Originally Posted by deebarjay
looking for ideas to build a platform to carry 2 Honda 2000's on back bumper....trailer is a 22ft rockwood minilite....warning sticker on bumper not to add anything..... pics if you have some would be great...thanks.
I'm in the exact same situation your are in and I'm in search of a rear bumper hauling solution, as well. I've got a 2014 Rockwood Mini-Lite 1905.
I've also got a Honda EU3000is generator that I want to mount, along with other items, on the back of the trailer. Notice, I didn't say to the bumper. I've read enough about this to know that mounting a carrier with a 150-lb generator, gas can, etc., straight to the bumper is not going to work out well.
However, I did find this potential solution that I'm going to try out....slowly.
This site, https://www.mount-n-lock.com/
, offers a couple of different approaches for using a rack on the back of your trailer.
The first approach is to replace your bumper with a stronger one, then use brackets attached to the frame to reinforce it.
The second approach is to attach brackets that go around your current bumper and attach directly to your frame, thereby strengthening your bumper.
This page also offers a modular carrier system that I like because I plan to put a large, aluminum toolbox on the carrier that I can secure to the carrier and dissuade thieves.
This site, Portable generator mounted on the back of an RV
, or page, rather, shows a solution to mounting your generator (in this case 2 Honda's) inside an aluminum container, along with electrical supply, that allows you to run the generator(s) while inside the container.
My approach to our common problem will be to first purchase the brackets that will go around my current bumper and bolt directly to my frame and then attach any container mounts at the place on the bumper where the new bumper supports are mounted.
If the Mount-n-Lock system isn't strong enough, I'm considering cutting holes directly through the bumper straight through to the frame, where I can mount regular trailer hitch receivers directly to the frame, then mount a platform to hold the aluminum container using the square trailer hitch receivers.
I'm sure there's a way to get this done. It just depends on which approach holds the weight you're wanting to put on the back of the trailer.
The full system available for Mount-n-Lock (replacing your bumper with a stronger bumper, adding supports for the new bumper bolted to the frame), is supposed to hold up to 1,000 pounds, according to Mount-n-Lock.
I don't want to put but about 300 pounds on the back end, so I'm going to try the system without replacing my bumper and utilizing their frame-bolted bumper supports.
It'll just be trial-and-error (not on the road!
) of adding weight (such as cement block or bags of cement, etc.) to the container using any approach to determine what it's capacity is.
I haven't started this project, yet, but I'm ready to! I want to boon-dock a lot, and I'm not fond of hauling that 150-lb generator around on the inside, then having to carry it outside every time we stop overnight.
Post your progress, and I'll do the same. My email is rick at whitestonemedia.com, if you want contact me directly.
Good luck and I know we'll find a solution!