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#1 OFFLINE   TDWebster

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Posted 05 September 2015 - 04:20 AM

I'm relatively new to this forum, usually I just read the various topics, learning from others.

Now I have a question that I found little available info from searching, and I'm interested in your thought and recommendations.

 

I have a 2005 Dodge basically all stock cummins dually, with a A/F 990 on top.

 

What I would like to do is pull the spare out from under it and place it in front, ahead of the bumper. It believe it stands to reason that a front hitch will be a necessity, but here is the real curious part. With the offset in the stock dually wheel, would the standard hub offset used on the front bearing unit be enough to mount this to the front spare to a hitch mounted carrier

 

By doing this, I've also conceived that I could add an air receiver under the bed to install onboard compressed air for perhaps an air operated bottle jack and impact gun, plus other assorted accessories, and possible additional batteries for a future solar install. etc, etc. etc

 

Any thoughts or recommendations you might have are always welcome.



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Posted 05 September 2015 - 06:37 PM

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Posted 05 September 2015 - 07:19 PM

I'm wary of impeding airflow to the grille. I was able to travel the length of SD in the summer without my fan working. I'm not sure this would have been the case with a tire or storage box obstructing the radiator. My temperatures have always been good with the front end left unobstructed and open to breathe.

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Posted 06 September 2015 - 10:02 AM

Don't do it. Had a tool box up front it blocked the air. In winter it was great hardly caused the truck to heat up. Then the trip to AZ that was an eye opener ran about 20 degrees hotter than normal. Had to pull over and put it in the trailer then the temp dropped back to normal. Not like the old days where there were dozens of ways the raditors could get air todays trucks are tight to find vacant room anywhere up front 


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Posted 06 September 2015 - 01:46 PM

KnightEagle,

 

Thanks for your reply, this is why I posted this, I was afraid of that--------Maybe another core wide radiator?

 

Essentially, I have the same rig as you, I must assume you carry the spare in the boat or in a trailer now?

 

I really want to remove the spare from under the bed, as it would be a royal PIA to dismount it if I did have a flat.  I have no problem changing the tire, just hate like heck crawling under there with the camper on top to pull the spare out, then put the flat back under!

 

I have time to approach this-----just not sure what direction to go yet, perhaps some radiator engineering will have to be done.  number of tubes, increased surface area, percent heat transfer ratio------- it can be done, just have to figure out the price tag.



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Posted 06 September 2015 - 02:52 PM

On the Fords, you can rotate the lifting mechanism 90 degrees and reach it through the wheel well instead of the rear. Once the tire is lowered, you pull the truck forward to retrieve it. Loading up the flat is the reverse process.

Drop your spare and see if you can rotate your carrier to make it easier.

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Posted 06 September 2015 - 03:16 PM

I will check that out, it is an option



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Posted 06 September 2015 - 10:39 PM

For a few years I carried a spare tire on a front reciever hitch I had no problemswith over heating and did not experience the clutch fan kicking in more then normal traveling up the mountains at 80 to 90F

I also can put on a large aluminum storage box up front for an inflatable kayak also did not experience overheating, but have only used it early spring, but it did throw the outside thermometer out because of the reduced flow, but it was a large box

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Posted 07 September 2015 - 01:20 AM

Thank You farmer,

This is encouraging to hear.



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Posted 07 September 2015 - 06:48 AM

TD,

 

I have had front bumper mounted tire carriers on at least 3 trucks in the past.  One of them had a TC mounted on it.  They were 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton trucks with gas engines.  I never had an overheat problem with any of them contrary to what more than a few folks told me about that possibility.  Back then, all the front end racks were bumper mounts and cost under $50.  They are still available (but cost more than $50) if you don't want to go to the expense of having a receiver mounted to the front of the truck.  The receiver racks cost more than $100 just by themselves.

 

You didn't say if your truck was a diesel, but since its a dually, I assume that it is.  Based on my experience with one diesel and many gas engines, I believe that gas engines are much better at maintaining a constant engine temperature than are diesel engines.  My 2008 diesel engine temperature would wander all over the gauge while my current gas engine stays a constant temperature under all driving conditions.  Pulling long uphill grades in 100 degree air I've never seen it move;  The diesel engine temperature would always increase under those conditions.  It would be interesting to hear others experiences with diesel engines vs.as engines and would definitely be a consideration factor.


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Posted 07 September 2015 - 07:57 AM

Another factor is I frequently tow 6000-8000 lbs behind my truck/TC combination. If I was working my truck less with only a TC, it would be less of a concern.

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Posted 07 September 2015 - 10:16 AM

Yes,  more load equals more heat.

 

I'm inclined right now to think I would be OK with the spare out front, especially if I used a receiver arrangement as this would require the tire mount assembly to be forward of the bumper.  Having a hitch up front would also be useful to launch and boat being able to hook on and guide it into the water from the front instead of from the back (with the camper on), where I can't even see the boat in my mirrors right now when its hooked up.



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Posted 01 October 2015 - 11:42 AM

Buy a front receiver (Curt makes them) and try it.  If it doesn't work for you, you still have a very handy hitch for launching a boat or even parking one in your garage.



