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Old 07-12-2016, 03:47 PM   #21
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The bumper rating is straight down weight. This option has a large torque component so the bumper capacity is significantly reduced. If you search you will see that people that carry bikes on bumper mounts claim they get bounced around badly or even lost.

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Swagman 4 Bike Carrier RV Mounted Bike Rack

Product weight 41 lbs, plus 4 bikes (say 30lbs ea) = around 160 lbs. Also looks much more stable on the bumper with the 4 bumper attach points. Hummm


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Old 07-12-2016, 04:12 PM   #22
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That's a good point, I would NOT carry any bike worth anything on a bumper mount rack. Even though I think I am "OK" with the Mount-n-Lock arms and straps, the bikes move on the rack and bang each other. Significant scratch damage.

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Old 07-12-2016, 09:26 PM   #23
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Curt receiver for RV Bumper

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Well we have only had our TT a little over 2 weeks now and have been to 2 campgrounds and love it! We would, however, like to make better use of space for additional items like 4 mountain bikes, a cooler, our fire pit and possibly a moped or two. We pack up the bed of my Dodge which along with the TT sags my rear pretty bad.

My question... has anyone had a hitch welded to the frame of their TT and if so, how much weight can you put in a cargo carrier? OR added a bolt on bumper hitch receiver and a bike rack? OR ...... any other options....

I have a Curt Class 3 bumper hitch to attach to the rear bumper (4" square) of your TT. It will allow you to attach a trailer behind if your state allows triple towing. I will let it go for $25.00 plus shipping (about 1/2 cost of new unit)

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Old 07-12-2016, 09:56 PM   #24
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If you have enough space in your truck bed a Tail Gate Mat works well for me. I have a Thule Gate Mate Tailgate Pad and carry 4 bikes, so far frm the west coast to the east coast it has worked well. The bikes are off it now and I can't find a good pic of it but you can kind of see how it looks on my truck. The other pic is a stock pic from Thule.
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Old 07-12-2016, 10:35 PM   #25
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Originally Posted by GoodTimesNY View Post
I guess I can load the other goodies in the TT, maybe even in the bathroom to put a little weight towards the back of the TT.
Be careful with putting stuff in the back of the trailer. You need to maintain a tongue weight of 10 - 15% of trailer weight.
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Old 07-12-2016, 10:40 PM   #26
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Just another truck option, warning it is a bit pricey. I liked this to secure bike from harm and was able to use the truck bed for other items. (could do four bikes or with two bikes was still able to carry canoe on a roof rack.
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Old 07-12-2016, 11:07 PM   #27
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A bike mount on the front of truck may be your best bet
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Old 07-13-2016, 04:02 AM   #28
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If ever a thread needs deleted immediately on this and other RV/Camping boards its these fear mongering rear attached rack threads.

Despite thousands upon thousands of people adding things to their rigs such as asked in this thread, most of whom never even visit a forum, it's always it can't be done. This forum is especially guilty of it. When I read through this thread I read a substantial amount of personal opinions and a lot of it is not based on any facts whatsoever. The fact is there are as many ways bumpers are attached to frames, and receivers and racks can be attached to frames, as there are opinions on these threads. The naysayers lump everything into the "it can't be done category"!
Well it can be done.

When someone posts up how they accomplished what is asked, with real proof including pictures, they are simply ignored by the naysayers on the boards and not acknowledged. Its actually very amusing to watch. I guess it's human nature and people just refuse to admit when they're wrong.

I for one do not believe in things that "cant be done". I look at things and figure out how it can be done. I get paid for it. The thing that I always get a good laugh out of is when the "ultralight" BS and welded together frame gets mentioned. Welded together frame rails, or manufactured beams, are the norm on just about every towable made today except some of the largest. Hardly anyone uses a true rolled structural member anymore and when one is used its usually a partial reinforcement. Ultralight is nothing more that a marketing term on a brochure and website, and I challenge anyone to provide verifiable proof otherwise. Most of the frames are made shoddily by LCI, with the least amount of material possible. Funny a quick web search will turn up multitudes of cracked and bent frames on supposed "heavyweight" 5ers, but few on trailers named "ultralight". Also the warranty statements that always come up is nothing more than a load of BS. Its the frame supplier and RV manufacturer attempting to cover their collective rear ends for the cruddy things they produce. All I have with my 2017 Rockwood even mentioning the frame is a small CYA sticker inside a cabinet. It says "Warning, attaching anything to the rear "BUMPER" "MAY" void your warranty. Nothing is mentioned about attaching to the frame and "may" has a broad meaning. Try and get a written warranty document from F.R. or LCI relating to the frame and spelling out the exact terms, you won't.
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Old 07-13-2016, 06:44 AM   #29
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i have the answer for the weight problems
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Old 07-13-2016, 07:08 AM   #30
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I wanted a little extra space, so I added a folding rack. It sits on the bumper, but it is connected to the back of the trailer. I just put light weight things on it. It eliminates the torsion element of something just attached to the bumper. My frame extends under the bumper and is welded. Seems very strong to me. I also carry two spares on the bumper. My spare came with a fold down carrier. I could never figure out what that feature was for, but it allowed a lot of movement of the spare. A large weight on the end of an 18" arm bouncing around in the middle of a bumper is a receipe for metal fatigue. I bolted it so it no longer moves.

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