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Old 01-03-2014, 09:00 PM   #1
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Rear Bumper/frame strength

I have a 2011 Forest River Surveyor RKS. Does anyone know if the rear bumper can handle a bike rack or additional hitch attached. RV dealer said no way, but I've seen and spoken to plenty of RVrs who say it's not a problem. Thoughts? Looking to attach a tray with firewood or 4 bikes, depending on the season.
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:11 PM   #2
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The rear bumpers barely strong enough to hold your sewer hose. If you're thinking of adding something like that, and you're not worried about your frame, have one manufactured that is reinforced and can handle the weight.
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The rear bumpers barely strong enough to hold your sewer hose. If you're thinking of adding something like that, and you're not worried about your frame, have one manufactured that is reinforced and can handle the weight.
And make sure you have a qualified welder look at the frame BEFORE you build anything. The frames are a fabricated thin metal I beam and are not your normal structural I steel beam.

IMO, you're playing with fire.
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My dealer refused to add a hitch to our trailer. He said the extra weight and flexing could cause the wall to crack at the corners of the slide out. I would trust his advice over several TT owners who have installed a hitch with "no problems yet".
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Ours came with a folding bike tray on the rear. A 2014 surveyor 295 Sport. We had 4 bikes on it last week, seemed pretty solid and we had no problems in 800 miles of road miles, however, I do wish we could see it when at full speed! I wondered how much 'bounce' it had.
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You will find a LOT of debate on the bike rack-on-bumper issue. A number of people have mentioned that they've "seen" or "heard of" failures but there's never any details of what kind of rack, how many bikes, just clamped to the bumper or welded receiver, with or without spare tire, etc. etc. Without details, I suspect any failures were probably racks clamped to the bumper. As stated above, the bumper isn't very stout by itself.

Below a link to just such a debate. On page 4 you'll see pics of the 2" receiver my dealer installed on my Roo19. I believe it's pretty stout. I have a couple thousand miles on it with two bikes on a Thule TH990XT rack. Bikes are about 30lbs each and the rack is maybe 30 pounds.

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Here's what the back of my Chaparral mid profile has on it for bumper specs.
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Does anyone have experience with this ladder type of bike rack? It mounts to the back wall of the TT rather than the bumper.

Ladder Bike Rack - Stromberg Carlson LA-102 - Bike Racks - Camping World
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GeorgiaBears: You will find a LOT of debate on the bike rack-on-bumper issue. A number of people have mentioned that they've "seen" or "heard of" failures but there's never any details of what kind of rack, how many bikes, just clamped to the bumper or welded receiver, with or without spare tire, etc. etc. Without details, I suspect any failures were probably racks clamped to the bumper. As stated above, the bumper isn't very stout by itself. Below a link to just such a debate. On page 4 you'll see pics of the 2" receiver my dealer installed on my Roo19. I believe it's pretty stout. I have a couple thousand miles on it with two bikes on a Thule TH990XT rack. Bikes are about 30lbs each and the rack is maybe 30 pounds. Bumper mounted bike rack
Actually there is plenty if proof right here in this forum. Herk, time for your pictures!
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