Originally Posted by Toddupton
This has been discussed for years! Not only will it void the warranty but more likely something will break off and kill someone.
not void the warranty. It can
void the warranty. Look at the reps response. That was a canned response from the FR legal department. He used the word can because of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. They probably get asked this once a day. A manufacturer can not just arbitrarily void a warranty because you added something such as a bracket or aftermarket part. In order to void the warranty, its on the manufacturer to prove your action, or added part, caused the issue. Sure they're not going too tell you that you can add something to the bumper. Why would they? When some doomoss is told they can and hauls an engine block on it and the thing falls off, they're going to drag F.R. into the lawsuits.
If your bumper falls off because you put a receiver bracket on it and a cargo platform, along with 2 Igloos full of beer and ice, yes you probably voided the warranty if you attempt to have the bumper reattached under warranty. If you put it on there and the spring shackle weld breaks up ahead of the front axle, the manufacturer is going to have a tough time saying your warranty is void because you put a receiver bracket on the rear bumper.
I have had a bracket with platform on 2 lightweight Hybrids. The first, an Aerolite 185, I welded a few extra gussets to the bumper attachment because I did not have much faith in the attachments. No problems whatsoever, no warranty voided, no bumper broken off, no one killed. I had a structural engineer I know take a look at it and run the calcs based on the fabricated frame members sizes and thickness. Even with the 14 gauge bumper tube he came up with I could haul about 900 lbs on that platform. All I want it for is the tote tank and my stepladder
. The second was a 2013 Keystone Passport. It didn't even have a bumper from the factory. I made my own with a bolted connection to the frame. Used the same bracket and platform. No problems whatsoever, no warranty voided, no bumper broken off, no one killed. As soon as I take possession of the 2016 Roo thats the first mod I am making. I already looked at the bumper and attachment, have already fabricated up some additional reinforcement to weld on it, and I'm not worried at all about it.
A lot of it is common sense along with knowing a little about steel, welding, and what it is and isn't capable of.
FYI......Forest River does not warrant the frame on a Rockwood regardless. LCI does.
Now the bumper police can have at it.