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Old 05-05-2015, 09:37 AM   #11
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Failures!

These are all 5th wheelers,with larger frames than yours,and they FAILED,except the one with (Cable and Bolts Drilled Thru the Rear Wall)!! Youroo!!
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Old 05-05-2015, 09:44 AM   #12
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[QUOTE=HONDAMAN174;854974]Was thinking of altering the rear bumper myself and having a pro welder make a custom bumper and rack. What's holding me back is where I store it as I can't afford an additional 2-3 ft added. For now I have been putting my wood totes in my unit in the bathroom from the back door.[/QU
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Old 05-05-2015, 12:18 PM   #13
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Old 05-05-2015, 12:52 PM   #14
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I had a Dutchmen Kodiak 24' trailer and took it to a machine shop where a welder fabricated a receiver hitch that attached to the frame. While he was at it, he also added welds to strengthen the bumper. To that receiver hitch I carried a "GearDeck17" Youtube for GearDeck here. In it I put my Generator and grill. Worked great. Now I have a fifth wheel and plan to put it back there.
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Old 05-05-2015, 12:54 PM   #15
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I had a Dutchmen Kodiak 24' trailer and took it to a machine shop where a welder fabricated a receiver hitch that attached to the frame. While he was at it, he also added welds to strengthen the bumper. To that receiver hitch I carried a "GearDeck17" Youtube for GearDeck here. In it I put my Generator and grill. Worked great. Now I have a fifth wheel and plan to put it back there.
Your Dutchman Kodiak was not an ultra light travel trailer with a fabricated I beam frame was it?
And neither is your 5th wheel.

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Old 05-05-2015, 01:00 PM   #16
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The Dutchman Kodiak is a ultralight weight trailer. It has real I beams not made of three pieces of metal welded together. (I was just shopping for one). But I still think it is a bad idea to but a rack off the rear bumper.
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Old 05-05-2015, 01:06 PM   #17
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It's a 2013 Kodiak 242RESL with an aluminum i-beam. The fifth wheel is a 2016 Wildcat 295rsx with a BAL frame. The Wildcat came with the factory provided fold-up storage deck at the back. That deck is attached to frame extensions and is rated at 300 pounds.

My GearDeck's cargo box is 25#, the receiver frame is 50# but for the fifth wheel I will just be attaching the cargo box to the factory foldup deck. My generator weighs 86# and my grill weighs 23#. Sometimes I put gas cans in there and an occasional folding chair or two. With 17 cubic feet of storage, I never get over a couple of hundred pounds.

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Check out the youtube video above. Also, I can't stress enough how important a good welder and fabricator was for me. I never used the bumper but I probably could have after he got thru finishing what the factory should have done. By the way, this is an expensive solution GearDeck17 $1100 plus fabricate/weld $350.
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The Dutchman Kodiak is a ultralight weight trailer. It has real I beams not made of three pieces of metal welded together. (I was just shopping for one).
Our 2006 Kokiak was supposedly an ultra light also and did have a real I beam, but it was a light wt I beam.
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Old 05-05-2015, 01:08 PM   #19
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Don't do it!!! My RV dealer brought me into the service bay to show me a standard trailer bumper that had a bike rack on it. The bumper was still attached but was twisted like a twister licorice. Unbelievable it never tore off.


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Old 05-05-2015, 01:15 PM   #20
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...The Wildcat came with the factory provided fold-up storage deck at the back. That deck is attached to frame extensions and is rated at 300 pounds...
What you have and the OP has is 2 entirely different trailers. Yours came from the factory with the rack, the OPs came with a warning sticker. Big difference.
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