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Old 01-24-2016, 08:05 AM   #1
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Adding a Hitch to Frame

In anyone's humble opinion, is it ok to attach a hitch to the under frame of a bumperless trailer, or is that a possible warranty issue. Being that the manufacturer did not install one.
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Possible warranty issue?

No, it IS a warranty issue!

If I may ask what are you wanting to do?

What unit do you have?
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We just purchased the champagne edition 38el. Storing bikes, ladder and chairs and any other bulky items. Just looking for ideas.
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Old 01-24-2016, 08:31 AM   #4
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In anyone's humble opinion, is it ok to attach a hitch to the under frame of a bumperless trailer, or is that a possible warranty issue. Being that the manufacturer did not install one.
Not very much Info to go on but just a WAG you have a CC 5th? You will find more GOOD? Info in the CC section,since a CC has a more HD Frame than Most units! Yes it can be Done but since you have (225 Posts) you know there are Lots of Discussion on Rear Hitches! Youroo!! These are Not CC but they are 5W one is Factory!
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Old 01-24-2016, 08:39 AM   #6
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Possible warranty issue?

No, it IS a warranty issue!

Not accurate....its "potentially" a warranty issue. If you mount something and you have a frame issue on the other end of the trailer, the frame manufacturer who is probably LCI (Lippert), could try and pull that warranty voiding BS but you have the Magnuson Moss warranty act to fall back on. They need to prove what you did caused the failure to void a warranty, at least in the US.

That, and the fact that there are a few, very few other frame manufacturers, makes this a question that can not be answered from the warranty standpoint with a definite yes or no. Forest River or the individual brand is going to tell you no, you can't, you'll void the frame warranty even though they are typically not the ones providing the frame warranty on a travel trailer or 5er. They have to tell you that. It comes from the legal department.

Now get ready for the fear mongering, frame twisting, no you can't at all landslide which is coming.

But you can. Now that you posted your model I am fairly certain its an LCI frame just buy their stuff. They have 3 pages of hitches and cargo platorms/bike racks you can buy as parts. If you use their stuff its going to be hard for them to give you any crap shoulkd a warranty issue come into play.
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No idea what you have for a ladder but this one might be an alternative.

Folding Ladders & Step Ladders, Best Folding Ladder | Folding Ladder System | ladder-guy.com

I carry two gravity recliners and two folding camp chairs.

Table first upside down, the two folders on that with the gravity's over them.

Fits tight and moves very little.

For the bikes a front bumper mount might work well or stow them on the bed on a moving blanket for protection.
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Not accurate....its "potentially" a warranty issue. If you mount something and you have a frame issue on the other end of the trailer, the frame manufacturer who is probably LCI (Lippert), could try and pull that warranty voiding BS but you have the Magnuson Moss warranty act to fall back on. They need to prove what you did caused the failure to void a warranty, at least in the US.

That, and the fact that there are a few, very few other frame manufacturers, makes this a question that can not be answered from the warranty standpoint with a definite yes or no. Forest River or the individual brand is going to tell you no, you can't, you'll void the frame warranty even though they are typically not the ones providing the frame warranty on a travel trailer or 5er. They have to tell you that. It comes from the legal department.

Now get ready for the fear mongering, frame twisting, no you can't at all landslide which is coming.

But you can. Now that you posted your model I am fairly certain its an LCI frame just buy their stuff. They have 3 pages of hitches and cargo platorms/bike racks you can buy as parts. If you use their stuff its going to be hard for them to give you any crap shoulkd a warranty issue come into play.
THAT is a good answer. Thank you Mr Havercamp.
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I had one installed on my Aframe, put a Honda 3000 generator on it & drove 1400 miles to key west over a lot of bumpy roads. I am 2nd owner so have no warranty. Get a welder that knows what he is doing. Haven't had any problem so far
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It's your camper

It's yours be smart, you can do anything to your camper within reason, the warranty is all about them - the camper is for you. Make it yours, make it meet your needs, I would not own anything that I could not modify for my needs
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