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Old 09-02-2017, 06:36 AM   #1
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Outback 250URS BAL Hide-A-Spare

One week into ownership and my mods have started. . . .

I cannot stand crouching under the bed slide lowering the spare to get a camp chair out. I think the BAL Hide-A-Spare is my best bet to make this a little less painful. I have done enough research to know what I think the right model is (28216B), but any assistance is appreciated.

Does anyone know which BAL Hide-A-Spare model fits a 2018 250URS?

And, where on the frame did you install yours?

Pictures are always welcome

Thanks! (in advance)
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Old 09-06-2017, 03:23 PM   #2
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No one has a Hide-a-spare on a Outback 250?
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Old 09-06-2017, 03:52 PM   #3
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Not sure if anyone has one on their Outback but I saw several of these on 5th wheels and if you get the specs and do some measuring it might work just in front of or behind the axles.


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Old 09-06-2017, 05:16 PM   #4
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I installed this Hide-a-Spare on my Bullet. It mounted securely on the I-frame over the coroplast. There was some flexibility on mounting positions in case you have to contend with an lpg line. Easy install and It freed up my bumper.
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Old 09-06-2017, 07:34 PM   #5
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Not sure if anyone has one on their Outback but I saw several of these on 5th wheels and if you get the specs and do some measuring it might work just in front of or behind the axles.


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I installed this Hide-a-Spare on my Bullet. It mounted securely on the I-frame over the coroplast. There was some flexibility on mounting positions in case you have to contend with an lpg line. Easy install and It freed up my bumper.
Thanks to both of you. I did notice the gas line runs just the entire length of the trailer, but my frame isn't a I beam. It looks like will miss that line. I did wonder in front or behind the axles. Which would be better. Part of me thinks it would be safer behind the axles, but not really sure about that.
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Thanks to both of you. I did notice the gas line runs just the entire length of the trailer, but my frame isn't a I beam. It looks like will miss that line. I did wonder in front or behind the axles. Which would be better. Part of me thinks it would be safer behind the axles, but not really sure about that.
It came on my Montana HC. It is located behind the axels as it should be. Mine is in front of the FW tank and that is as far back as possible. Helps reduce PW by a few #.
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Old 09-17-2017, 03:07 PM   #7
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Mine arrived on the front porch while we were camping yesterday. Amazon wasn't supposed to deliver it untill Tuesday. Luckily it was still sitting there when we got home this afternoon. I'll let you know how the install goes.

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Old 09-19-2017, 04:14 PM   #8
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It came on my Montana HC. It is located behind the axels as it should be. Mine is in front of the FW tank and that is as far back as possible. Helps reduce PW by a few #.
Any chance you have a picture of how it is attached to the frame? I have not had time to read the instructions, but wondering if it is bolted through the frame or to the frame.

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I installed mine behind the axle and with self taping screws to the frame. Very easy install.
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I installed mine behind the axle and with self taping screws to the frame. Very easy install.
Thanks! That's what I was hoping for. I just wasn't sure it would hold up without nuts and bolts. I was not really wanting to drill through the frame if it's boxed and I am not even sure what a "Z frame" means, but that is what Keystone and Norco told me I have.
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Z frame in the RV world is basically a zinc coating to prevent rust. It could still be an I beam or box frame. I believe the outback still uses I beam.
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Any chance you have a picture of how it is attached to the frame? I have not had time to read the instructions, but wondering if it is bolted through the frame or to the frame.

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