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Old 10-14-2015, 08:05 AM   #11
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I also saw that in the Jayco owner's manual they limit the weight on the back bumper to 100lbs. That is not entirely true. I called Jayco and they told me if you have the welded bumper it can handle 800 to 900 lbs. They just put the generic 100lbs in the owner manual to keep it simple and to keep people from over loading the RV bumper and towing behind the camper.
It actually depends on the trailer model. The weight limit is entirely accurate for Jayfeather Ultralite hybrids (not the SLX however, different frame type entirely).
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Old 10-14-2015, 09:16 AM   #12
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Not sure if I really wanna remove the bike rack. I do use it to carry other small items. Wonder if I could install a receiver with the rack on it. By the sounds of it here that may not even be a good idea to install the receiver.
The way my receiver is fabricated and welded to the frame I-beams on each side, I don't see how you can have both a receiver and bike/cargo tray.

If you are talking about the receiver that mounts to the bumper, then yeah -- it's not a good idea. Properly fabricated and welded receivers are not an issue for bike racks or cargo trays.
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Old 10-14-2015, 09:25 AM   #13
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I also saw that in the Jayco owner's manual they limit the weight on the back bumper to 100lbs. That is not entirely true. I called Jayco and they told me if you have the welded bumper it can handle 800 to 900 lbs. They just put the generic 100lbs in the owner manual to keep it simple and to keep people from over loading the RV bumper and towing behind the camper.
It's interesting that Jayco told you that. I called them as well before I had my hitch fabricated and was tossing around the bumper mounted receiver. They told me in no uncertain terms that my "welded steel" bumper was not built or rated to support more than a 100lbs static load. The dynamic load from bikes extended from the bumper would put way more stress than a 100lbs static load.
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Old 10-14-2015, 10:25 AM   #14
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Anybody got pics of there beefed up factory bumpers?
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Old 10-14-2015, 10:39 AM   #15
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What's a good 4 bike rack for the 2" receiver? My camper has the pre installed receiver hitch and I need just the rack. I've done a lot of reading and a few look good. Suggestions? Thanks
I got a 2" hitch receiver custom fab'd and welded to the TT frame (dealer used a local weld shop to make the receiver). I then bought an "RV-approved" Swagman 4-bike rack from Amazon that has worked well for me so far (Amazon.com : Swagman XP 4-Bike Standard Hitch Mount Rack (2" Receiver) : Automotive Bike Racks : Sports & Outdoors. Rack is super strong and handles bikes well. Don't forget to purchase the optional special cross-bar adapters for any girls bikes/non-standard frame bikes.

Hope that helps.
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I am watching this thread with interest because I had hoped to weld a one inch or two inch receiver on the back bumper , and because I saw that the rear frame member is only 9 or 10 inches away from the steel bumper , I would join the two with the receiver square stock , thus reinforcing the bumper to the frame with an extra middle location (besides the existing bolts) I had hoped to also modify the spare tire attachment and make it into one that fits in the receiver (with lock pin like a hitch). But then just remove the spare tire apparatus , when I want to pull my small aluminum boat behind my trailer ( hitch weight maybe 100 lbs and overall weight with trailer 600 maybe. but now you folks worry me that it is not even made to handle a bike rack. What if I reinforce the bumper bolts to better grade and with receiver joined to frame , that would be more than many a small car has to tow with ....thoughts ???


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I am watching this thread with interest because I had hoped to weld a one inch or two inch receiver on the back bumper , and because I saw that the rear frame member is only 9 or 10 inches away from the steel bumper , I would join the two with the receiver square stock , thus reinforcing the bumper to the frame with an extra middle location (besides the existing bolts) I had hoped to also modify the spare tire attachment and make it into one that fits in the receiver (with lock pin like a hitch). But then just remove the spare tire apparatus , when I want to pull my small aluminum boat behind my trailer ( hitch weight maybe 100 lbs and overall weight with trailer 600 maybe. but now you folks worry me that it is not even made to handle a bike rack. What if I reinforce the bumper bolts to better grade and with receiver joined to frame , that would be more than many a small car has to tow with ....thoughts ???


trailer is 2012 185 SLX and tow vehicle is GMC truck 2014 V8
Not sure about the laws everywhere, but where I live tandem towing is only permissible behind a 5th wheel.
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It is permissible in Ontario Canada, just limited by overall length (so not just 5th wheels) , I am well within those length limits
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