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Old 05-18-2015, 05:59 PM   #1
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Bumper mount bike rack?

Has anyone mounted a bike rack to their Roo bumper rail? Does anyone know the weight carrying capacity of the Roo bumper?

I know various vendors sell bike racks and/or adapters designed to fasten to a standard 4" RV bumper. But, I've read several reviews saying that the bumper weld points are not strong enough to safely carry bikes in that fashion. I'm also worried about having the bikes on the back of the trailer where I can't easily see them.

Anyway, just wondering if anyone can tell me that it isn't an issue (strength of bumper).

I have a 2016 Roo 183 and my tow vehicle is a 2014 Explorer. Right now, I'm leaning towards a roof mounted rack for safety reasons, but I'd rather just get a bumper adapter for my existing 4-bike hitch mount if it works (don't want to buy another rack). It's mostly for 2 kids' bikes, but I'd also occasionally like to bring two adult bikes as well.
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Old 05-18-2015, 06:11 PM   #2
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To the bumper, oh he-double-hockey-sticks (aka "heck") no. The bumpers themselves are flimsy crap.

Some are building hitches to the frame with good success. Some are still having issues with that.

For bikes, inside the camper, on the tow vehicle, or over the A-frame of the tongue are your main options.
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Old 05-18-2015, 06:15 PM   #3
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To the bumper, oh he-double-hockey-sticks (aka "heck") no. The bumpers themselves are flimsy crap.

Some are building hitches to the frame with good success. Some are still having issues with that.

For bikes, inside the camper, on the tow vehicle, or over the A-frame of the tongue are your main options.
Yeah, that's my initial thought as well. I would need some convincing evidence that says otherwise I think.

Although, I have two friends that say they've been doing the bumper mount for years with no issues. I'm hearing too many horror stories though...

Do you have any info on the A frame mounts? I'll have to research that one.
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I've never used any, but I found a few with a quick Google search.

The big problem there - they'll make your tongue weight climb quickly. Is your receiver on the Explorer capable for it?
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Old 05-18-2015, 06:40 PM   #5
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Found this... A-Frame Trailer Tongue Hitch for Bike Rack

Looks promising. More than I'd like to spend though...
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Tongue weight would be close. I have 140 pounds to spare (dry) on tongue weight. We're loading the trailer up this weekend (first real outing) and I'm going to get it all weighed.
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Found this... A-Frame Trailer Tongue Hitch for Bike Rack

Looks promising. More than I'd like to spend though...
Yep, for something so simple - they're hella spendy.
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Tongue weight would be close. I have 140 pounds to spare (dry) on tongue weight. We're loading the trailer up this weekend (first real outing) and I'm going to get it all weighed.
Make sure you do all 3 weights (truck + trailer w/ WDH; truck + trailer w/o WDH; truck-only).

The rack looks to be 35 pounds. The bike rack is going to be 20-30 (guessing?). And then each bike. I think you'll eat into that 140 pretty quick with 2 or 3 bikes.

Cheers, mate.
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Plus full propane...

My existing rack is the swing away style, so it's probably pushing 50 lbs on its own. I'm on travel for work right now, so I can't actually weigh it.

Yeah, I'd say I'm at tongue weight limit fully loaded.
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Since your trailer is new, doesn't it have the sticker on the bumper stating that any mods to the bumper, will void the frame's warranty?
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