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Old 07-12-2016, 10:44 AM   #1
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TT Frame or Bumper Hitch/Towing

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....

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Old 07-12-2016, 10:50 AM   #2
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Old 07-12-2016, 10:56 AM   #3
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I think what Mr H is referring to is what we would call a divisive issue. Some will claim that it's fine, others that it's an invitation to disaster.

I'm in the latter camp. Most bumpers are neither made of strong steel nor securely mounted. Add slack between the bumper-mounted receiver and the bike rack and the amount of bounce the back of a trailer sees and it's an oscillating situation.

Personally I have never seen bikes, rack and TT bumper lying in the ditch or on the highway, but I've heard stories. I'm not willing to chance it, myself.

Any chance of adding a front receiver to your truck?
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Old 07-12-2016, 11:01 AM   #4
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If you have a hitch welded to the frame rails you would be fine. I would not get a bolt on receiver for the back bumper though.

They also make these which could work too.
https://www.etrailer.com/RV-Hitch/Curt/13703.html
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Old 07-12-2016, 11:05 AM   #5
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I guarantee if you use the search field you can read for days about the to bumper mount or not to bumper mount. I would recommend closing this thread and just reading others. Dont say we didn't warn you....
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Old 07-12-2016, 11:11 AM   #6
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The words "Ultra Light" in the model of your camper tells you that the frame, nor bumper, are strong enough for this type of addition. Your frame is most likely a welded I-beam frame, made to reduce weight. We've all seen the pictures of torn off bumpers and bent frames. These are just words of caution.
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Old 07-12-2016, 11:14 AM   #7
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Here's the one on my Mini-Lite. I had a similar one on my Roo 19. No issues. But I wouldn't put more than 2 bikes on it.
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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.
Four mountain bikes indicates four people in the truck. That, plus all the stuff you indicate you pack and around 800 lbs tongue weight on a 1/2 ton equals probably way over payload and most likely on passenger tires. I'm not one of those weight police guys, but it sounds like you may be quite a bit over before it's all said and done. Just make sure you do a lot of research on your weight limits before you start bringing everything but the kitchen sink with you. Also, make sure your WDH is properly set up (verified yourself and not just the way the dealership or someone else set it up).

EDIT: Actually....according to FR on the new 2607A dry TW is 814. Sounds high, but if that's the case, you're pushing 1000-ish lbs on the truck right there.
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I went for one of these and mounted the bikes in front of the trailer. It gets them out of the box of the truck and safer on the front with less bounce and no worry on how strong is the back bumper and frame. The dodges are soft on the back end so hopefully you are already using a wieght distribution hitch but you may need air bags as well. As already stated you can search the forum here with more topic than you can read on both the hitch on the back and air bags.

https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Car...on/CC-275.html


I have had a bike rack break on the back of a trailer and don't trust them back there no more. As well on a trip together my brother in law ripped the whole bumper off a trailer. He did have to pick up his bikes rack and bumper off the side of the road.
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Old 07-12-2016, 11:24 AM   #10
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Sounds like truck already over loaded be for leaving driveway. I think ya need to carry less Later RJD
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