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Old 05-15-2018, 03:48 PM   #1
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Rear Bumper storage rack

We have a 2018 Rockwood 2304ks and my tow vehicle is a SUV. I'd like to store a 50lb generator and a 5 gallon gas can on my rear bumper. I'm told this is a major no no, but if I have the dealership install a storage bracket, will it last ? This will only be used occasionally when we camp at state parks in NJ.
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Old 05-15-2018, 03:59 PM   #2
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We have a 2018 Rockwood 2304ks and my tow vehicle is a SUV. I'd like to store a 50lb generator and a 5 gallon gas can on my rear bumper. I'm told this is a major no no, but if I have the dealership install a storage bracket, will it last ? This will only be used occasionally when we camp at state parks in NJ.
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The reason it's a no-no is because your rear bumper is terribly flimsy. If you have your dealer install one, they either a) won't do it or b) charge quite a bit of money to fabricate a mount that is directly attached to the frame of your rig.

Also... watch your hitch weights when loading things on the rear. Your TT is a big seesaw.
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Old 05-15-2018, 11:14 PM   #3
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See Post #12 for what my dealer put on my 2503S. Back up to Post #2 for what he put on my Roo 19.

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...-107358-2.html

Be sure to click on the attached PDF's for drawings. I carry 2 bikes on a Thule 990XT platform rack. Three yrs on the Roo; I'm starting my 4th season on the Mini Lite. No issues so far.

Not cheap from the dealer. If you have a local weld shop, they'd probably do it cheaper.

Folks will tell you "OMG - you'll void your frame warranty!" You probably will, but that's your decision. Didn't bother me.

BTW: I DID move my spare under the camper with a BAL Hide-a-spare:

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...ite-91088.html
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Old 05-16-2018, 06:29 AM   #4
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Don't do it!! It may work for a little but eventually it'll fail after hitting the right bump in the road.
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Don't do it!! It may work for a little but eventually it'll fail after hitting the right bump in the road.
There are lots of people here who have done it with no problems. The people with problems are the ones who simply hang it off the bumper with no attempt at reinforcement.

I have yet to see anyone here post any REAL event where they had a problem (pics included) with a reinforced system.
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Over the years I've seen a couple of trailers pulled over dragging those bolt-on bumper racks.

Or even the ones you'll see in a vehicle's trailer hitch receiver.

Unfortunately, a lot of people don't seem to realize that there are weight restrictions on those and load them up with so much stuff my jaw drops in amazement.
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Old 05-16-2018, 12:50 PM   #7
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Bumper Support Brackets

There is a product out there called Safety Struts. With using these the manufacturer claims that you can hang up to 500# off of the rear bumper of a travel trailer or 5th wheel.

Their product is sold by them and on Amazon

You can get further information at their website:

WWW.Mount-N-Lock.com
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Old 05-16-2018, 03:43 PM   #8
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There is a product out there called Safety Struts. With using these the manufacturer claims that you can hang up to 500# off of the rear bumper of a travel trailer or 5th wheel.

Their product is sold by them and on Amazon

You can get further information at their website:

WWW.Mount-N-Lock.com
Yes, a number of folks here on the forum have used these with no issues.
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I agree that MOST TT bumpers are not strong enough to support even a bike carrier safely.
However, I had two 2" square tubes welded between the frames about 1 ft apart and welded a receiver tube onto them. The receiver tube is also welded to the bumper, but it holds up the bumper, not vice versa. I carry a cargo box, or bikes, or my 325 lb motorscooter. No issues in thousands of miles of towing.
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NO NO DONT DO IT!
Is the common refrain .
Well, my Wolf Pup 16BHS comes stock with factory mounted rear platform. Capacity of 200#.
I plan on using it. Note: The mounted spare tire is part of that 200#. My generator is 108, gotta weigh my bikes.
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I've got a little less than 5,000 miles on this setup, but so far I couldn't be happier.

One More Time Around: Wolf Pup - Generator1

One More Time Around: Wolf Pup - Spare tire mount
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I've got a little less than 5,000 miles on this setup, but so far I couldn't be happier.

One More Time Around: Wolf Pup - Generator1

One More Time Around: Wolf Pup - Spare tire mount
Is the spare still mounted to the bumper after you remounted the rear rack for the generator? How much does that generator weigh?
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Old 05-18-2018, 10:38 PM   #13
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Is the spare still mounted to the bumper after you remounted the rear rack for the generator? How much does that generator weigh?
The generator is mounted on the bumper and weighs about 100 lbs.
The spare tire is mounted on the bumper as well, but the fold down rack has been removed.
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