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Old 01-21-2013, 10:45 AM   #1
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Bike rack on rear bumper

Hello everyone,

We have a 2010 19H.

Would like to add a Thule 2 bike carrier to the rear bumper, but the bumper is not very robust!

This carrier has a standard 2 inch receiver.

Has anyone beefed up the bumper, or added a receiver to the frame?

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Old 01-21-2013, 11:05 AM   #2
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Btm,

Welcome to JOF.

This has been discussed here before, not too long ago in-fact. I've transported bike on the rear of my RVs before, but didn't like it. On my last trailer(5er) I installed one, but removed it after a couple trips. I didn't like the fact of it being mounter to the poorly welded bumper.
If I had to do it again, I'd have to go with this hitch.

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Old 01-21-2013, 01:40 PM   #3
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I had a hitch welded to the rear of my Jayco as I also didn't like the idea of the weak bumper carrying any weight. The shop added two crossbeams perpendicular to the frame rails and then added the receiver tube. The entire thing is gusseted and the welds are excellent. I use mine to tow a pwc, but would not hesitate to throw a bike rack or just a standard cargo rack on if needed.

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Old 01-21-2013, 08:33 PM   #4
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We had the same problem. Solution was to have receiver installed on front of truck. Rack is a swagman. Works great with no worries of anything happening to the bikes or the TT.
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:49 PM   #5
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I would only have a new receiver welded to your existing trailer frame. Don't use the bumper to mount anything.
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Old 01-21-2013, 10:17 PM   #6
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We have a 2” hitch welded to the frame members on ours. It works great!

The square tube bumper is only tack welded on and is made of very light material. Do NOT install a bike rack to it, or you will be replacing your bumper, due to broken welds or due to twisted metal.


A good welding shop can set you up nicely.
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Agreed. The square tube "bumper" is only useful to store your sewer hose. And as for protection, well, it probably will protect against bicycles denting your trailer's rear wall, but not a whole lot more.
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im looking at pulling the crappy rear bumper off my 26bh and having it replaced and properly welded this year. because i bent the crap out of it when i had a bolt on hitch on my bumper had to pull everything off the bumper halfway in our move across canada only lasted 300 kms if that. ah well live and learn glad i spotted it before something happend
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Btm,Welcome to JOF.
This has been discussed here before, not too long ago in-fact. I've transported bike on the rear of my RVs before, but didn't like it. On my last trailer(5er) I installed one, but removed it after a couple trips. I didn't like the fact of it being mounter to the poorly welded bumper.
If I had to do it again, I'd have to go with this hitch.
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I have a hitch mounted on our Eagle 322FKS trailer very much like the one you mention except the female bracket is on top of the plate. We've hauled out two bikes to Florida twice and all over the place. Never had any problems. Others have mentioned problems but I figured that bumper holds my full size spare very easily.
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Check the bumper welds often and good luck!
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