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Old 04-29-2018, 06:49 PM   #1
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Mount-n-Lock SafetyStruts

I installed my Mount-n-Lock SafetyStruts today. I was going to install a frame mounted hitch but could not get it to fit.

It's up for sale HERE.
http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...ew-158470.html

I have an I Beam frame and decided to use two safety struts together to sandwich each frame. It is not required, but just my quirkiness to over do things. If 1 SafetyStrut is good, than 2 must be better.

It was a painless install, but it went much easier with my son helping. The extra set of hands came in handy for holding a strut while clamping down as well as tightening the nuts and bolts.

After drilling the first center hole, one of the recommended options is to use a jack to press up the strut to the frame for a tight fit. Then drill the upper and lower holes.

After that I put the bolts in and placed the 2nd strut on the other side of the frame. Then we torqued them all down.

We are planning on carrying two bikes on a Let's Go Aero Bike Wing on a Curt Bumper mount. The mount-n-lock people say the bumper is strong enough for 400lbs. My spare, bike rack and two bikes should not come close to that.

Next project is to install an A Frame hitch for two more bikes to balance our load.

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Old 05-03-2018, 08:09 PM   #2
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I had no idea these things were made. I've bookmarked the page for future use. Thanks!
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Do these work?
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Do these work?
I have not taken a trip yet. However there are other threads here with happy customers.
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Old 05-08-2018, 01:07 PM   #5
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They will certainly stiffen up the bumper to I-Beam attaching point. (especially using two at each end like you did)
Now, IF the box bumper is strong enough to support whatever you decide to attach to it, you are golden.
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Yes had a set on now for going on 4 years... no metal fatigue or tearing on the bumper on my 183 Shamrock...
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Started putting them on right from the start. Great product for sure!
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I installed the safety struts on our 5th wheel bumper and also installed four support arms onto the bumper in a 60 inch span. I am now installing a 60 in. X 24 in. X 18 in. aluminum storage box, into which I am mounting two Honda 2200 generators. Total weight of setup will be less than 200 lbs. Those safety struts are advertised to support 400 lbs. If anyone spots a bright aluminum box on side of highway, then you will know that the struts failed to do their job.
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Love mine, carried a total of four bikes (two small kids bikes) for many miles. I like the idea of the double up too.

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Thanks for the idea using the jack. That was a massive help. 4 bikes and a spare tire and it doesnt even move the slightest.
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I installed them yesterday!
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6,000 miles so far this season and they are performing as advertised. I'm happy with them.

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I installed my Mount-n-Lock SafetyStruts today. I was going to install a frame mounted hitch but could not get it to fit.

It's up for sale HERE.
http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...ew-158470.html

I have an I Beam frame and decided to use two safety struts together to sandwich each frame. It is not required, but just my quirkiness to over do things. If 1 SafetyStrut is good, than 2 must be better.

It was a painless install, but it went much easier with my son helping. The extra set of hands came in handy for holding a strut while clamping down as well as tightening the nuts and bolts.

After drilling the first center hole, one of the recommended options is to use a jack to press up the strut to the frame for a tight fit. Then drill the upper and lower holes.

After that I put the bolts in and placed the 2nd strut on the other side of the frame. Then we torqued them all down.

We are planning on carrying two bikes on a Let's Go Aero Bike Wing on a Curt Bumper mount. The mount-n-lock people say the bumper is strong enough for 400lbs. My spare, bike rack and two bikes should not come close to that.

Next project is to install an A Frame hitch for two more bikes to balance our load.

Have Fun!
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I've got a Roo 21DK and this system seems to be just what I need. Am I right is thinking the unit I would need is the SNN?
Thanks for the help,
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I've got a Roo 21DK and this system seems to be just what I need. Am I right is thinking the unit I would need is the SNN?
Thanks for the help,
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I ordered the SSN too. Since I wanted the sandwich method, I ordered the double pack. BBS-010423-4SSS. Probably overkill, but I feel good about it and do not worry about what is back there.

I can see the bikes in the rear camera as I drive down the road and there is no noticable movement.

Have fun!
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Thanks for the info Ron
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Thumbs down Mount-n-Lock Bumper Hitch

***DO NOT USE***
I use 4" bumper trailer hitch for the second time while travelling out west in Canada. I was carrying two bicycles on a rack. The hitch snapped and my bikes were dragging on the ground on the Trans Canada Highway at 70 MPH. The bikes remained on the rack and the bumper wasn't twisted but my bikes were ruined. When I contacted the Company and sent them pictures...they blamed the bumpy north roads in Canada causing the extra stress. No compensation at all.
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Hi donnowk! I see this is your 1st post.

I'm sorry your 1st post was to come here and complain about something that has been discussed on this forum (and others) multiple times.

Had you done your homework and a forum search BEFORE buying, you may have saved yourself some headaches.

I hope you have better camping luck in the future.
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The hitch snapped and my bikes were dragging on the ground on the Trans Canada Highway at 70 MPH. The bikes remained on the rack and the bumper wasn't twisted
I would like to see those pictures because it seems to me that what you describe is that the struts did not fail, the hitch did... struts help the bumper not twist off the frame welds.

besides bumpy Canadian roads and bumper hanging bikes DO NOT MIX well...
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Considering these (2 or 4?? heavy ebike!) for a 2506 mini lite. Other than the one one vague post above, have there been any other failures? I wish the guy was more specific on the failure, dunno if it was the receiver he bolted on, or the brackets for reinforcements?

Anyone hear or have a failure?
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If you read on this forum about mounting stuff on bumpers, you will see success and failure stories, and people promoting both DO IT and DON'T DO IT. This ONE POST from this ONE GUY is all that I have we have heard from him. I think he had an axe to grind for some reason.

First, understand and look at your camper bumper and how it mounts to the frame carefully.

The bumpers on most LITE campers, like yours and mine are made with very thin steel that is not mounted very securely. When mounting heavy things to the bumper the rotational force applied to the bumper by loads bouncing on the road will tend to tear either the welds on the frame or twist and tear the thin sheet metal of the bumper away from the camper. Some have even posted pictures of the I-beam frames of the camper failing and bending a foot or so in front of the bumper. And of course some will say that of course you are voiding any warranty should you have a problem that may not even be caused by the Mount and Lock struts.

In the end, it is not be as simple as bolting these struts on, adding a rack and driving away. Careful thought about the value of your load and it's weight and stress on your camper have to be considered. ALSO important is the aspect of what happens to people following you should the load hit the road and start rolling and bouncing in the highway?

Mount n Lock struts may be part of the total strengthening package that you need for your particular needs. Keep reading and searching this forum for many posts on how others have solved their problem.

Personally those struts are all that I have used, but I also only load maybe 35-40# total in my basket on the back of my trailer, and I tend to not drive on bumpy Forest Service roads.
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