Originally Posted by Viva
Just for a further data point, I checked and see that I went with the Draw Tite tire carrier ( "Draw-Tite 6715 Hitch Mounted Spare Tire Carrier"). I was comparing it to the Curt version (before purchasing) and went with the Draw-Tite because it angles the tire a bit less (although it does still angle it) and I don't really like the look of the angle, so I wanted the least angled one.
I'm not sure about the Curt, but both the Draw Tite front hitch I got (Draw Tite 65001) and the spare carrier (Draw Tite 6715) have provision for the Draw Tite J-hook dealie that makes it not wobble (Draw Tite 63201) (this goes into an "extra hole" that is in the hitch product).
You can see all these products on e-Trailer - the page with the hitch itself has some customer provided photos that show it mounted on an E-450 (stock bumper).
I managed to mount the hitch with the provided fish wires and did not remove the bumper, but it was a challenge. I think it would have been easier to remove the bumper but I was in a campground and so was trying to make it look as much as possible like I was "not working on my vehicle." Having the bumper lying around in the campsite wouldn't have helped my image
Viva - I can't find the customer pictures you reference on the e-trailer site. Could we trouble you for a photo or two of your installation? In particular a side view - like you I'd like to minimize how far back the tire is angled.
Thanks - Lee