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Old 06-23-2014, 11:55 AM   #1
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Rear Bumper Carrying weight Capacity

Hello, I have a 2012 Eagle Super Lite 314BDS and I hate carrying all our bikes inside the camper while traveling, they have already scratched some of the wood work. I was looking for recommendations on bike racks and also wondering on the carrying weight of the rear bumper is I purchased one that attaches to the rear bumper. Thanks for your help.
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Old 06-23-2014, 12:05 PM   #2
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I would feel comfortable with one bike on the rear bumper. As long as it was a rack that held it close to the bumper and not out and away. And even, that is only if you don't already have the spare tire on it. Rear bumpers are good for sewer hose storage and not much else.
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I paid a reputable welding shop $150 to add some additional supports to the rear bumper. Without a doubt, my back bumper is strong. I carry 4 bikes in it, and it does very well.

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Last month I paid a local custom hitch shop $300 to build a custom fit frame to frame supported 2" receiver. I have done this on both my current and previous trailer. Worth every penny.
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Old 06-25-2014, 02:57 AM   #5
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I believe that the "static load" weight limit of the 4" square bumper is 100lbs, maybe 150lbs.

IMO if adding a bike rack to the rear HTT or TT bumper, I would have the bumper reinforced as mentioned in prior posts, even if the weight is within the bumper's specified maximum weight limit. Bike racks tend to flex and bounce around a lot putting stress on the thin gauge material of the existing 4" square bumper.

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This thread has me rethinking plans. I was thinking of mounting a TT propane cylinder rack to one side of my rear tube bumper of my fifth wheel so I could carry two spare propane cylinders. Now I will have to think about modifying the bumper yo handle the weight. Thanks for the info.
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I would hate to be rear ended if I were you.

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This thread has me rethinking plans. I was thinking of mounting a TT propane cylinder rack to one side of my rear tube bumper of my fifth wheel so I could carry two spare propane cylinders. Now I will have to think about modifying the bumper yo handle the weight. Thanks for the info.
Check regulations, too. I couldn't find tank transporting laws for the US - but in this (2002 dated) Canada document - you're required to add "substantial impact protection" if mounted on the rear (pg. 8)

http://www.apollopropane.com/pdf/RVSafetyTips.pdf
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Have a new X18D and looked at bumper bike racks. Read somewhere that doing ANYTHING to the bumper negates any warranty. Bought a couple folding bikes ($150 ea) that fit nicely in the truck bed. Good luck!
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Being Rear ended in any Trailer is a disaster. Gasoline is vary volatile too.

The Canadian document only says it sugests a substantial bumper behind the Cylinders. As far as I know there is no law against carrying a propane cylinder out back in America. Any way I wouldn't do it on the freeway, only too my boondock camp.
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