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Old 09-24-2016, 03:58 PM   #1
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Bumper Rating on 16 fb clipper

Looking through my material today and can't find the weight rating for my bumper.I am thinking of getting a 2 bike rack for it.I can keep or leave the spare there but didn't want to have both on there if it wouldn't take it.
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Old 09-24-2016, 08:24 PM   #2
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If it is like the bumper on our 17FQ then it is barely strong enough to hold itself. I did not even trust it with the weight of the spare and moved it to the tongue.
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Old 09-24-2016, 08:52 PM   #3
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Do yourself a favor and do a search on the forum for "bike rack." (See the Search field at the top of the page.)

You'll learn more than you want to know, and will understand the can of worms you have just opened. This subject creates almost as much debate as the diesel vs gas or Ford vs Chevy vs Ram debates.

The basic answer is: probably not a good idea to just bolt a bike rack onto your 4" bumper.

I've had beefed up 2" receivers welded to the frame and bumper on my two TT's.

You can also hang your spare under the TT with BAL hide-a-spare. See here:
Installing BAL Hide-A-Spare on a Mini Lite
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Old 09-25-2016, 09:08 AM   #4
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Email the manufacturer. I asked the same question and they sent me a schematic with bumper rating. You may also consider the bumper helpers/support. Seems like some people have used them. I never understood why they do not include bike racks as standard equipment.
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Old 09-25-2016, 07:21 PM   #5
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I will try to contact them for some info but will check under this thing also.The bumper is really not as thick as people think and I can understand the problem.I can relocate the the spare easy enough,and may use the spare holder in this process.Between my welding stuff and my tent camper- engineer neighbor we can overbuild it LOL Plus he can get away from the wife
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just barely strong enough to hold a sewer hose
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Here's an on-going discussion of another option:

4Square SafetyStruts bumper support brackets
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