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Old 06-03-2016, 08:44 AM   #1
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Back bumper bike rack

We took our tow vehicle and A frame camper to a truck scale yesterday to weigh everything, including the tongue weight to see if we could mount two adult bikes on the front hitch. Turns out the bikes will make the tongue weight too heavy.

So, we will have to attach them to the back of the camper, where the spare tire is.

If you have an A frame camper and transport bikes on the back bumper, how are you doing it?
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Old 06-03-2016, 09:22 AM   #2
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We have a Flagstaff a-frame. The bumper on it is purely for decoration. It won't protect from a collison and it surely wouldn't hold a bike rack. We have a pickup with a topper, bikes are transported inside that.
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Old 06-03-2016, 09:39 AM   #3
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[QUOTE=lonewolf465;1215788]We have a Flagstaff a-frame. The bumper on it is purely for decoration. It won't protect from a collison and it surely wouldn't hold a bike rack.

X2. You could however go to frame shop and have them assess what you could attach to the frame to support that extra weight
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Old 06-03-2016, 09:40 AM   #4
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If your camper is new you will void your warranty. Rear bumper will not hold bike rack. Later RJD
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Old 06-03-2016, 11:56 AM   #5
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If you are not overly fond of your rear bumper, you can attach anything to it but it won't last. The frames and bumpers were designed for the purpose intended. I wish I saved a picture of my friend's bumper and bicycles after it fell off and the semi tractor and trailer destroyed it
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Old 06-03-2016, 12:47 PM   #6
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If your camper is new you will void your warranty. Rear bumper will not hold bike rack. Later RJD
It will possibly void the frame's warranty, not the factory warranty.
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Ditto to all of the above. We investigated after DH (a mechanical type) convinced me that bumper was too wimpy for bike rack. Put a hitch on front of TV and put standard bike rack there.

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We took our tow vehicle and A frame camper to a truck scale yesterday to weigh everything, including the tongue weight to see if we could mount two adult bikes on the front hitch. Turns out the bikes will make the tongue weight too heavy.

So, we will have to attach them to the back of the camper, where the spare tire is.

If you have an A frame camper and transport bikes on the back bumper, how are you doing it?
Wow, your tow vehicle must not have much hitch capacity, to not be able to have an extra 100lbs.
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The hitch max capacity with two people in the vehicle is 500 lbs. Current tongue weight of the camper is 460. The hitch I bought to add the bikes weighs 20 lbs, and the two bikes together are 50 lbs.
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Old 06-03-2016, 09:36 PM   #10
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This is what I did to strengthen the rear bumper and put a 2" receiver on it so I can put my bike rack on the rear hitch.Click image for larger version

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ID:	110089As you can see the bumper is now made of 4" tubing and the hitch extends to the next crossmember.We took 2 bikes last year and I feel it works grate Doug
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