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Old 09-30-2015, 02:07 PM   #11
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We were told (at the Jayco factory) that the Motorhome bumper is not rated to carry anything. They said to only use a receiver hitch carrier for a spare tire and / or bikes.

There is a receiver hitch carrier that will allow you to carry a mounted spare tire, and still tow a boat, toad, or mount a bike rack!

Roadmaster Spare Tire Carrier with 2" Receiver - Bike, Tire & Cargo - Carriers, Tie Downs & Trailer Organization - Towing & Automotive
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Old 09-30-2015, 02:33 PM   #12
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Hmmmm, interesting that Jayco Customer Service replied to an email inquiry that the bumper was strong enough, the contact our dealer had at Jayco also replied that it was strong enough, but the Jayco Factory says no.
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Kayleys Mom, when we were at the factory service center with our unit, we asked about it. They said that because the bumper is no longer welded on, but just bolted on, it would not take the weight of a mounted spare tire (around a hundred pounds).

They said that if we wanted, we could have extra supports welded on, but they wouldn't recommend altering the structure while the unit was under warranty.

But, if you have it in writing from Jayco that the bumper on your unit will take that kind of load, then why not. Just remember that it has to be centered, so that there isn't an asymmetrical load on the bumper support structure.

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Thanks very much for that additional information. We're not really big risk takers, so I think we are going to stay away from the bumper mount.
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