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    Default Relocating the spare tire

    Anyone know if there's a way (maybe a kit) that would allow me to relocate the spare tire from inside the rear cargo area to somewhere else? I would like to have a swing away or maybe mount on top in the rear. I figure once I get larger tires, I'd have to do something like this anyway, plus I need as much interior cargo room as possible.

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    you can get a "better" roof rack and just put it there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by esponet View Post
    you can get a "better" roof rack and just put it there.
    Have any suggestions on brand?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ct9a View Post
    Anyone know if there's a way (maybe a kit) that would allow me to relocate the spare tire from inside the rear cargo area to somewhere else? I would like to have a swing away or maybe mount on top in the rear. I figure once I get larger tires, I'd have to do something like this anyway, plus I need as much interior cargo room as possible.

    How about the "Hitch Gate"? It's a universal swing-away tire carrier that mounts to your receiver hitch.
    Are we having fun, yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zippy View Post

    How about the "Hitch Gate"? It's a universal swing-away tire carrier that mounts to your receiver hitch.
    Wow, that thing is really expensive. Almost $700 for it. Very cool though, I may end up having to cough up the dough for it.

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    If you have mpg concerns don't ever put anything on the roof.We used a roof basket in our 2003 Pilot for 2 long trips New Orleans-Flagstaff-New Orleans of 3000 miles each. It got 15.9 mpg with that freakin' roof basket! New EPA ratingis 20 hy.

    By comparison when I cobbled together a carrier that I supported with a swing out bike carrier it got 22.25 same trips. Further comparison the 1998 Suburban that replaced the Pilot -because of $$ problems we sold the Pilot for $16,000 and bought the Suburban for $2950 -the Suburban got 21.3 mpg and 21.2 mpg on the same trips.Obviously I'm very happy with the Suburban-I put $13000 in my pocket, only gave up 1 mpg ,and have 50% more interior volume.The Pilot was a very good vehicle, but there is no substitute for BIG when traveling.Big interior= Comfort when traveling and sleeping in the cargo compartment like we do.

    Use any sort of hitch carrier before using the roof.The aero profile of the Suburbans is better than it looks, but a wheel on the roof will kill all GMs good work and cost a good 2 mpg on the highway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ct9a View Post
    Wow, that thing is really expensive. Almost $700 for it. Very cool though, I may end up having to cough up the dough for it.
    Yes, it's expensive. I was trying to illustrate the concept with their graphic, not the product. You could probably have something quite like if made-up. I wouldn't use the actual receiver to anchor the thing, but the cross tube of the receiver assembly (if your hitch is like mine). It's more stable, eliminates one bend, and leaves your receiver free. Latch, hanger and hinge hardware can be salvaged from any number of donors. As a final touch, paint it to match. Why pay for a "universal" accessory when you can have a purpose-built one that's better and cheaper?

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    Quote Originally Posted by phoebeisis View Post
    If you have mpg concerns don't ever put anything on the roof.
    AMEN!
    That's why I have one of the few Burbs without a roof rack. If I can't fit it in the Burb, then it can stay home. On its first real road trip, in addition to our normal travel gear, we took a piano and a bicycle from SoCal to Seattle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zippy View Post
    Yes, it's expensive. I was trying to illustrate the concept with their graphic, not the product. You could probably have something quite like if made-up. I wouldn't use the actual receiver to anchor the thing, but the cross tube of the receiver assembly (if your hitch is like mine). It's more stable, eliminates one bend, and leaves your receiver free. Latch, hanger and hinge hardware can be salvaged from any number of donors. As a final touch, paint it to match. Why pay for a "universal" accessory when you can have a purpose-built one that's better and cheaper?
    Guess it's time to learn to weld.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ct9a View Post
    Guess it's time to learn to weld.
    Oh, no!
    Please, find a competent welder... you can always learn to weld on someone else's truck.

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