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Old 05-11-2016, 08:34 PM   #1
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Bumper Support

Has anyone used this product to help support your bumper? I know all about warranty issues and am not asking about that. I'm interested in beefing up the capacity of my bumper.

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Old 05-11-2016, 09:48 PM   #2
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Heard good things, I've emailed them with questions and they got right back to me. Been thinking about them for me as well. You can find them on amazon and see some of the reviews.

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Old 05-12-2016, 09:35 AM   #3
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Looks like it couldn't hurt. Still don't think I would put much weight on the bumper though.

On our Roo 19 the bumper is inset into the frame so it is better supported, but still paper thin. I don't know why they inset it into the bottom of the frame instead of the top, so that it could have been sitting on a bit of vertical support.
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Be sure to consider the entire system when making decisions as to beefing up one part. Remember the old "weak link theory". Many TTs and 5ers are ultra light. This not only means they weight a little less, but also means their construction is not as beefy. In an effort to keep the prices as low as possible, they are designed very close to limits. Beefing up supports for a bumper only improves one link in the chain. Other links, frame, axles etc are not improved.
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^ ^ what Flybob said ^ ^
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Be sure to consider the entire system when making decisions as to beefing up one part. Remember the old "weak link theory". Many TTs and 5ers are ultra light. This not only means they weight a little less, but also means their construction is not as beefy. In an effort to keep the prices as low as possible, they are designed very close to limits. Beefing up supports for a bumper only improves one link in the chain. Other links, frame, axles etc are not improved.
Flybob, Good point. I surely wouldn't want to do this to throw a big generator or something back there but maybe a bike rack. I've seen the photos of the weld breaks due to bouncing bike racks on a bumper and I've seen the posts of the members who have beefed up the welds or added their own support. This product looks like a good candidate to replace the weld method.

I currently have an OEM installed bike receiver on the back of mine but it bounces like the dickens. I was thinking of installing these brackets and then bracing my bike rack extension to the bumper. My bumper should be strong enough and the brackets should add strength...
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