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Old 05-24-2007
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Class III hitch on '98 B4000 Mazda.

Would I have to stop storing my spare tire underneath the truck to install a GOOD class III hitch?


Are there any tailgate spare tire holders? I have a cap on the bed, and climb in and out of it with the tailgate up when camping with it, anything I can do to still carry the spare around?
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No, not if you are using a stock size tire. My Hidden Hitch does not interfere with the spare at all.
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same here, i have a hidden hitch from uhaul and standard size tire still fits with no problem
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Yall standard 14" or 15"
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15"...225/70R15 tires with plenty of room to spare.

You could get a dealer installed hitch from Ford if you are still concerned about the spare. Ford actually requires you to have a full size spare if you want a trailer hitch on a new Ranger.
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its tight, but it fits, i will snap a pic of mine tomorrow
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with my hidden hitch my stock 235/75 r15 tire fits just fine
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i have 16's and i have room to spare, although the exhaust is tight, but plenty of room on hitch
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Ok cool guys..

Did yall install them yourself or have U-haul install your hidden hitch?
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I put mine on myself. It was a no-drill install. It definitely helps to have an extra set of hands around though when getting the hitch into place.
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if i remember correctly it was $165 total for the hitch and uhaul installed-although i did help him a little, hold a bolt here a wrench here, just to make sure it was done right
and it has a lifetime warranty, if it rusts, or is ever damaged, (from jackknife,overload) they will replace it no charge
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Ok cool Duane,

Not a bad price..

And of course I always offer a hand, if I can't do it myself it's a way to learn.
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The factory receiver hitch on my '03 FX4 LII is a class III. I can't speak to it being a 'good quality' hitch or not, but so far it hasn't let me down. It fits a ~31" full-size spare on a 16" rim just fine.

If Ford OEM can do it, it should be no problem for the after market.
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