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Old 06-29-2014, 03:01 PM   #1
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Bike rack mod to rear of my A122

Here are a couple of pics to show my custom bike rack mod, although the bike rack is a Voyager rack made to be bolted(7/8" bolt) to a receiver hitch.

I do not wish to incite a debate about whether this should be done or not, and wish to state that this works, and that I can bounce on the arms of the bike rack with no problem. The Voyager rack is bolted(with a 7/8" bolt) to a 3/8" thick aluminum plate that is bolted to 2 pieces of 2" x 2" x 3/16" steel angle iron. The angle irons are bolted to both the c channel rear bumper and the forward c channel member ahead of it.

Rear view showing the rack, its aluminum plate mount, and the pieces of steel angle iron:



Ground view showing how the steel angle iron pieces are bolted:



The rear bumper alone is not strong enough to support much, but when additional support is added, like the angle irons, that attach to it and the forward c channel ahead of it, then the structure is strengthened overall.

The tool boxes are attached to both the rear bumper and the side members, and the safety straps are for additional safety.

Tongue weight is still quite substantial.

Good luck, and happy camping.
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Old 06-29-2014, 03:24 PM   #2
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Mice mod mick. That looks like it won't be going anywhere.
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Old 06-29-2014, 06:45 PM   #3
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One of the things that supports this type of mod on our FR A Frames is the heavy tongue weight. Looks good.
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Old 07-03-2014, 07:21 PM   #4
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one of my main concerns would be the two batteries on the back on the trailer ...
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Nice mod, but I would be very worried about loosing the entire rear bumper, batteries, etc. Only time will tell.
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Are those battery boxes? THAT's what I'm interested in. Where would I find those for purchase?
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He said they are tool boxes. I didn't see any mention of batteries back there.
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Nice mod, but I would be very worried about loosing the entire rear bumper, batteries, etc. Only time will tell.
My mistake in calling the toolboxes battery boxes.(head hanging in shame)
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Old 07-06-2014, 08:23 PM   #9
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The boxes are

toolboxes, and yes, they are from Harbor Freight.
On sale, they were $18.99, and are stainless steel and plastic composite.

I carry a cordless drill for the stabilizer jacks(wow is that fast) and some utility stuff in them. They make for fast access storage.
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Do the toolboxes leak? So many of the all-plastic ones do, and carrying them around in my truck when it rains is a recipe for a box full of water. If these don't leak, Harbor Freight here I come!


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