Storage space issue(s) addressed
Pretty much got my storage project(s) allmost wrapped up.
Since I bought the pup over a yr ago Ive been trying to sort out how to maximize the space available to haul gear for setup and teardown . Most of what we needed took up a lot of space in the truck, and required considerable time packing and unpacking when we decided to head out.
I wanted to be able put all the gear somewhere and leave it with the camper ......
My 1st idea was when I added the front Carlson RV front cargo tray last fall to haul my generator, but due to the configuration of the pup's front hitch I was unable to use all the mounting/bracing hardware, so I ended up using a small ridgid tote to put gear in.
Unfortunately, it wasn't big enough to haul some of the gear/accessories we needed
So this weekend, with the help of a co-worker, I put his awesome fabrication skills to work and welded in a new 2" hitch receiver with Y-reinforcement from 13/16" - 1 1/2" angle iron to my existing rear bumper and main boxed camper frame.
The pup has a really light- weight bumper so any aftermarket 2" receiver bolt-on was not an option.
After that he helped me install my new cargo carrier/cargo box combo. Secured with a hitch stabilizer and a little paint.....
Was glad to see that is doesn't move...at all. The whole objective was to make sure there wasn't any "bounce" in the assembly....and there isn't.
I not planning on throwing 500lbs in it by any means rest assured to throwing off any towing balance creating unfavorable sway.
The front open 9ft deck still has a ton of room and cargo weight capacity if I only haul one of my 700LB ATVs.
Oh I forgot to mention that I can relocate the box to the front deck if need be and fold up the carrier into a "transport" mode.
So there ya go. Just wanted to share.