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Old 09-06-2012, 04:05 PM   #1
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Can I mount a cargo tray on TT bumper?

I know that the TT bumper on my Surveyor SVT-264 is not really a bumper in the sense that I shouldn't tow something else with it but would I be able to mount a cargo tray on there? They are metal trays about 4" high and about 5 or 6' wide that I could use to put waterproof stuff (like dump hoses, etc.) on to give me more storage capacity? What say you?
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Old 09-06-2012, 04:10 PM   #2
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Not if you want it there when you arrive at your destination. Those rhings are designed for one thing only. Carrying a sewer hose. And they do that badly.
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Old 09-06-2012, 04:14 PM   #3
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It's your TT, you can do whatever you want.

BUT from reading the sticker on my bumper (Attaching anything to this bumper not installed by the factory will void your warranty) and reading this forum, the bumpers on these campers seem to be maxed out with just the spare tire on them. Sorry...
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Old 09-06-2012, 08:28 PM   #4
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While at the FROG rally in Goshen last month I had an opportunity to speak to factory engineers. I wanted to relocate my spare tire to the rear bumper. They told me the hollow bumpers are rated from the factory to carry 70 lbs. Normally that equates to a spare tire or a bike rack/bikes. Most of the racks you speak of are generally rated to hold 500 lbs. The rack itself weighs about 20-30 lbs. IMHO not recommended for more reasons than I feel like spelling right now.
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Old 09-06-2012, 08:46 PM   #5
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Lots of people do it without issue. You really have to look at the thickness of the bumper, how it is attached to frame, and the quality of the welds. My Surveyor has a fairly thick bumper, looks solidly welded to the frame and is also tucked in close to the frame rails. I'm OK putting on a platform and putting a 100-150 lbs on it. NOT 500# of firewood!

You can get a 2" receiver type bolt-on that will allow you to add a platform, cargo carrier or bike rack. Just use some common sense and keep an eye on it.
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:55 PM   #6
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You can have the dealer reinforce the receiver like they done to my bumper


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Omg, I don't know how to delete the repeat pictures from my iPhone.
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every manufacturer of ultra-lite trailer frames, that i know of, will void the frame's warranty if such a mod is done.

you could see if a dealer will do it for you and when it fails, they'll have to cover it, if you can get them to.

if your frame's warranty has expired, then go for it. have a receiver welded and braced to the bumper AND the frame.

just remember, Travel Trailers don't have shocks, like motorhomes do.
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Be carefull

I would not put any amount of weight on those bumpers to go bouncing down the road. Remember sitting in the back of the school bus to get the best bounce, we’re talking about the same place on the TT. Not to mention have people ever looked at the welds under your trailer, some of them scare me.
I have added a receiver on the back of my T26BHXL(see pics). I added the small angle(red line),after 3000ml, because of the bounce from the length of receiver frame, stiffened it right up. Should have used different martial in the build to keep it stiffer. I should also mention, I did an axle flip and raised our TT 5 ¼ inches. Our trailer drug ass and TV-hitch on many driveways and did not want to finesse driveways the rest of our TT life . The further back you mount something the higher it needs to be or it will drag.
I would not recommend loading up the back of your trailer, learned by experience. On my first trailer I thought I had to have a generator and was tired of carrying firewood inside. So I went to welding and bolted on a 3 1/2ftx7ft really nice, lights and all, cargo carrier . Come to find out this was a really big counter leaver that took way to much weight off the tongue and made for a dangerous short tow. Found that the generator, bikes and chairs was fine, just couldn’t go crazy.
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