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Old 11-02-2014, 07:50 PM   #1
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Searching for Bumper Mount Cargo Rack

I'm searching for a bumper mount cargo rack, guesstimated at 20-24"X 4-5 feet. My 5th has a 2" receiver with additional metal bracing welded into place. For travel only, my idea is to mount my propane fueled fireplace, estimated at 50 pounds, my Baby Weber propane grill at 10 Pounds, and the two 20# propane bottles on it, so maybe 100 pounds Estimated weight. I also have a spare tire mounted on the bumper and that may create a clearance issue. With my prior bumper pull this wasn't an issue as everything easily fit in the truck bed.

Everything I see online looks like little - or less - cross bracing and so I'm afraid it'd flex and eventually self-destruct from the road vibrations. Any recommendations?

Also, is it OK to carry propane that way? Of course all cargo would be secured so as to not jump off.

Another question, would reflectors be OK or need I put lights on it?

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Old 11-07-2014, 07:26 PM   #2
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No cargo rack opinions or recommendations? Very interesting.

Should I ask this question in another forum (or site)?
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Old 11-07-2014, 09:48 PM   #3
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OK, I'll give it an opinion. I don't know if they will fit the bill, but Harbor Freight has some receiver hitch racks that might fit the requirements.

Common sense tells me that if your cargo interferes with seeing your tail lights you would need lights on the rack. The rack extending a couple feet to the rear shouldn't matter as long as the lights aren't obstructed.

I don't know the law, but I wouldn't want to haul a propane bottle back there to be the first thing hit if someone runs into you.
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Old 11-08-2014, 05:46 AM   #4
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Thank you for the reply.

I'm looking for a strong rack and unfortunately, most everything I've purchased from Harbor Freight has disappointed - so I hadn't considered them.
I won't be blocking the tail-lights so felt additional lights shouldn't be required, but didn't know the laws.
I also figured there'd be some prohibition against storing propane back there. But hey, back there puts it away from me - that's a good thing.

I loaded things up yesterday, pulling out later this morning. Propane is in the bed. Fireplace being left behind - until I find a decent rack to carry it.

Again, thanks for some input.
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Thank you for the reply.

I'm looking for a strong rack and unfortunately, most everything I've purchased from Harbor Freight has disappointed - so I hadn't considered them.
I had one from H F that I used to carry a "Cricket"(mini golf cart) and it worked fine. Also just do a search on Amazon.
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Old 11-08-2014, 09:49 AM   #6
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I bought a 500 pound capacity receiver rack from Northern tool. I loaded my 10 horsepower outboard motor on it, total weight about 150 pounds. I weigh just over 200 pounds and I bounced on the hitch with the motor to make sure it would not fail. Abount 3 miles from the house a car passed me honking and pointing to the back of my 40 foot Pinnacle. The hitch failed and the $1200.00 motor had been dragging on the pavement for about a mile. I guess the torque at the end of the 40 foot fifth wheel exceeded 500 pounds. No more rack for me. I will look for a decent bike rack instead.
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Old 11-16-2014, 07:35 PM   #9
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Finally just decided on one

I fretted over getting a strong rack but without seeing them (nor any specific recommendations) I finally just ordered one. Coincidentally once I decided on one I found I could get it at my WallyWorld.

I'm hoping its a good one and that I won't find it dragging behind my trailer one day.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/SportRack-...-Grey/23578513
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I installed the above mentioned SportRack today, pretty simple assembly. I mistakenly assumed its stated weight (of 67 pounds) was a mistake. No, this thing is heavy - made with substantial steel. I do think it'll be strong enough for the shaking it'll suffer going down the highway.

And it was very well packaged - complete with all needed bolts, washers, fasteners.

I did have to remove the spare tire and rack, I was hoping I could work around it by simple moving it more outward. The tire and rack now reside in the hold. Optionally I could have used a hitch extension but I didn't want to add any additional leverage to it.

Once assembled I did have to slightly file the inside holes so the rack could be pinned in the upright position. It was close (32nd inch?) but no joy.

Too dark for pics - but maybe tomorrow, weather permitting.
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