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Old 03-26-2012, 11:37 AM   #11
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Thanks for clarifying Terry. The photos make an excellent exclamation point to the fragility of Ultra-Lite construction. I most likely filed all the bumper horror stories, here and on other forums, in one mental bin; and there are many. The photos you submitted are stored on my camper's (and home) computer's hard drive and have used them for show and tell at many camp fire discussions on bumper mount storage options.
My last camper had a curt frame mounted hitch on it, as I also pulled a small boat in tandem, I was wanting to put that hitch on my sandpiper, but was told that I could not by the dealer. I thought that would be the best until they said it would void the warranty. That is when I asked them to tell me what my option was that wouldn't void my warranty, that's when they said a bumper mount, or a ladder mount but need storage for 3-4 bikes, I disagreed with him as I have seen bumpers with those kinds of hitches, and have heard about gel coats cracking with ladder mounts.
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Old 03-26-2012, 11:59 AM   #12
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My last camper had a curt frame mounted hitch on it, as I also pulled a small boat in tandem, I was wanting to put that hitch on my sandpiper, but was told that I could not by the dealer. I thought that would be the best until they said it would void the warranty. That is when I asked them to tell me what my option was that wouldn't void my warranty, that's when they said a bumper mount, or a ladder mount but need storage for 3-4 bikes, I disagreed with him as I have seen bumpers with those kinds of hitches, and have heard about gel coats cracking with ladder mounts.
I have also heard of bikes causing damage to the ladder mounts and gel coat siding as well. Feel free to disagree. Also feel free to pony up cash for any damage caused to the camper or bikes lost to the freeway gods.

Big world out there with lots of opinions. I won't follow a camper with bikes on the bumper though...

Oh, one more thing. I still have my curt bumper mount receiver on the camper's bumper. I used it for storing the bikes when in camp after hauling them there on the front of the truck. I have also used it as a flag pole mount. No bikes live there any more.
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Old 03-26-2012, 12:27 PM   #13
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I got extremely lucky and got a used 3 bike DFX Arvika/Top Pop Rails setup with the auto receiver bracket for $350 on Craigslist. This is the only company I'm aware of with a rack that will mount to the front of your trailer above the propane tanks. This would have cost ~$1,200 new. I haven't put it on yet, but am impressed with it so far.

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I got extremely lucky and got a used 3 bike DFX Arvika/Top Pop Rails setup with the auto receiver bracket for $350 on Craigslist. This is the only company I'm aware of with a rack that will mount to the front of your trailer above the propane tanks. This would have cost ~$1,200 new. I haven't put it on yet, but am impressed with it so far.

Arvika

A definate solution for the fifth wheel as well. It being a Canadian product, sounds like a trip to the US to get it cheaper (tongue firmly implanted in cheek)
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