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Old 04-11-2015, 05:59 PM   #1
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Rear Bumper Support Bracket-Thoughts?

Good Afternoon all,

Any thoughts or experience with this product 4SQUARE™ SafetyStruts) (to support the rear bumper on the travel trailer. I want to carry my bike rack on the back but don't want the hassle of trying to find someone to weld.


[url=http://www.mount-n-lock.com/products/4square-safetystruts]Safely Strengthen Your RV Bumper With 4SQUARE SafetyStruts
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Based on my conversation with JAYCO the support needs to connect to the cross frame at the rear of the TT (not the 2 frame extensions that connect to the tube bumper) in order to make it sturdy. The bulk of the weight need to be on the bracket that is mounted to the cross frame. Based on that, my neighbor and I welded together a bracket that is bolted to the rear cross frame, the tube bumper and TOTALLY supports the rear bumper. There is NO noticeable movement with the 2 bikes on the rack for travel. I will post some pictures tomorrow when the sun comes up.

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Mustang please do post some pic's wanting to do something to be able to put a 2" receiver so as to add a bike rack on the rear bumper for 2 bikes! Thanks!!!
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In San Antonio how much hassle would that be? I would just find someone to weld a proper receiver.
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Old 04-12-2015, 01:36 PM   #5
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Mustang please do post some pic's wanting to do something to be able to put a 2" receiver so as to add a bike rack on the rear bumper for 2 bikes! Thanks!!!
Per your request, here are the pictures and a copy of the plans that I used to make our rear bike rack bracket. Before you use the plans, check the measurements against your TT. It took us about 4 hours (all morning) to cut the metal (using air tools), drill all the holes, weld it together, primer it , paint it and mount it. I cost about $60 for all the parts (bolts, 4 pieces of 4" steel pipe and scrap metal.

We built and mounted it about 3 days prior to us leaving for the summer. My original plan was to sand blast it and take it in to have powder coated prior to mounting it, but there was not enough time. Now looking at it I am going to remove it sand blast it and take it in for the powder coating.

We had the 2 bikes on it and my 200 pounds standing on the bike rack... no movement. Most of the support is on the TT's cross brace (no flexing) and the bumper keep it stable.

You can not see it, but there is also a support plate on the back side of the TT's cross brace for added strength. It is in the plans.

As you can see I am a DIY kinda guy...

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Thanks for the pics
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I'm looking to take my bikes with me this summer on my 2015 28BHS. I found this Curt brand 2" RV bumper hitch.


Curt RV Bumper 2" Trailer Hitch Receiver Curt Specialty Trailer Hitches E-100


Anyone have any feedback on these?
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I'm looking to take my bikes with me this summer on my 2015 28BHS. I found this Curt brand 2" RV bumper hitch.


Curt RV Bumper 2" Trailer Hitch Receiver Curt Specialty Trailer Hitches E-100


Anyone have any feedback on these?
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Old 06-24-2015, 06:04 PM   #9
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i put the same hitch on my bumper, but I also added these supports to my bumper.
https://www.mount-n-lock.com/product...e-safetystruts
Haven't had a problem...hopefully non to come


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I have one and don't use it. The stress from a weight on the rear bumper will break the welds that hold the thin metal to the frame.

Disaster waiting to happen!
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Mustang 65,

I see the pics. They look great and sturdy but I do not see the copy of the plans. Did you take them down?
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I thought about the 4SQUARE SafetyStruts, too. But every picture I have seen on the web of a failed rear bumper carrying bikes, shows that the bumper tore loose from the top of the tube extensions.

Seems to me the weakest part of these addon brackets is the top outer tip. If they were installed upside down, then the stronger L shaped part of the bracket would help to prevent the top of the bumper from being ripped outward.

But then there wouldn't be any support under the bumper. So, then I thought, 2 pairs of brackets, one top, one bottom. Now up to $130+ and the extensions for the bumper could still rip loose from the cross member... seems like Mustang65 has the best solution.
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Mustang 65,

I see the pics. They look great and sturdy but I do not see the copy of the plans. Did you take them down?
Look into these: http://www.mount-n-lock.com/products...-safetystruts]

They do work when properly attached. Also you should mount any rack near them. Yes the bumpers can pull apart, but a properly attached receiver should have no issue when attached to a properly supported bumper.
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I have the Mount-N-Lock system and I have not had any problens whatsoever. I do have a bike rack and I carry 1 bike.
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I wonder if a lot of the problem using a receiver is the constant vibration? Most are a pretty loose fit and metal vibrating like that fatigues. I wonder what the results would be if you isolated the vibration?

Just a thought

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Look into these: http://www.mount-n-lock.com/products...-safetystruts]

They do work when properly attached. Also you should mount any rack near them. Yes the bumpers can pull apart, but a properly attached receiver should have no issue when attached to a properly supported bumper.
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Have you looked at the Lippert bike rack? It's called Jack-It. It mounts up front where your jack is mounted. It will hold two bikes. Ive got one on our trailer and I really like it!
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Does your trailer have the mounting brackets on the frame for the Jayco rear hitch? If so, that might be the best and cheapest option.
Here is the link to a thread about it, with pictures near the end of the thread. I ordered mine through my dealer, only cost $200. Money well spent in my opinion.
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Try this.

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Jayco X23b bike mount

Here a is design I made up that used the existing bolt pattern on the frame. I took these drawings to a fabrication shop and had them make it up for me. Cost was $265.00.
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