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Old 11-08-2016, 08:08 PM   #1
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Hitch Stabilizer for luggage rack

I added a bumper hitch to the back of the trailer and installed a cargo carrier on it. As usual, there is a lot of slop in the receiver. In order to eliminate that and stop the potential bouncing of the carrier I found a hitch stabilizer on Amazon for about $32. Made by Hitchclamp, it's the heaviest one I've yet used. Quite a bit beefier that the old Rage unit I had on my motorcycle carrier. Simple installation as well.

I was testing out my new Gopro this weekend and made a few videos showing what I did to my trailer. This little installation was one of them.

https://youtu.be/L1nm8AgLbfY
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Old 11-11-2016, 12:26 PM   #2
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I just pound a wood shim in the gap on the top of the hitch to stop it from bouncing.

A few taps on the side of the shim and you can get it to pop back out when you are done.
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I drilled and tapped a hole for a 3/8" bolt in the bottom of the receiver tube. Welded a bolt across the head of another bolt to make a tee, no wrench needed. Drill the hole as far back as possible to still make contact with the end of the carrier tube.
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Old 11-12-2016, 07:30 AM   #4
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The way the hitch is in the video will guarantee the hitch and carrier will still be attached to the bumper when the whole mess breaks loose from the Flagstaff Super Lite frame.
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The way the hitch is in the video will guarantee the hitch and carrier will still be attached to the bumper when the whole mess breaks loose from the Flagstaff Super Lite frame.
I was thinking the same thing. It is not recommended to put a hitch on the bumpers of Travel trailers. The metal is too thin.
The OP needs to rethink this hitch/basket combo.
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I added a bumper hitch to the back of the trailer and installed a cargo carrier on it. As usual, there is a lot of slop in the receiver. In order to eliminate that and stop the potential bouncing of the carrier I found a hitch stabilizer on Amazon for about $32. Made by Hitchclamp, it's the heaviest one I've yet used. Quite a bit beefier that the old Rage unit I had on my motorcycle carrier. Simple installation as well.

I was testing out my new Gopro this weekend and made a few videos showing what I did to my trailer. This little installation was one of them.

https://youtu.be/L1nm8AgLbfY
You are probably gonna have issues with the bumper tearing off. People have had it fail with just a bike rack on that bumper. You'll need to go to the frame with a setup like that but I believe either will void your warranty.
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I added a bumper hitch to the back of the trailer and installed a cargo carrier on it.
from the video it does look like you have already added the 4Square Safety Struts to your bumper, that's a good move to reinforce the welds,.....
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Old 11-12-2016, 10:43 AM   #8
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I don't understand why they don't build these cargo carriers with a pinchbolt arrangement, similar to many bike racks.

You could probably do it yourself; just need to figure out how to keep the nut in place inside the hitch bar.

Actually, I did find a "anti rattle kit" at Curt, see here:

https://www.curtmfg.com/part/22315

This bolt isn't lockable, but they make some that are.

Update:

Etrailer has a bunch of lockable versions. See here:

Hitch and Trailer Universal Anti-Rattle Lock Locks | etrailer.com
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You can just drill and tap the collar on the hitch on the side and bottom and install (2) 3/8 x 2 Gr 8 bolts and nuts, install the carrier and tighten the bolts and lock them. No extra pcs to loose or mess with.
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Dollar fifty stabilizer:



5/8" Grade 8 bolt, nut, flat washer & lock washer from Tractor Supply. Torque to 100 Ft. Lbs.
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Old 11-13-2016, 05:47 PM   #12
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The way the hitch is in the video will guarantee the hitch and carrier will still be attached to the bumper when the whole mess breaks loose from the Flagstaff Super Lite frame.
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I was thinking the same thing. It is not recommended to put a hitch on the bumpers of Travel trailers. The metal is too thin.
The OP needs to rethink this hitch/basket combo.
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You are probably gonna have issues with the bumper tearing off. People have had it fail with just a bike rack on that bumper. You'll need to go to the frame with a setup like that but I believe either will void your warranty.
I've got bumper supports already installed to reduce the stress on the welds.

The warranty is already void I've already heard on here as I welded a couple holes in the front closed after I corrected my hitch interference.

If, at some future point, I notice a problem beginning with the welds, I can borrow an MPI tool to check them. I will then re-engineer the entire back bumper to support what I want better.

Thanks for checking out my video and for commenting.
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That's a pretty neat setup. I'm nowhere near that loading though so I'm going to see how this goes for a while.

Thanks!
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