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Old 09-10-2015, 04:48 PM   #1
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Should we take this off our bumper?

When we bought our camper in January, it was the first one we ever owned. We were so glad to see that it had a bike rack on the bumper and we were told the previous owners would go on mountain biking trips with their bikes. Well, from what we have read on the forum about not using bike racks on the bumper, we decided it's not worth the chance of the bikes or bumper falling off so we are not going to use it. Is it a good idea to take it off because of the weight of it or to just leave it on?Click image for larger version

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Old 09-10-2015, 04:56 PM   #2
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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.......
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Old 09-10-2015, 04:59 PM   #3
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I would either sell or discard it so that down the road you are not tempted to use it.
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Old 09-10-2015, 05:01 PM   #4
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When we bought our camper in January, it was the first one we ever owned. We were so glad to see that it had a bike rack on the bumper and we were told the previous owners would go on mountain biking trips with their bikes. Well, from what we have read on the forum about not using bike racks on the bumper, we decided it's not worth the chance of the bikes or bumper falling off so we are not going to use it. Is it a good idea to take it off because of the weight of it or to just leave it on?Attachment 88298Attachment 88299
As long as the bikes do not weight more then the spare tire it will be find as long as you can tie them down enough to stop any bounce....
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Old 09-11-2015, 12:44 PM   #5
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When we bought our camper in January, it was the first one we ever owned. We were so glad to see that it had a bike rack on the bumper and we were told the previous owners would go on mountain biking trips with their bikes. Well, from what we have read on the forum about not using bike racks on the bumper, we decided it's not worth the chance of the bikes or bumper falling off so we are not going to use it. Is it a good idea to take it off because of the weight of it or to just leave it on?Attachment 88298Attachment 88299
I put one on my 2005 Starcraft Antiqua, on the way home from a trip with 2 bikes on it and when I pulled in the drive way the whole bumper was 1/2 torn away from the chassis of the camper. The weight of the bikes hanging off the back bouncing almost lost the bumper and the bikes not to mention might of killed someone driving behind. After that I reinforced the bumper with extra steel and welded it all back, also used ratchet straps to try to keep the bikes from bouncing to much.
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Old 09-11-2015, 12:59 PM   #6
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As long as you are not going to use then leave it. Not bothering anything and like said maybe make a removable towel rack. Later RJD
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When we bought our camper in January, it was the first one we ever owned. We were so glad to see that it had a bike rack on the bumper and we were told the previous owners would go on mountain biking trips with their bikes. Well, from what we have read on the forum about not using bike racks on the bumper, we decided it's not worth the chance of the bikes or bumper falling off so we are not going to use it. Is it a good idea to take it off because of the weight of it or to just leave it on?Attachment 88298Attachment 88299
If you don't plan on adding bike racks or anything, you can take it off. But it won't hurt to leave it on.

I am assuming the previous owner kept the bike rack and left the hitch on?

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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I took my spare tire and rack off and added a platform I can set my generator on. FR told me they don't recommend it because of vibration. My platform is welded solid and will not move. the tire carrier bounced all over, yet they put it on the bumper that way! Hows that make sense?


As long as you can fasten it solis so it doesn't bounce around I think you should be fine.


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I took my spare tire and rack off and added a platform I can set my generator on. FR told me they don't recommend it because of vibration. My platform is welded solid and will not move. the tire carrier bounced all over, yet they put it on the bumper that way! Hows that make sense?


As long as you can fasten it solis so it doesn't bounce around I think you should be fine.


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As I stated before Gey from Canada has a bike rake in stalled already for 4 years, I think he even has the same trailer that you do. He showed me how it was done and has not had a problem yet and he has full size bikes. If he can do it I don't know why others can't. I just took my spear off to cover my bumper with chrome. Put that all back on and it weights alot more then a bike. I didn't see any spear on his, so I would leave it. I agree with you....
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Old 09-12-2015, 03:32 PM   #10
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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...
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