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Old 03-31-2013, 12:49 AM   #1
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First mods to camper

Before I went to trade my 2001 Dutchmen for my new-to-me Flagstaff I decided to remove a few items. I installed them on my Flagstaff unit the other day. The bumper hitch is made by Buyers and it fits the 4" square bumper on the TT. It's great for the bike carrier or a rear rack. I also swapped over the Barker VIP 3000# tongue jack to the Flagstaff. The only complaint I have is that the Flagstaff has larger hole in the tongue. I used the supplied spacer that came with the jack originally, but it is a little wobbley because of that. Their 3500# model has the larger shaft and would be more stout, but I'll probably stick with what I have until it's shot.


I want to install a battery disconnect and possibly a slide-out awning too in the future. Other than that, she's good to go for hopefully many great seasons ahead.
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Old 03-31-2013, 07:42 PM   #2
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hate to rain on your parade, but it's not advisable to use a bumper mounted bike rack on an RV...wasn't built for the leverage that will be put on it....many a broken weld because of them.
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Old 03-31-2013, 08:07 PM   #3
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I had a bumber mounted bike on my flagstaff and was one of the first mods I regret.
Holes in the back of my camper from the bikes violently banging back and forth caused major damage to the back of my camper.

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Old 03-31-2013, 09:08 PM   #4
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I had it on my last camper and never had any problems like that. I only carry two bikes and that's it. I see people carrying gas scooters, cargo trays of firewood, small motorcycles, pulling another trailer, etc. from their bumper hitches. This square tube bumper is steel and welded to the frame, it seems pretty rigid to me. As far as clearance is concerned with the bikes, this rack extends far enough out to keep the handlebars and pedals clear of the back of the last camper. If I put a bike up there and it hits anything on this camper or could, I won't be using it though. I just don't like putting mine and my wife's bikes into the back of the truck. The kid's bikes, gray water tote, and firewood fill it up anyway. I there a nother solution like an intermediate link for a bike rack between the receiver on the TV and the TT tongue?
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Old 03-31-2013, 09:35 PM   #5
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For the bumper hitch it all depends on the camper. Our old Kodiak hybrid only had about 3" of total weld length on each frame rail attaching the bumper to the frame, so I had a friend who is a welder reinforce the bumper for me, problem solved. On our Grey Wolf has 14" of total weld length on each frame rail connecting the bumper to the frame, had my buddy look at the bumper and welds, he said no problem. Good welds, good penetration in to the metal, about 2000 miles carrying the bikes on the rear last year and no problems at all.

So like I said, on some campers there is no way I would carry anything on them, others it is no problem.
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Old 03-31-2013, 09:44 PM   #6
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I had it on my last camper and never had any problems like that. I only carry two bikes and that's it. I see people carrying gas scooters, cargo trays of firewood, small motorcycles, pulling another trailer, etc. from their bumper hitches. This square tube bumper is steel and welded to the frame, it seems pretty rigid to me. As far as clearance is concerned with the bikes, this rack extends far enough out to keep the handlebars and pedals clear of the back of the last camper. If I put a bike up there and it hits anything on this camper or could, I won't be using it though. I just don't like putting mine and my wife's bikes into the back of the truck. The kid's bikes, gray water tote, and firewood fill it up anyway. I there a nother solution like an intermediate link for a bike rack between the receiver on the TV and the TT tongue?
I had two bikes on my flagstaff 832bhss and had plenty of room as well , bumber was also steel and welded to frame.
Your bumper end caps will also fall out.
What model and year is your tt?
Do as you please but you've been warned.
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Old 03-31-2013, 10:26 PM   #7
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maybe your Dutchmen was not an ultra-lite trailer, like the Flagstaff is.
seriously advise you to have a receiver welded and braced to the Flagstaff's frame cause the bumper is just for carrying a sewer hose.
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I also had the same desire as Titanium X in regards to a bumper hitch on my Windjammer to mount a box to haul firewood. There is a warning on the bumper saying anything being attached to the bumper will void the warranty. I have been advised against using the bumper for any attachments by mfg. reps and am heading there advice. However, as a curious sidenote, Rockwood mounts the spare tire to the bumper which is probably substantially heavier that two bikes including the bike carrier...go figure!
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However, as a curious sidenote, Rockwood mounts the spare tire to the bumper which is probably substantially heavier that two bikes including the bike carrier...go figure!
that's because the spare tire is right up against the back of the trailer, whereas bicycles are held out and away. it's different physics.
the weight of the tire is almost directly over the bumper. the weight of the bicycles will be farther out, causing more pulling back and down on the bumper.
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Old 04-01-2013, 05:01 AM   #10
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I have so much faith in the rear (Thin sheet metal)bumper that I only have a (Nat. Park decal) on it! Youroo!!
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