Originally Posted by gwdave
I have questions however I will wait until I get done with the dealer to ask them... My wife has a bicycle trike (camping world) that I carried on the back, so I need to install a receiver hitch on the back bumper to put the rack on, I think I need to get an extension for the rack so I don't have to remove the spare tire, and carry it in the back of the truck.....
Firstly, congratulations on your new camper! It's always exciting and a happy wife leads to a happy life (or so the saying goes!).
Next, do you intend to mount the hitch directly to the bumper? (with something like this
If so, let me warn you that a buddy of mine did just that. The force of the spare tire and bikes bent the bumper and broke welds between the bumper and frame and let his bikes drag down the road. It wasn't until another motorist was able to get him to stop and pull over did he know it was happening.
The general consensus is that it isn't the frame that's the problem, it's the bumper itself and it's welds to the frame. The bumper is flimsy. I can't speak to the welds, but I've heard more than one "bikes drug down the roadway" story to believe that there is a problem there, as well.
I don't know specifically that adding a hitch to a bumper will void any warranties like turbo says, but I can see it as a bad idea.
If you're going to pursue this path, I'd recommend that you go to a welder and have them fabricate a hitch that is mounted directly to the frame. However, the general consensus is that any welding onto the frame itself will void the frame's warranty.
I haven't personally looked into the warranty aspect- just what I've read here and other places on the Internet. But, you know what they say about that... if it's on the Internet, it must be true.