Originally Posted by jwedell
Most of the problems come from bumper mounted hitches like the one below
Curt Trailer Hitches Details - Del City
The levered twisting force causes the bumper welds to separate. The hitches attached to the frame are much stronger. All Mfgs. Void the frame warranty if bumper hitches are installed.
If you use one keep an eye on the welds.
Started Out With Nothing,
Still Have Most Of It Left!
Which is why I had a piece welded between the frames, behind the bumper. I kept the receiver close to the rear edge of the bumper, but it was welded to the support piece as well as the bumper. Carried 3 bikes to Myrtle Beach and back. Then carried the poly toolbox mentioned in a previous post. Never had an issue. But on the other hand, I tried to not overload things.
I do know some people strongly advise against doing anything or attaching anything to the rear bumper. Know the risks before hand.