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Old 05-08-2013, 02:15 PM   #21
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I have a rockwood Ultra lite 5th. Replaced the original bumper (very thin) with a 3/16" 4X4 for $100 dollars (my son bolted and welded)plus $80 for a Curt hitch. A bit more weight but I compensate by carrying the spare in the truck. I tow a boat or carry a bike rack.
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:44 PM   #22
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I have a rockwood Ultra lite 5th. Replaced the original bumper (very thin) with a 3/16" 4X4 for $100 dollars (my son bolted and welded)plus $80 for a Curt hitch. A bit more weight but I compensate by carrying the spare in the truck. I tow a boat or carry a bike rack.
Funny you should say. I am hardheaded and went with a 3/16 4x4 square tube as well. Ran 1" square tube under the 4x4 tube and welded to the frame rail. Also ran a 2x2 angle right in front of the 4x4 bumper and welded all of this up. Took spare tire off and welded the spare tire carrier under the tongue of the trailer (axle is still low point of the vehicle).

I am fabricating the generator mount tomorrow. Will post pics and let you know how it goes. Generator is about 150 lbs with gas and will be centered 9" behind the bumper. Hopefully with everything solidly welded and not sticking out too far, it will be OK. I will watch things very carefully.
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:53 PM   #23
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The only disadvantage to the 3/16 is the sewer hose end piece won't fit so I store in a plastic storage tote. The rubber end caps also don't fit so I cut off the portion that went inside and glued them on.
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:09 PM   #24
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I stack wood on the back of my Rockwood ultra lite and have never had a problem
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Old 05-10-2013, 10:04 PM   #25
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I stack wood on the back of my Rockwood ultra lite and have never had a problem
Little different than hanging something a foot or more off the rear bumper.
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Old 05-10-2013, 10:29 PM   #26
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It is on the rear bumper....I use one of those bike racks that fit into a Reese receiver
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Old 05-10-2013, 10:34 PM   #27
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I think HERK will be able to give you some advice on the rear generator mount.
Been there; done that.

It did not make it out of the driveway.

The folks here really saved my bacon on that one.

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Old 05-11-2013, 09:20 AM   #28
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The dealer will put a hitch on the back. But they want a arm and a leg for it. They priced me 832.00 so I could pull my Jon boat that weighs maybe 500 pounds. Still under warranty. And warranty the work.
This sounds fishy to me. In order to do a "mod" like that and have it not violate the mfg. warranty, it is my understanding that they have to get explicit permission from the mfg. to make the change. I would be really surprised if the mfg. would approve a change like that (since the frame wasn't designed for it). I suspect most of the cost the dealer charged you was to cover the cost of some "special" warranty he "bought" on his own. (In fact, he probably just put the money in his pocket and hopes you don't have any problems during the warranty period.)
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My vcross has a cargo rack that hinges on the back. I don't know what it is rated for tho. It has the spare tire which is pretty heavy already, but in the down position the tire would be to close to the ground, I think.
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Quite a few of the new units are coming with a fold down tray now, so what has been done to the frames to accommodate this, or have they just added the tray on and if that is the case why can't everyone who wants to just buy the frame and components to attach it??
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