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Old 05-29-2016, 03:12 PM   #11
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Bike Rack

We had a piece of angle iron welded across the top and back of bumper and attached at the I beam frame. I swear I can towacarwith this addition.also we carry two electric bikes that weigh a total 165 lbs on a cargo carrier. No problems have hauled all over the country.

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Old 05-29-2016, 04:07 PM   #12
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Wow! You have an aluminum bumper and you are attaching a steel/aluminum bike rack to. Many posts on this. It is unsafe. Insurance companies won't cover this. Attorney's will love ya and the person who hits your falling bikes will hate ya. Aluminum bumpers are even unsafe for the spare tire they get mounted to except near the end where they are mounted close to the frame. There is too much flex and not enough strength to this type of bumper. Think about a frame mounted hitch and bike rack.
You are wrong.
None of FR trailers have aluminum bumpers.
I don't know of any TT that does.

The problem is the weak welds of the bumper and the bouncing and flexing of the bikes/rack.
They pull down and back on the bumper, over and over.

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Old 05-29-2016, 04:55 PM   #13
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I have installed a set of "safety struts" on the rear of my 8289WS. Worked well so far.
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Old 05-29-2016, 10:31 PM   #14
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The biggest problem I see is the distance from the trailer axels to the bumper. This is a lot further than on a truck. This is where the bounce comes in to play. This puts a lot of pressure on the rack and the bumper.
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Old 05-31-2016, 07:57 AM   #15
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I bought two folding bikes and we store them inside the camper. Problem solved, and no damage to the bumper. My bumper has a sticker that says nothing can be mounted to it.
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Old 05-31-2016, 08:31 AM   #16
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That is what we also do, store our two bikes inside our trailer. We cable lock them to the the bumper when not using at our campsite.
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Old 06-01-2016, 05:59 PM   #17
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I added a bike rake to our 4" bumper but did the following to ensure there was no weight issue or boucing issue:

1) Used the Safety Struts as mentioned in this thread
2) Moved my spare underneath the trailer with the BAL Hide-a-spare
3) Added two eye bolts, one on each side of the bumper where the Safety Struts are mounted so I could use straps to keep the bike rake from bouncing.

Towed several thousand miles so far with 4 bikes, no cracking at the welds yet.
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Old 06-01-2016, 06:38 PM   #18
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You can use the bumper to mount it IF you want to create a major hazard with the bumper, rack and bikes being dropped on the highway for someone to hopefully dodge.

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