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Old 02-27-2016, 03:36 PM   #1
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195BH Cruise lite bumper and bike hitch

I want to install a hitch receiver like the following from Amazon,
and then be able to carry bike carrier.
I've read about horror stories that the bumper will buckle and bikes will be dragged on the highway.
but, really ? I look at the bumper of my cruise lite 195 BH, it looks sturdy enough.
After all at the most I will carry only 100 pounds, bike carrier + bike itself
Bikes are light these days.
is is possible that the ones that have problems just do not have steel bumper, just aluminium maybe ?

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What is the official forest river from statement regarding the max bumper hitch carry weight rating ?
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Old 02-28-2016, 12:43 AM   #2
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You are correct about there being some horror stories regarding bumpers and bike racks. I would suggest contacting FR directly to get answers to your questions regarding your particular Cruise Lite unit. Some bumpers are made better than others.
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Old 02-28-2016, 01:14 AM   #3
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Since your trailer has "lite" in its name, it probably has an ultralight chassis.
And it's the cheap and thin bumper welds that are the biggest issue.

Then there's possibly voiding the chassis warranty, doing any such mod.

So, you can do this by having a receiver welded and braced to the frame AND bumper.
But this probably puts the chassis warranty in jeopardy, if you have any future problems with the frame.

Unless the warranty has expired.
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Point: Our 195BH bumper has the FR 15 inch spare tire and mounting bracket attached by a U clamp to the bumper. There is probably 60-70 lbs. of weight with the spare tire & bracket. FR has already determined the bumper can support their spare tire & bracket weight. No warranty issue.

Counterpoint: Our 2014 FR Travel Trailer Owners Manual, page 18, says "NOTE: Do not attach any type of rack or frame to any recreational vehicle frame, bumper, or chassis part. The alteration to length and/or weight distribution may result in unstable handling, be a safety hazard, or could damage the RV components. Alterations of the sort, without the RV manufacturer's express written consent, may affect the RV warranty. " A potential warranty issue.

FR should know the maximum weight the bumper/frame can support beyond the weight of of a 15 inch spare tire & mount. If you're trailer is under warranty, I suggest you get FR's written consent to install your bike rack.

Good luck. Let us know what you did. We may want to add a bike rack as well.

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We have a sticker on our 195bh that states mounting anything to the bumper voids the warranty. I wouldn't risk it.
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I'm curious Daybreak......... did your 195BH come with a factory spare tire mounted to the bumper?
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No we didn't get a spare tire at all.
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Spare tire is an option on most TTs.
Generally dealers will order their trailers with the optional spare tire.
But some don't.
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Neither I get spare tire with my 195BH
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We got the option spare tire. The sticker Daybreak mentioned must have been for trailers w/o a spare. Maybe FR reinforced their bumpers for the option spare tire.

If the bumper supports our factory 15 inch wheel & mount then it should be able to support a bike rack equal to or less than the weight of the spare tire and mount. How could FR dispute that? Still (per the owners manual) best to get FR written approval to install a bike rack on the rear bumper if the trailer is still under warranty.
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