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Old 02-23-2015, 09:16 AM   #1
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Trailer with a tail

Looks like he has his bikes attached to the flimsy bumper which causes flex and probably caused the bumper cap to fall out. Before I knew better on my old trailer I attached my bikes to the bumper and the bumper caps would work themselves out all the time while the bikes were attached. Go thing the caps were the only thing that fell out.



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Old 02-23-2015, 09:29 AM   #2
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And this is why bike racks are a no no.
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Old 02-23-2015, 09:52 AM   #3
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And this is why bike racks are a no no.
Or time to install the hoses under the RV with the plastic fence post system or tubes.
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Old 02-23-2015, 10:01 AM   #4
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Dang. I just put a bike rack on for the DW. Now I'll just have to take it off for safety concerns.
Exercise was coming in quickly to camping instead of doing what I usually do. NOT MUCH. lol
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Old 02-23-2015, 10:29 AM   #5
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I found my bumper caps hanging by a thread on 2 occasions.
We NEVER had anything mounted on the bumper. I even
removed the spare and hung it under the nose.

Caps can bounce out simply with a little tail wag.
Hose slides back and forth in the bumper and bumps out the caps.

Many of us here on FRF have drilled the bumper and caps and inserted
various items to hold the cap.
Some suggested stainless steel skewers from the dollar store.
Another used SS welding rod.
I made mine out of galvanized fence wire.

Friction fit caps will likely fall out eventually unless you secure them.
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Hose is to long for the bumper and accordioned out and pushed the cap off.
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Hose is to long for the bumper and accordioned out and pushed the cap off.
Right!
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Right!

Don't come down to my level in the conversation....


(I had the same camper for years and it did the same thing.... so I wrapped the hose around the spare tire and duck taped it to it...... eewww... )
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I have had the caps fall out for no apparent reason several times. So I installed caps that have hinged doors then installed screws to make permanent (cut/filed the screw tips down on the inside so they didn't catch on the hose).
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I now put mine in a container under storage with all of the stuff needed.
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