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Old 11-05-2013, 01:29 PM   #21
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You may be right but my spare tire was mounted there and I am sure it weighs as much as two bikes. I will double check with the dealer to be safe.
Here's what happens when you install a bike rack on a lightweight tt bumper.

I know first hand so believe me when I tell you to look into different options.



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Old 11-05-2013, 01:31 PM   #22
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you might want to check with FR. you have an ultra-light trailer and putting a bumper-mounted bike rack is against their recommendations.
i think the current ones in your brand, have a warning sticker.
all your bumper has is two cheap/light welds and that bouncing/flexing bike rack will soon rip those welds apart.
remember, your trailer doesn't have shocks, so there'll be lots of bouncing in the rear of the trailer.
I'm not sure what the difference is but my trailer is listed as a super lite and it has torflex suspension which is supposed to give it a better ride.
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Old 11-05-2013, 01:40 PM   #23
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I'm not sure what the difference is but my trailer is listed as a super lite and it has torflex suspension which is supposed to give it a better ride.
Makes no difference, you are going to either loose the bikes and/or the bumper. Too many have tried it and failed. Also, if the bikes and/or the bumper fall off and cause someone to have an accident, guess who they are going to go after?
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Old 11-05-2013, 01:48 PM   #24
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You may be right but my spare tire was mounted there and I am sure it weighs as much as two bikes. I will double check with the dealer to be safe.
too many people use the spare tire as an example.
problem is that the physics are way different between the spare tire mount vs. the bike rack mount.
the spare tire's weight is right up against the back of the trailer, where as the bikes are held out and away from the trailer.
the bouncing causes the the bikes' weight to pull back and down on the bumper.
think of it like bouncing on the end of a diving board.
eventually the physics will cause the bumper to flex and weaken the welds.
that's why so many have a receiver welded AND braced to the frame.
of course, this will void the ultra-light frame's warranty. but it's the only safe way of carrying bikes on the back of a ultra-light trailer.
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