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Old 07-23-2012, 10:23 PM   #1
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Bike carrier on rear bumper of trailer

I know there are posts else where pertaining to this topic. I have a puma 31kbh. I am considering installing a bike carrier to the rear bumper of this trailer if possible. I have read about bumpers twisting and bending and tearing things up due to the weight of the bikes. Wanting to know if anyone has installed one, or ideas to strengthen up bumper to support a carrier and the weight of the bikes. I am tired of putting bikes in the back of truck and taking up useful space. Thanks and looking forward to ideas.
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Old 07-23-2012, 10:31 PM   #2
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Everyone will say not to but I see some wild stuff here and there. This past weekend I saw a travel trailer with a hitch bolted around the bumper. He had one of those deals to install a bike rack and a cargo carrier stuck in there. He had 3 bikes on the rack and 2 big coolers full of beer and food on the carrier. On the back of the carrier he had one of those adjustable hitches for pulling a BBQ pit. We have a hitch that's welded to the frame and not using the bumper at all. That's what almost every trailer in my area has to pull boats to the river all summer. I'd never use one of the bolt on bumper hitches though.
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Old 07-23-2012, 10:35 PM   #3
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I hate to recommend something I myself have had issues with .
I am a member of the bike rack disaster club .

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Friends of ours had a bolt-on bike rack and it drug their bikes down the road until someone got their attention and made them pull over. I won't do it.

Though, the people who say they do say to weld to the frame and possibly reinforce it. Still would scare me, though.

Bikes will either go on top of the RV roof or inside of the camper, for me.
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Old 07-24-2012, 07:48 PM   #5
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I checked my bumper and it's welded to the frame. It doesn't seem unreasonable.
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Old 07-24-2012, 08:08 PM   #6
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I checked my bumper and it's welded to the frame. It doesn't seem unreasonable.
They are all welded to the frame, the bumper matl and frame matl will NOT take the dynamic load(bouncing/vibration). The weld will probably hold, the frame or the bumper will NOT!

You are going to have disasterous results and possibly cause someone else to have an accident trying to avoid hitting your bikes & rack when they slide down the highway.
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Old 07-29-2012, 09:20 AM   #7
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Make one that puts the bikes on the tongue of the trailer, up and above the tanks. Several on this forum and the rv.net forum have made them for theirs. A local welding shop could do it as well. With them on the front, you can keep an eye on them while traveling and they are easily loaded/unloaded.
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Old 07-29-2012, 11:26 AM   #8
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I checked my bumper and it's welded to the frame. It doesn't seem unreasonable.
I am a member of bikes on the back bumper club.
Three holes later in the back of my fiberglass camper and that did it for me.
Over a thousand dollars of repairs later no bikes see the back of my campers.

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I am a member of bikes on the back bumper club.
Three holes later in the back of my fiberglass camper and that did it for me.
Over a thousand dollars of repairs later no bikes see the back of my campers.

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I have a back pack rack that uses the hitch mount on the back of the travel trailer. I can switch to bike carrier when not using the rack. When they installed it, prior to that they also welded additional support, reinforcement of the hitch. Here is some pictures showing the extra bar that runs parallel to the bumper.





I'll see if I can get a better picture of it today. As I am heading out to the rv storage to check on my TT under the bed thing
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