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Old 06-26-2015, 11:34 PM   #1
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Rear cargo carrier / bike rack

Has anyone welded a channel or tube onto the FRAME of an Ultra Lite trailer to mount a hitch receiver on? If so, do you have any pics you can post of how you did it?

I know it's not recommended to attach the receiver to the paper thin bumper of my Rockwood 2601 and I don't plan on doing so. I have seen several discussions on the no-no's of using the bumper but not much on welding something up on the frame that WILL work. I know someone out there has had to tackle this with some success. Looking to use it either for a 4 bike rack or a cargo rack for a generator, fire wood, etc. Thanks.
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Old 06-26-2015, 11:46 PM   #2
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All i'm going to say is that topic has been beat to death here and you will likely crack welds in your frame.
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Old 06-26-2015, 11:48 PM   #3
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You'll also likely be voiding your warranty.
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Old 06-27-2015, 02:04 AM   #4
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The frame warrant could be voided by such a mod.
Unless your frame's warranty has already expired.
From what I've seen on RV forums, most newer FR ultralight TTs have a warning sticker on the bumper.
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Old 06-27-2015, 05:42 AM   #5
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Putting any significant weight (more than say 50 pounds) much past the end of the original frame termination will cause stress at the flex point (just aft of the last axle attachment point) beyond the design specification of the frame desgn.

This excessive bending moment will fail the frame at some point down the road. Additionally, frame bend (flex) will be transferred to the structure of the camper causing premature separations in the cabinetry, wall sections could crack at openings, or delaminate.

Just not worth it, IMO.
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Old 06-27-2015, 07:05 AM   #6
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Works like a Charm! Here are some (Frame Mounted Failures)! Youroo!!
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Old 06-27-2015, 07:44 AM   #7
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So, assuming those campers are somewhat level, the carriers already show signs of impending trouble (significant down bend).

I doubt they installed them "unlevel" like that. Additionally, they are fairly new campers and may not have seen much road use yet.

Like any overstress, one or three times may not be the "charm."

The "Charm" none the less will most likely happen; typically without the owner's awareness until it is all over but the crying.

No vested interest here; and you, of course, can do as you will with your camper and expensive equipment/bikes in "hacked on" storage.

I would feel remiss if I didn't give you fair warning that this could be troublesome.
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Good enough. Thanks
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Old 06-27-2015, 10:46 AM   #9
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I have a bike rack from Camping World for two bikes on my back bumper of my previous RV without any problem. I had to remove the spare tire from the rear bumper to install the rack and the spare tire holder and tire weighed more than my bikes and bike rack.
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To the OP

If you do decided use the one from CW on the bumper check to see if there is clearance for the receiver to be installed on top of the bumper. Mine didn't have the clearance and I had to installed the receiver below the bumper and that only gives 18" clearance between the end of the bike rack and the ground.

We also tried the ladder mounted bike rack but with our ladder being on 2 inches from the edge of the RV the bikes would expend beyond the side of the trailer.
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