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Old 04-04-2015, 08:20 AM   #1
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Anybody using SafetyStruts on 4"bumper?

Understanding the 100 lb. limitations of my 4" rear bumper, I want to mount a bike rack. Already has the spare mounted. Saw a product called SafetyStruts by Mount-n-lock for $48 on Amazon. Has anybody tried them and what do you think, will it really allow 400 lbs. as advertised? I don't want to lose my load while going down the highway. lol Thanks.
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Old 04-04-2015, 08:27 AM   #2
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Ummh...looks like it would help some. If you are planning on keeping your RV take it to a welding shop and have them weld a receiver to the frame. Or, something along that line.
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Old 04-04-2015, 08:32 AM   #3
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The subject of them have come up a few time. Have not heard of anyone on the forum actual using them. Personally I would do some research, talk to a welding shop and ask their advice, before installing them. For about $300-$400 you can have a welding shop build and install a custom 2" receiver hitch.
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Jagiven, I see you have a 23B did you have one welded to your frame? How do you like it if you did. I have a 23J and am concerned about the bouncing that goes on back there.
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I have a 2014 32BHDS that I had a local welding shop add a reciever to the rear. As most will tell you, the added weight and bouncing will tear off your bumper. It cost me $375. Here are some pictures.
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When we ordered our 32BHDS we spent the extra $150.00 and had the factory bike tray added to our order. Been up to Maine and down to Disney carrying 3 bikes and had no issues.
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When we ordered our 32BHDS we spent the extra $150.00 and had the factory bike tray added to our order. Been up to Maine and down to Disney carrying 3 bikes and had no issues.
I wish I had made that purchase when I bought mine. They didn't have one on the lot. I wanted one after the purchase, but then they wanted $750+.
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Seems to me that $50 for a couple of sturdy brackets that seem to do the trick would be a better bet than $300-$400 for a receiver hitch welded to the frame, but that's just me. Looking at the site, they have good reviews and a good return policy. I ordered a set.
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Old 04-07-2015, 09:07 AM   #9
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Hey Cheesy- Glad you ordered a set. I'm not ready to spend $300 either, then add the hitch and bike rack. Let us know how it goes and what you think, with pics. Will you then mount a tray or bike rack? How much weight do you expect to carry on that bumper? Thanks.
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Hmmmm. I paid my dealer $60 to mount a bumper hitch to hold a bike rack. They said I could safely put two bicycles on a bike rack, but no more weight than that. My frame is accessible and hitch-ready, if I want to add one for a tray. But this discussion makes me wonder if I can safely attach two bikes and a bike rack back there. (My spare tire is mounted below the trailer.)

Anyone have any thoughts on this?
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