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Old 08-27-2014, 09:07 PM   #1
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Rear bumper mod to keep end caps in place

We ended up just about loosing both end caps on the bumper multiple times. To help fix this I drilled a hole though the bumper and the plastic caps at both ends of the bumper.
Then I installed a 4" hitch pin. Problem solved.Click image for larger version

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Old 08-27-2014, 09:14 PM   #2
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That's a nice heavy duty pin. When my brother did something similar he just used cheap tent pegs.
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Old 08-27-2014, 09:28 PM   #3
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What a great idea. I like it!!!
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Old 08-27-2014, 09:46 PM   #4
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skewers work too.
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Old 08-28-2014, 03:58 AM   #5
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We ended up just about loosing both end caps on the bumper multiple times. To help fix this I drilled a hole though the bumper and the plastic caps at both ends of the bumper.
Then I installed a 4" hitch pin. Problem solved.
Well you certainly didn't under spec the job. Btw, I just noticed a new product for this. It is a aluminum end cap that pivots up out of the way and closes back securely .
I think they wanted 20 dollars for it which was more than I was willing to spend. Someone saw the need and produced a great solution. Sorry I don't have a picture .
Having said that, your solution is very good too.
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Old 08-28-2014, 05:57 AM   #6
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My fix for lost -------------

My fix for lost end caps is bead chain attached to bumper with a pop rivet and a stainless screw in the end cap with chain eyes. I never leave a end cap behind!
Also using the end caps that you have to squeeze to remove.
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Bumper end caps-----------

Bumper end caps as you can see are secured with a bead chain. I purchased the chain (heavy duty) and eyes on the INTERNET. When I crimped the eyes
to the chain, I then soldered the crimp closed for good measure.
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Old 08-29-2014, 06:46 AM   #8
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I like the idea and it'll definitely keep you from losing caps. My concern is that, driving down the road, are you prone to having a cap come off and losing bumper contents? That was my rationale for doing the drill and pin approach similar to the OP (but a bit lighter duty on the pin - simply bent a small hook onto the end of a 6 inch long 3/16" diameter piece of aluminum and drilled a hole through the bottom for a small security clip).
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One self tapping screw in each cap through the bumper did the trick. Keeps my poles in the bumper while moving. Don't want to have the cap and contents fall out just to get to the campsite to find the only thing left are the end caps hanging on a chain.....
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Old 09-01-2014, 09:00 AM   #10
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Hi,

I'm into simple and cheap. I just drilled a hole in the bumper and dropped a galvanized nail down through the top alone. Never have had it bump out, and never lost a cap.

FWIW.

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