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Posted 02 October 2015 - 06:55 AM

The amount of air being blocked also depends on how close the tire, tool box, whatever, is to the grill. I use a front hitch with either a generator or other large things, on it it. It's on a cargo carrier that sits about 10" off of the grill. It has never run hot, even in the upper 90's. If the tire carrie sits tight to the grill, it might restrict air flow a bit more. As was already stated, having a hitch up front is pretty convenient. I use a Bodiak hitch that clamps to the tow hooks. VERY easy install. I like that extra meat up front to protect the front grill from idiots that don't know how to drive as well. ;-)

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Posted 02 October 2015 - 08:25 AM

Even with things mounted at a distance from the grill need to keep it low as well. Had a tool box up front bottom half of radiator open and 16+" off the brush guard still ran very warm in 90+ weather, perfect in the cold wonder why! So I be prepared to remove it if it does run warmer than you like.


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Posted 02 October 2015 - 05:38 PM

I have a 2005 Cummins Dually as well.   When I carry a generator box on the front rack, in winter conditions, there is no change in operating temp. But in summer, there is a noticable rise due to the blockage.

 

Therefore, I just replaced the OEM 195 degree thermostat with a OEM 180 degree thermostat and it really shows on the dashboard gauge.    But, I haven't tried it yet with the generator in place.  You have to order the 180 as nobody stocks it for the CTD.

 

And, as said before, without the box in place, when pulling a big grade the engine temp still rises from the (now-cool) 180 degrees to 200+ degrees or more.   

 

Merely changing the thermostat may be a logical thing to do for carrying a box, generator or spare tire up front.   It may help compensate some for any temperature rise caused by air blockage.

 

In hot conditions, with a hitch carrier mounted to a front hitch, you could carry your spare horizontally during those trips to eliminate much of the air blockage.



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Posted 03 October 2015 - 03:00 AM

I have a 2005 Cummins Dually as well.   When I carry a generator box on the front rack, in winter conditions, there is no change in operating temp. But in summer, there is a noticable rise due to the blockage.

 

Therefore, I just replaced the OEM 195 degree thermostat with a OEM 180 degree thermostat and it really shows on the dashboard gauge.    But, I haven't tried it yet with the generator in place.  You have to order the 180 as nobody stocks it for the CTD.

 

And, as said before, without the box in place, when pulling a big grade the engine temp still rises from the (now-cool) 180 degrees to 200+ degrees or more.   

 

Merely changing the thermostat may be a logical thing to do for carrying a box, generator or spare tire up front.   It may help compensate some for any temperature rise caused by air blockage.

 

In hot conditions, with a hitch carrier mounted to a front hitch, you could carry your spare horizontally during those trips to eliminate much of the air blockage.

Good point, that's also a possibility.

 

I'm ready to pull the trigger on this, but one other thing came to mind, GROUND CLEARANCE, Most of the hitches I've looked at put the receiver tube below the air dam, I did find one from warn that actually places the tube through the air dam which will keep it above ground within the OEM ride height. I need to check into that a litttle more before I do it. I don't like the idea of cutting a hole in the air dam but I also don't like the idea of scraping the front hitch on the ground in a back roads situation. 

 

Thanks everyone for your input-------by the time I get to retirement, I'll have this thing all set for some adventure beyond the pavement. Your input is greatly appreciated!!



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Posted 03 October 2015 - 07:09 AM

First, as for ground clearance, you can get an insert that will have a raised secondary tube, which will raise your hitch hauler (rack) above the ground by a few inches.  A very good source for parts such as this is www.etrailer.com.    Something such as THIS.

 

I bought a cargo hauler at Tractor Supply that was hinged at the insert, and doubled as a bike rack.   Such a platform could be used in the vertical position to strap your tire to it when traveling, or if need be for cooling, merely dropped down for carrying the tire (or any other load) horizontally.  The Dee Zee is the one I used.  It was an ok hitch and inexpensive.   See HERE.

 

I also made my own haulers for my generators and increased the ground clearance by adding a step up.  See picture for the concept.

 

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Posted 04 October 2015 - 03:06 PM

Good point, that's also a possibility.
 
I'm ready to pull the trigger on this, but one other thing came to mind, GROUND CLEARANCE,


The Bodiak mounts (clamps VERY securely) to the front tow hooks. Well above the air dam on most trucks. Check out their web site for your truck. Certainly no ground clearance issue for me. Same specs as most others, 500 tongue weight, 8000 lb pull capacity. I love it, AND stupid easy to install.

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Posted 04 October 2015 - 05:18 PM

Hi,

 

I'm interested in these front hitches.  

They are such a good idea as they get the weight to the front where it needs to be.

 

In Australia, most of us run a bull bar or some type of frontal protection mostly to reduce damage from hitting a kangaroo or other widlife. We have to have these bars certified as "air bag compatible" or they are illegal. They often must be "crash tested" to make sure they crumple at about the rate of the normal bumper.

 

I would not be game to try to get a front hitch approved. The guy that built my bar flatly refused to fit a front hitch receiver to my bar  (it would be very easy during manufacture) as the vehicle was fitted with air bags. He would have if no air bag was fitted.

 

I was wondering if this have ever been an issue in USA. By air bag I mean the cabin occupant accident protection ones not the suspension ones.

 

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