After reading all the comments about the reasons to not mount a bike rack on the rear bumper, I decided to do it anyhow.
Today my 21FBRS is at the weld shop. He is installing a heavier bumper with some reinforcement. I will haul the spare tire in the bed of the truck. The tire and tire rack weighed in at 45 lbs. The bike rack and bikes (2) weigh around 100 lbs.
God help us.
2016 Cedar Creek 36ckts
2015 Ford F-350
4WD SRW Diesel
the bikes will extend further from the bumper than the spare did and bounce where the tire is securely mounted. Either way, your rig, do it your way. Seems like a hassle to have to keep spare in truck bed. One more thing to load.
I don't see a problem as long as it's a heavier bumper and/or there's reinforcement built in. I had my fabricator add a reinforcement beam behind my bumper and weld on a 2" receiver. Carried a Hitchhiker platform with a box on the back of my Roo 23SS for a couple of years. No problems.
Here is the platforn with the Hitchhiker bag on it. I later added the box from Tractor Supply.
"Sunny" the 2017 Sunseeker 3010DS
2006 Jeep Liberty Toad
.... and lovin' life...
It sure makes it a PITA to check the spare tire air pressure with them mounted under the trailer. Bad enough when they are on the back with a cover on them. They are REAL easy to overlook and unless you carry a 12v compressor, will always be low when you need them and are not needing another frustration at the time. Ask me how I know.
you might be right OC, but I think in most cases, people that are going to check it, will do so no matter where it is. Some will never check it no matter how accessible it is. If maintenance was easy, everyone would do it
Not to rain on your parade, but beefing up the bumper will do nothing to help your trailer frame. Stiffening the bumper and attachments will just transfer that stress to the frame causing excessive flex just aft of the rearmost axle attachment points.
Keep an eye on your frame (most are hidden so you can't without dropping the belly panels and side trim) so this does not happen to you.
Lou and Laura with Bella - German Short Hair Pointer
2008 GMC Sierra 2500HD Crewcab SB Allison Duramax
2010 Flagstaff 8526RLWS - Superglide 3300
HAM CALLSIGN - KC3FFW
How many folks check the air in the truck tires religiously? Probably 95%. How many of these same folks crawl under them and check the spare? Probably 1% of the 95%. I might just put one of my spare non-flow thru sensors on the spare. I've never checked my spare, but the shop I have do maintenance on the truck does every time it is on the lift. They check every tire and all the lights as a routine procedure and replace bulbs without even asking. Love the guys at G-Max in Concord, NC.