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Old 04-14-2013, 04:50 PM   #1
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Rear Bike Rack/Storage for 2013 Whitehawk 28DSBH?

Does anyone have any idea if it is ok to mount a bike rack or tray to the back bumper of the Whitehawk trailers? If so, any suggestions for what type?
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Old 04-19-2013, 01:12 PM   #2
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I am interested in this answer also. Anybody know?
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:04 AM   #3
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I honestly don't know, but, you may want to call Jayco Customer Service and ask them.
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Old 04-24-2013, 03:38 PM   #4
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I would not do it

I researched the same question when I purchased my Whitehawk. The bumpers are not reinforced enough to handle the weight of bicycles bouncing up and down as you go down the road. If you do a little digging you will find incidents and photos of bike racks that broke the bumper off in mid-trip. Some dragged the bikes down the road on a hanging bumper, some just dropped the bumper and bikes in the road. Just my two cents, but I would not do it unless you go to a welder and have them reinforce the bumper.
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Old 04-24-2013, 04:25 PM   #5
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Consider a receiver and bike rack on the front of the TV. It works well for us.
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The majority of comments I've seen about people installing a bike rack on the bumper is negative. And when I say negative, I'm talking about the bumper either completely twitsting, falling off or whatever. Not good!

The suggested course of action is to physically weld an actual receiver to the frame of the TT and then use a bike rack.
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Often discussed. When I researched it I came up with 3 options, all require welding.

1) Weld a frame to frame receiver on the rear of your TT.
2) Cut off and repalce the factory bumber with a heavy guage steel version that is fully welded and supported to the TT frame
3) Take you chances with the thin guage steel bumper, but have additonal support welded between it and the frame and ensure the current welds aren't just tack welded.

I went with #1, found a local shop that maked cusotmer receivers for TT. Cost me $275
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Often discussed. When I researched it I came up with 3 options, all require welding.

1) Weld a frame to frame receiver on the rear of your TT.
2) Cut off and repalce the factory bumber with a heavy guage steel version that is fully welded and supported to the TT frame
3) Take you chances with the thin guage steel bumper, but have additonal support welded between it and the frame and ensure the current welds aren't just tack welded.

I went with #1, found a local shop that maked cusotmer receivers for TT. Cost me $275
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Our dealer welded a receiver to the rear frame and bumper so a standard 2" bike rack could be used. I wouldn't just use a bike rack secured to the bumper only.
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:52 AM   #10
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Hey Guys,
This is taken directly from page 115 of the owners manual...

Do not add items to the RV rear bumper. Add-on items will eventually
damage your bumper. Damage caused by such aftermarket equipment
installation or improper loading voids the Towable Limited Warranty.The rear bumper of your RV is not designed to carry cargo. Items that extend
beyond the bumper OR weigh over 100 lbs. (45kg) will place undo strain on the
bumper.
The 100 lb. bumper capacity includes the weight of the spare tire that may have
been attached at the factory.
NOTE: Some items may fall within the given weight range, however, can still
cause damage. Over time, weight added to the bumper will cause damage from
the motion created while traveling. In addition, extra weight behind the axle may
reduce the hitch weight (leading to adverse handling conditions from wind gusts
and/or passing traffic).

If I ever put one on I would weld it directly to the frame as mentioned above.
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