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Old 03-12-2011, 11:26 PM   #1
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How to put on bumper end caps

Heres a question for you new Roo owners. We have 2 bumper end caps that came with the trailer. They are heavy rubber & I have tried to put them into the ends of the bumper with NO success. How do these things fit or do they?
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Old 03-13-2011, 01:05 AM   #2
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i threw mine away since they end up falling out. got some hatch covers that fit in the ends, from CW.
work like little doors that latch closed.
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Old 03-13-2011, 08:41 AM   #3
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The plasticized rubber ends start out life a little too big for the bumper tube, but will shrink over time to the point they will fall out. For now (when they're new), you can spray some silicone spray lube on the part that goes in the tube, and tap it into place with a hammer and block of wood.
Eventually, they'll get so loose all the duct tape in the world won't keep them in. At that point, you will have the choice of either buying replacements or getting the caps as described above.
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Try to warm them a bit before installation in hot water. Push them quickly with a rubber mallet. It should work. Push one corner at a time with the mallet.
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Old 03-14-2011, 08:39 AM   #5
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My bumper had a big burr on the inside edges where it
had been cut from longer stock at the factory.
It would shave rubber off the end cap every time
I inserted them.

I took a big ole file and de-burred both ends then
sprayed a bit of black paint on the raw edges.

I wound up drilling a small hole thru the bumper and
placing a "safety pin" in both sides so they cannot
fall out and loose my sewer hoses on the road.
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i threw mine away since they end up falling out. got some hatch covers that fit in the ends, from CW.
work like little doors that latch closed.
I think this is what he's talking about...I also got these from Camping World. Also keeps the bugs out...hornets and wasps love to build nests in the bumper!
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YEP! that's what i have and they work great.
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Old 03-26-2011, 10:22 PM   #8
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We went to Camping World today & picked up the Bumper Hatches. Came home & tried to use the screws that came with them. All they would do is make a divot in the bumper. I grabbed some metal self tappers that I had in the house & they went through like hot butter. I was starting to think that I had a bumper that was drill proof, but just had to get the right kind of screws. They look good & now the slinky is where it belongs.
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We went to Camping World today & picked up the Bumper Hatches. Came home & tried to use the screws that came with them. All they would do is make a divot in the bumper. I grabbed some metal self tappers that I had in the house & they went through like hot butter. I was starting to think that I had a bumper that was drill proof, but just had to get the right kind of screws. They look good & now the slinky is where it belongs.
Yep...I had to drill some starter holes first too...wasn't easy!
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yea, the supplied screws are useless!
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