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Old 04-19-2014, 09:45 PM   #1
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New Bumper & Bike Rack

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.

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Old 04-19-2014, 09:53 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 04-19-2014, 09:57 PM   #3
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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.



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Old 04-19-2014, 10:05 PM   #4
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Just an idea, my buddy found a spare tire carrier off a pick up truck. The kind that is under the bed. He had it mounted under the back of his camper.
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Just an idea, my buddy found a spare tire carrier off a pick up truck. The kind that is under the bed. He had it mounted under the back of his camper.
I've heard of doing that too. I wouldn't mind doing that just to have a cleaner look at rear of TT. I'm sure if you mount it directly behind the axles, there would never be a ground clearance issue.
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Old 04-20-2014, 07:16 AM   #6
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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.
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Old 04-20-2014, 07:23 AM   #7
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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
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Old 04-20-2014, 07:25 AM   #8
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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.
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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.
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Old 04-20-2014, 07:37 AM   #10
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with most vehicles having TPMS now, I bet everyone forgets all about the spare now. If the computer doesn't do it for them, its not done.
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