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Old 09-12-2015, 03:36 PM   #11
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It seems like it harmless to me so I would leave it.

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Old 09-12-2015, 04:04 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by CWSWine View Post
I pulled off the grill plus bracket and the spare tire plus bracket that weight 133 lbs and the grill bounce twice as much as bike rack and installed a 76 lbs bike rack and that including bikes. I purchased mine from Camping World and it has 59 reviews and rated 5 star rating Just the spare tire and not including the bracket weight 68lbs. The grill and spare tire come installed from Forest River...
your Crusader is NOT a trailer with an ultralight frame, the OP's is.
big difference.

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Old 09-12-2015, 05:20 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by Night Stone View Post

But for me, I usually put my wdh on there when not in use while at campground or storing, rather than on the truck, to save my shins and knees... (or the wraith of DW when she hits her on it)
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Old 09-12-2015, 06:24 PM   #14
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I have the exact same hitch coupler on my tt rear bumper.
I removed the spare tire and installed a 4 ft carrier basket from Harbor Freight.
For the last 4 years it's carried my waste water tank (Empty of course)-and a medium sized cooler (only 1/2 full of beer).
Never a problem.
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On a post from mtcyclist titled:Not happy with Micro Lite. A dealer installed a bike rack on his Micro Lite 23FB and he has problems with the frame/welds. Quit a few people blasted him... Now most are saying it's OK on this 2011 MicroLite 23LB... What am I missing here? actually it doesn't matter, because nothing will ever get put on my rear bumper, but I am curious??? curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought him back.
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Old 09-12-2015, 07:27 PM   #16
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Do you know a welder. Beef up the welds and (imo) it should be fine.
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Old 09-12-2015, 07:30 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by Brother Les View Post
Do you know a welder. Beef up the welds and (imo) it should be fine.
You can only put so much weld on 'tin foil'.
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Old 09-12-2015, 08:34 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by MMattox View Post
That little bit of weight will not affect anything, I would just leave it, maybe you can make a towel drying rack with it. If you dont like the looks of it then take it off. Or you could reinforce your bumper and use it for your bikes. You will get alot of opinions here about bikes on a bumper.......
Friends lost the bumper and bikes on their Sunnybrook and had to have the bumper re-welded. I would remove it.
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Old 09-13-2015, 09:44 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by CWSWine View Post
Just the spare tire and not including the bracket weight 68lbs. The grill and spare tire come installed from Forest River...
I know it is. When I was talking to the technician he said that forest River was worried about vibration on the bumper causing damage to the frame. I told him nothing bounces around more than that spare tire carrier does. It's only held in place by a couple of bolts and it is impossible to tighten them up enough to keep it from bouncing.

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Old 09-13-2015, 09:52 AM   #20
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I would not remove it because I am guessing it may have damaged the finish under the hitch or at least put some rust stains on it and would bug me. With that said, I would not use it. I did lie the idea of using it for storing the WD hitch once at the CG or the home base.


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