Jay Feather x213
So we just got back from a trip the week leading to Thanksgiving day. Prior to the trip I decided to go ahead and mount a bike rack to the bumper (allen sports deluxe+ locking bike rack) so we can bring our kids bikes along in case they want to ride around the campground. advertised as 24lbs.
I also wanted to make sure that if we were at a campground we would have an extra tank to empty grey water because we (as a family of 6) haven't mastered limiting our water usage just yet. So I added a 36 gallon camco rhino tank and mount that I installed horizontally behind the bike rack. advertised weight 50lbs.
Also installed is a spare tire that came with the x213 which I am guessing is max 70lbs.
so we are at 144lbs, plus the 3 bikes. one is a small 16" (26lbs), one is a 20" (35lbs) , and the last is a 26" mountain bike (35lbs)
So I think that is about 340lbs +/-.
I'm pretty sure that advertised weight limit is 400 lbs for the bumper, which I was thinking was pretty conservative but probably kept low because they wanted to keep people from towing or adding large/heavy items on the back.
HOWEVER. We made a trip into Black Mesa State Park in the panhandle of Oklahoma and there is a somewhat nasty cattleguard at the entrance to the campground. We did hit it a little harder than I planned but it wasn't anything I assumed would be over the top. We continued on to our site located probably less than 1/8th mile ahead and started to back in, and that's when I checked my mirror and noticed the bike wheels were on the ground.
I hopped out thinking the bike rack had somehow released and tilted down, but boy was I wrong! The whole bumper had ripped away from the mounts and was hanging by a small sliver on each side. Apparently the jolt from the cattleguard was enough twist on that bumper to rip holes in the mount locations. Was sure fun removing all of that hardware in camp, finding a new place to travel with all of the items and mounts, and then disposing of the trashed bumper in the camp dumpster.
Just take my warning that the standard bumpers on a TT aren't meant to carry weight past maybe the spare tire.
Would not recommend a bike rack or spare waste tank loaded on the bumper either.
Now on to replacing that bumper...
Anyone know a legit way to upgrade the bumper so that this doesnt happen again? Or am I just relegated to finding a new solution to transporting bikes and a tank?