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Old 01-03-2014, 08:56 PM   #1
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I have a 2011 Forest River Surveyor RKS. Does anyone know if the rear bumper can handle a bike rack or additional hitch attached. RV dealer said no way, but I've seen and spoken to plenty of RVrs who say it's not a problem. Thoughts? Looking to attach a tray with firewood or 4 bikes, depending on the season.
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Old 01-03-2014, 11:37 PM   #2
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normally, since the Surveyor has an ultra-light frame, doing any such thing would require a lot of welding and bracing a receiver to the frame and NEVER just the bumper. if you do just the bumper, you'll easily break the cheap welds and thin bumper metal.

but this mod will void what's left of the frame warranty.

so, it's up to you. many have done it, knowing that if it causes any frame damage, they'll have no ability to have it warrantied.
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just to let you know why so many advise against this on an ultralight trailer, it's because ultralights don't have the same beefy frame construction as 5th wheels, motorhomes and non-ultralight trailers.

and since travel trailers don't have shocks, the rear of a trailer will constantly be bouncing. just ask anyone who's ridden in a TT, while it's being towed.
therefore, all this bouncing will affect anything on the rear of the trailer, especially things that are held out and away, such as a bike rack or platform.
the physics involved will put stresses on the welds and metal of the frame and bumper, causing possible failure, due to its lightweight construction.
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