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Old 06-12-2013, 01:27 PM   #1
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Default Bumper support Bike Rack

I have a 2004 Hi-lo 22' towlite trailer with a 4" bumper. Will the bumper support a bike rack or will I need to reinforce it. I would like to haul my 2 bikes around.

Please let me know. Thanks.. Ken
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Yes, it will. I've carried two bikes on my trailer's bumper with a bumper rack.

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Yes, it will. I've carried two bikes on my trailer's bumper with a bumper rack.

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Is this in addition to a spare wheel/tire or are you carrying bikes only?
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It's in addition to the bumper spare tire. The rack attaches "around" the bumper. No drilling of the bumper is required. I carried two mountain bikes on it with no difficulty and drove over a VERY rough dirt road (about 10 miles worth) on our first trip with the bikes.

This is the kind I have: RV Bumper 2 Bike Rack for Around the Spare Tire - Swagman Around the Spare Mighty Rack Swagman RV and Motorhome Bike Racks S80500 I had to cut slots in the aluminum lid that folds down over the storage area in front of the bumper so that it would close over the attachment u-bolts, but other than that, installation was simple.

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Thanks Jack.

I asked because I was curious if the bumper can support a bike rack, two bikes, a spare tire carrier, and the spare. Your experience shows that it can. I already have a bike rack that attaches to a square trailer hitch receiver. I may get a receiver that mounts to the bumper and use my existing rack.
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I would be afraid to put a receiver on the bumper for a bike rack. There would a lot of stress concentrated into a small area. The bike rack mentioned above spreads the stress out and all around the bumper. I'm not an engineer, just theorizing. If you can mount it to the frame rather than the bumper it may be stronger.
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I think that it will work OK. The bumper itself is pretty stout. I am concerned about the welds at each end.
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I guess what I was getting at was concern for the gauge of the metal in the bumper and what it can hold. Or something like that.
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Rich is correct, the guage of steel is rather thin if a bumper hitch is welded to it, I have welded alot of steel before, even with the lowest setting on the wdlder, you can poke holes in the thin steel, a better place is the frame and maybe couple of tack welds at the bumper, however with the box shape of bumper it has a lot of strenght with 4 sides if a bike rack wraps around it.
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Perhaps one of these may work: etrailer.com - Specialty Trailer Hitches Products trailer bumper
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