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Old 04-13-2016, 02:39 PM   #1
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Receiver hitch for the back of my camper

This summer I am wanting to add a receiver hitch to the back of my camper so I can install a cargo rack for my cooler and firewood. I have a 2016 BD and I already use my front rack for other items. Has anyone done this or have a recommendation for a brand or type of hitch that will work with my camper.
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Old 04-13-2016, 03:02 PM   #2
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You will get lots of responses on this both for and against. The back Bumper(?) is not designed to carry much weight. It is not just the bumper, but the entire frame that is effected. Also check the firewood restrictions where you plan to camp. Because of emerald ash borer concerns, many states prohibit the transportation of firewood. Hanging off the back bumper, it will be pretty obvious.
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You will get lots of responses on this both for and against. The back Bumper(?) is not designed to carry much weight. It is not just the bumper, but the entire frame that is effected. Also check the firewood restrictions where you plan to camp. Because of emerald ash borer concerns, many states prohibit the transportation of firewood. Hanging off the back bumper, it will be pretty obvious.
I took it that he is looking for a hitch to attach to the frame, not hang off the bumper.
If so, here is an adjustable hitch:
https://www.etrailer.com/dept-pg-RV_...ame_Mount.aspx
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Old 04-13-2016, 03:50 PM   #4
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Just realize that you run the risk of voiding the chassis warranty, doing this type of mod.
Most newer Roos/Shamrocks have a warning sticker on the bumper.

If you don't care, then have a receiver welded and braced to the frame and bumper.
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I took it that he is looking for a hitch to attach to the frame, not hang off the bumper.
If so, here is an adjustable hitch:
https://www.etrailer.com/dept-pg-RV_...ame_Mount.aspx
I purchased the adjustable CURT for the back of my PT/C. I understand it is not the unit in question. The hitch is much bigger than it looks and it actually hangs fairly low down from my frame when I mocked it up before installing. So low that I could see it hit/drag when entering/exiting gas stations or what not. Needless to say I am having my buddy weld it on with different brackets. Even then not sure I would put FW on it. Each their own, good luck!
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I am looking for one that mounts to the frame of the camper. Justice12t, I looked at the Curt adjustable hitch on Amazon. It looks like it should hang right below the existing bumper, how much lower did it hang on your camper?
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Another word of warning.......years ago, I had a bike rack welded to the frame and bumper of a pop up. The weight of the rack and 3 bikes totally unbalanced the load and made it undriveable. It swayed nearly out of control. Granted, I didn't have an anti sway hitch, and the weight added to the rear percentage wise was greater than it would be with you. However, I will never again add any weight to the back of a camper.
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Old 04-13-2016, 06:06 PM   #8
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These are not the best but I just ran out and took them. I clamped the bracket onto the side of the frame. The hitch itself sits fine, it is the brackets that get me concerned. They hang just about 8ish inches from the ground when on level ground. Seeing that they are all the way at the back of the camper I could see them dragging when leaving a gas station of something...just concerns me...
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Old 04-13-2016, 07:01 PM   #9
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Here's what my dealer did on my Roo 19. Did something similar on my Mini Lite, but don't have pics.
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That is about what my buddy is going to do for me. It looks much better IMO. In our case we will only be carrying a couple bikes.
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