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Old 03-17-2014, 02:05 PM   #11
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So then a bike rake on the bumper is not a good idea? dw2b wants us to take the bikes. (2 of them) Already have a tire and grill mount on the rear stock from mfg..
Consult the mfg, but I would refrain from adding anything to the rear bumper that was NOT factory approved. Too many horror stories posted on this forum of the bumper tube tearing off and falling on the highway.
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Old 03-17-2014, 03:54 PM   #12
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So then a bike rake on the bumper is not a good idea? dw2b wants us to take the bikes. (2 of them) Already have a tire and grill mount on the rear stock from mfg..

Not the bumper. As Coot said- many horror stories (happened to a close friend of mine (I know how that sounds )). But, a hitch mounted to the frame with reinforcements made- that seems to be able to be done safely.
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Old 03-17-2014, 06:14 PM   #13
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After reinforcing the legs and replacing the strap braces, I don't worry about bending them.

OC- can you post your handi work? Would like to see what others have done before I go and put some angle iron to it
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Old 03-17-2014, 06:30 PM   #14
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After reinforcing the legs and replacing the strap braces, I don't worry about bending them.

OC- can you post your handi work? Would like to see what others have done before I go and put some angle iron to it
Here is a reinforced leg, I also made 3/4" pipe braces to replace the straps. Split a 26" or 27" pc of 2-1/4" x 0.150 wall square tubing, notched the ends for a taper and welded them to the bottom of the legs.

You could do the same with steel angle to make a "U" shaped channel.
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When we purchased our RV the main channel of the stabilizer was buckled. The person that replaced it said it's not uncommon. The instructions read to only hold the button for two seconds after the pads make contact
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When we purchased our RV the main channel of the stabilizer was buckled. The person that replaced it said it's not uncommon. The instructions read to only hold the button for two seconds after the pads make contact
On my rear one, I welded 2 pcs of 2"x2"x1/8" angle to the top channel and I don't put an excessive amount of pressure on them. I might raise the rear 1/4"-1/2" due to the ends of the channel are very flimsy. The one in front of the axle is tied to the 2"x4" tubing at the ends and can't bend, which allows me to just about lift the tires off the ground before it trips the 20A auto reset breaker.
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Hey Coot, those look nice and stout now. It's hard to believe the cheap crap the factory or Lippert will use just to cut costs. I've seen stronger u-channel on garden carts. Great pics btw, thanks for sharing.
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