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Old 05-11-2013, 02:16 PM   #31
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Been there; done that.

It did not make it out of the driveway.

The folks here really saved my bacon on that one.

A total FAIL mod...
I was thinking of doing almost the same thing! Why do you call it a failure? I have what appears to be almost the same carrier designed for a class 3 receiver, however the trailer comes built with a class 1 receiver. It's placarded for 300 lbs I think. The only thing I can think of as a problem would be the rocking or torsional moment at the hitch point, which could probably be stabilized at the outboard ends by fastening to the bumper. Awaiting your remarks!
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Old 05-11-2013, 02:40 PM   #32
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Prior to changing to my 3/16 bumper I had someone familiar with structural steel check out my ultra lite. He said the the bumper was the weak link. It had a bit over 1/16 thickness with mininimal welding to attach. With the new bumper and reinforced attachment I triple tow a boat with 100# tongue weight or carry a receiver bike rack with 2 bikes. He advised to center the weight when you have torsion axles. I probably wouldn't have done the mod if I had warranty since mfg. look for a reason to not honor a warranty.
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Old 05-11-2013, 02:57 PM   #33
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I was thinking of doing almost the same thing! Why do you call it a failure? I have what appears to be almost the same carrier designed for a class 3 receiver, however the trailer comes built with a class 1 receiver. It's placarded for 300 lbs I think. The only thing I can think of as a problem would be the rocking or torsional moment at the hitch point, which could probably be stabilized at the outboard ends by fastening to the bumper. Awaiting your remarks!
The Ultra-Lite bumper welds are rated for 150 pounds within 6 inches of bumper center line. The further from centerline you place the load the lower the weight you can put there.

I did not know and I was saved by Rugged Brown's warning. Here is HIS experience with a bike rack on that bumper.
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Old 05-11-2013, 05:39 PM   #34
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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.)
I'm not sure wasn't willing to pay the 832.00 for the hitch. But for 832.00 Sounded way to high for me. But that was wiring and labor and welding and hitch.
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Old 05-11-2013, 11:52 PM   #35
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The Ultra-Lite bumper welds are rated for 150 pounds within 6 inches of bumper center line. The further from centerline you place the load the lower the weight you can put there.

I did not know and I was saved by Rugged Brown's warning. Here is HIS experience with a bike rack on that bumper.
Thanks for posting this.

I don't know what our TT is capable carrying on the back, but the welding and I-beam look the same as the pics you posted.

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Old 05-12-2013, 12:49 AM   #36
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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.
The rack is rated for 250 lbs not including the spare tire. So maybe 300 lbs total. Pretty good.
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All of these posts, I think, talk about modifying the bumpers, do any of the ultra-lites come factory equipped with receiver hitches? Class 1 or 3 and rated for weight? Ours came with factory class 1 hitch rated for 200 lbs capacity, just went out to look!! Does not mention towing, in fact a warning placard says do not exceed this weight! Now I am wondering, exactly how useful is this hitch? We all would probably like to carry stuff back there, otherwise this thread wouldn't exist! I like the aluminum platform idea, however it looks like the only thing back there will be my spare tire!
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I think it boils down to the simple fact that those that want to add stuff to the rear bumper will do whatever they want to regardless of what others say. Some will be successful and some will be failures.
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Old 05-12-2013, 10:03 AM   #39
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All of these posts, I think, talk about modifying the bumpers, do any of the ultra-lites come factory equipped with receiver hitches? Class 1 or 3 and rated for weight? Ours came with factory class 1 hitch rated for 200 lbs capacity, just went out to look!! Does not mention towing, in fact a warning placard says do not exceed this weight! Now I am wondering, exactly how useful is this hitch? We all would probably like to carry stuff back there, otherwise this thread wouldn't exist! I like the aluminum platform idea, however it looks like the only thing back there will be my spare tire!
None now. There was a model that had a factory installed hitch but "legal" made them remove it after a year. (Frame cracks most likely).
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Old 05-12-2013, 10:18 AM   #40
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The Ultra-Lite bumper welds are rated for 150 pounds within 6 inches of bumper center line. The further from centerline you place the load the lower the weight you can put there.

I did not know and I was saved by Rugged Brown's warning. Here is HIS experience with a bike rack on that bumper.
You might note that the welds did not fail.
It was the ultra-thin metal of the main frame that tore.
So for those thinking about adding any extra weight, or a receiver hitch to the rear of such a frame, consider just how weak that frame really is.
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