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GCHemi 02-28-2013 02:53 AM

Spare wheel carrier, replacement bumper
Hi everyone,

I'm a new member and looking for some advice.

My family and I are taking our 2006 Grand Cherokee 5.7 Hemi on an expedition to Iceland in August this year and I'm starting to look at how I can get it prepared.

Currently it's a stock vehicle, but will be making modifications to it so that it can cope with what we need.

We've been advised that we'll need to carry at least 1 spare wheel and extra fuel - good for 300 miles range.

The Jeep has been converted to run on LPG so the spare wheel space has been used to host the LPG tank - sadly no LPG in Iceland :-S

I don't really want to overload the roof so was looking for another option.

I really like the look of this, anyone had or know anyone that has had one of these fitted?

Rear Multicarrier Bumper Jeep Grand Cherokee WK (05-10): BlueLakeOffroad

I've already contacted them and am looking at getting the dual Jerry can fitment.

I haven't put an order in yet, but probably will soon unless someone advises me of a better option.

GCHemi 02-28-2013 10:48 AM

Re: Spare wheel carrier, replacement bumper
Better picture of it here:

FAQ: BlueLakeOffroad

4.whoa 03-02-2013 10:17 AM

Re: Spare wheel carrier, replacement bumper
Sounds like a heck of a trip! I'm not an offroader myself,but this is justin-overland 's jeep his looks pretty stout.

Question for you, I dont know too much about running LPG, but i'm fairly sure you can't put it in jerry cans,and just top off your tank, so is it a dual fuel?

GCHemi 03-04-2013 11:07 AM

Re: Spare wheel carrier, replacement bumper
Thanks for posting that pic, looking at that, looks a lot better than what I'm looking at BlueLake for. I like the idea that you don't have to replace the rear bumper.

I'll have a look at some of the fabrication companies local to me to see if they can do anything.

Yeah, sorry 4.whoa, the GC is dual fuel.

The jerry cans are for petrol only.

I think the longest point between petrol stations is 300 miles, so the jerry cans are there to top up.

Iceland sadly doesn't use LPG so will be using petrol during the trip. Their petrol is cheaper than the UK so won't hurt as much. LPG prices are nearly half as much as standard petrol here, so LPG gives me a big benefit.

I don't know what the range of the Hemi is on petrol only (can anyone post up their range on 1 tank?)

The speed limit in Iceland is around 56 mph so I may just sit behind a truck (limited to 56mph) on a highway until the tank runs dry to see how far I can get.

4.whoa 03-04-2013 03:52 PM

Re: Spare wheel carrier, replacement bumper
I think the best i can remember from 1 tank was around 340 miles, but this was cruising about 70mph on the hwy. I would think @56mph it would do alot better, but the more stuff you have with you (more weight & aerodynamic drag) would factor in.
Is it a chore to swap to n from LPG? if not you can leave with that tank full and only use it to get to the next fuel stop if you get into trouble.

GCHemi 03-05-2013 02:26 AM

Re: Spare wheel carrier, replacement bumper
Wow 340 miles! That's a lot further than I thought - I need to try it at 56mph, when I do I'll post up.

Yeah, you're right, with the extra load, will reduce that. When we've got all the kit on:

roof tent
roof rack
camping equipment
spare wheel
jerry cans
2 weeks clothing and miscellaneous stuff.

We're also going to be running on all terrain tyres and steel wheels.

I like your thinking, the LPG tank is good for 280miles, mainly cruising at 70mph, so it would be a useful top up.

Not knowing how long this will last us over the 2 weeks, we would still need the jerry can back up, but that's a useful tip :-)

The switch over is pretty much seamless and smooth with no hiccups.

There's a switch on the dash very much like this:

The vehicle starts up automatically on petrol, when the engine reaches the right temperature, it will automatically switch over to LPG.

If you want to run on petrol, you just press the petrol button, when you want to switch back to LPG, just press the LPG button.

When the LPG runs low, it will emit an alarm and flash, you have to manually switch it back to petrol.

If you want to, you can start the engine on LPG but only should do this if you have to.

Running on LPG is pretty good, it's a tiny bit down on power compared to running on petrol.

To fill our LPG tank it costs about $90 and usually lasts 5 days of commuting 32 miles a day, depending on how fast you travel.

Filling up with petrol costs around $166 and wouldn't last the 5 days.

I was thinking of running with the LPG to get to Denmark, but I suppose we could take the hit and use the petrol only.

We take the ferry from the northern tip of Denmark to Iceland, but we can either drive to Denmark or take the ferry from the UK to Denmark.

I'm thinking that we could take the ferry to Denmark then take the kids to the Danish LegoLand on the way.

BTW this is the trip brochure:

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