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Old 06-03-2015, 04:02 PM   #1
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Scuba gear drying rack

Installed a hitch on the back bumper to hold a "Gear rack". First off I know the bumper won't hold anything. But the one on the Sport, which I have is rated for 100lbs to allow for the spare tire. It doesn't weigh 100lbs. I have no intention of tow with it set up but the receiver will stay attached. I decided to use a bolt on style cause I was worried about welding next to wood and other flammable stuff. I tipped the receiver upside down to allow for the very low ground clearance inherent to this model. I also had to place an aluminum plate inside the hitch as my bumper is to narrow. I used some scrap I had laying around and we shall see if it works or if I will have to get another plate and cut it to fit. I used aluminum to avoid the rust. I will have to keep an eye on this. I originally put it in the center but the bumper is just too flimsy to support the rack with gear on it. So I mounted it on the side next to the support and it's pretty solid right there, even with about 50lbs of gear hanging on it. The rack is a truck bed extender I got cheap from Harbor Freight. The receiver weighs about twice what the extender does. I had to move and cut about 8 inches off of my sewer hose tube. Hose still fit. I also see the receiver holding a grill or table etc.

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Old 06-03-2015, 04:05 PM   #2
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Old 06-03-2015, 05:41 PM   #3
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Looks good. For a laundry rack it should do great.
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Old 06-03-2015, 05:45 PM   #4
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Had to do a little more substantial since this is going to hold quit a bit of weight. Ones in the camping stores just were not sturdy enough. What's pictured is Only about half the gear. I'll have to remove the weights before hanging the stuff up.
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Old 06-03-2015, 08:29 PM   #5
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Nice Job! Good place to hang your BCD and wet suits.
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