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Old 05-01-2018, 06:25 PM   #1
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Rack for generator and fire wood

Has anyone come up with a way to mount a rack on the back of their pop up for fire wood and a generator? We've got a new HW296 and the metal "bumper" looks pretty light gauge.

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Old 05-01-2018, 06:27 PM   #2
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many many threads about adding bikes, weight etc to bumper. may void warranty on new unit. If you do decide make sure it is properly reinforced. lots of stories on hear about things sliding down the road.
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Yup. I built one. Has little pockets for the feet of a Honda generator. Extra loops all over for tie downs. On a pop up I'd use aluminium and go back further to the main frame.
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Romberg with a light trailer adding rear weight has an adverse effect on tounge weight when you get to 10% or less it can ge bad and the tail will wag the dog
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Old 05-01-2018, 08:42 PM   #5
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putting a hauler on the back bumper is doable, but I never put anything heavier than 50#... certainly not a genny or firewood... the genny goes in the trailer over the axles, and I don't do firewood.

I added a bolt-on bumper hitch I picked up on etrailer dot com, then added the aluminum carrier basket from Harbor Freight... I reinforced the bumper with these struts...
https://mount-n-lock.com/

I put the carrier closer to one side thinking the bumper tube would be a little stronger near the mounts, rather then center...

so far three years and probably 8,000 miles no problem...
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Mount n lock 4 square safety struts to reinforce the bumper.
https://www.amazon.com/Mount-n-Lock-...5225738&sr=8-1
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Checkout the Stromberg Carlson generator rack, mounts to the a frame of the hitch.
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Old 05-01-2018, 09:01 PM   #8
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The frame on a popup is not heavy enough to support any significant weight hung off the back of the TT. I would not recommend this.
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Not Recommended at all. Should have looked at this prior to purchase. Buy wood local ($$) and put the genny in the truck or back of the SUV.
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So do you remember the hitch that was on your 277? Did you notice how reinforced it was?? My guy that put that on is/was race car builder. If interested, I can ask if he is willing to do the same to your unit.

Two things to that- one, I would only put 100 pounds back there to keep from taking too much tongue weight off- Iíll tell you later how I know that. You can always put the generator just inside the door if itís an inverter and leave the wood on the rack.

Two, put a hitch basket on will require you to tie the corners off to the bumper to keep from rocking. Then when you set up you need to take it all apart to put up your bed supports.
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Yup. I built one. Has little pockets for the feet of a Honda generator. Extra loops all over for tie downs. On a pop up I'd use aluminium and go back further to the main frame.
The OP has a popup, you have a TT.
pop ups have weaker and lighter frames.
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Mount n lock 4 square safety struts to reinforce the bumper.
https://www.amazon.com/Mount-n-Lock-...5225738&sr=8-1
This thread is in the Popup section and the OP has a highwall popup.
It doesn't have a square bumper so these won't work on it.
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Got it. Don't do it.

Another question or two then as tow with an SUV so I can not simply put the genny in a truck bed:

1. Those who carry it in the trailer - What about the gas fumes? Not fire risk so much but smell?

2. Would an LP generator produce lees smell in the trailer during transport?


Hondaman 174 - Yes, I did notice it AND used it to put on a small rack that carried a Honda 2000 generator and 4-5 small firewood bundles. I loved this option but maybe I shouldn't do that again due to reduction in hitch weight?

Thank you all
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putting a hauler on the back bumper is doable, but I never put anything heavier than 50#... certainly not a genny or firewood... the genny goes in the trailer over the axles, and I don't do firewood.

I added a bolt-on bumper hitch I picked up on etrailer dot com, then added the aluminum carrier basket from Harbor Freight... I reinforced the bumper with these struts...
https://mount-n-lock.com/

I put the carrier closer to one side thinking the bumper tube would be a little stronger near the mounts, rather then center...

so far three years and probably 8,000 miles no problem...
Hi rsdata, If you use the struts you mentioned can you use the bolt on bumper hitch to carry two bikes weighing about 30lbs each plus the weight of the rack so about 75lbs ?
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You understand how a lever works.

You are adding a lot of weight to one side of the lever and taking it off your trailer hitch.

This is how you get sway and other towing issues.

Do not do this.
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Concur with kimber on this one
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Itís not advisable to transport wood from one area to another because you are risking transporting bugs into a new area. Buy your wood locally.
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Itís not advisable to transport wood from one area to another because you are risking transporting bugs into a new area. Buy your wood locally.
The OP wasn't asking about the legality of transporting wood. He was asking about a bumper rack for his rig.
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Yup. I built one. Has little pockets for the feet of a Honda generator. Extra loops all over for tie downs. On a pop up I'd use aluminium and go back further to the main frame.
Nice! I did one similar to this on my 5er, except:
  1. I removed the existing thin wall 4" square tubing bumper.
  2. Reinforced the bumper to frame connection.
  3. Replaced the light 4" square tubing with heavier tubing.
  4. Added a receiver hitch. (I don't tow with it.)
I can now quickly add and/or remove a receiver style bike rack or a platform rack for my "Advanced Elements" Inflatable Kayaks or what ever else I choose to haul on the platform rack.

I would hesitate to recommend this on a pop up, without considering the ability of the frame to carry the additional weight, plus the "sway" factor for rear weight..
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Another rack Idea

Be sure to pick up good frame areas and then tie in your new angles to the ends of the original bumper for extra support
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