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trailernovice

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Posted: 12/01/20 02:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

First things first....I'm not posting this to antagonize the 'haters' but in hopes of bringing further light to the issue

Despite the warnings all over this forum, I mounted a bike rack to the trailer 4"x4" square tube bumper...it's the cheap 'two bicycle' rack that surrounds the spare tire...I've used this bike rack since 2010, on four different trailers, with no problems...

I convinced myself that the real issue wasn't the weight itself, but the torqueing action of the bikes levering up and down independently of the movement of the trailer...to alleviate this, I web-strapped the upper bar of the bike rack to the trailer itself...figured I had it licked

You see where this story is going....

Rolling along the interstate last Sunday, I get startled people passing mean who are all pointing at me and mouthing the word 'BIKES'...so I pull over...

What do I see? (drum roll please).....

The bumper has failed...however, not in the usual 'the welds snapped' way...instead, the metal of the bumper peeled open from the inside top at each side of each frame rail to about 2 inches down the back side...the bumper was still on the trailer, but now (because the back side tore open) at an angle where the bikes were on the ground...

The whole bumper could have snapped off, sending bikes and steel tumbling down the highway...wreaking who knows how much carnage behind me for anyone who ran it over

Clearly, the immediate cause was the bike rack....upon looking, however, the bumper was rusting from the inside out--undoubtedly from storing a wet, nasty sewer hose in it...weakened structure could have been partially to blame

Takeways
1.) Despite my own inflated sense of smarts, turns out I DON'T know everything
2.) Should have heeded warnings of those with more knowledge and experience
3.) Even if convenient, better to find an alternative to the bumper for sewer-hose storage
4.) Just because you've got away with a dangerous practice for a long time doesn't mean it won't come up and bite at some point


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MikeDupont

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Posted: 12/01/20 03:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for posting that. Note made to always air out the bumper after using and storing sewer hose in it.

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Posted: 12/01/20 03:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You have joined the BTDT (Been There Done That) club, very few come out of the closet on this club, they are out there but will not acknowledge the mistake and will blame everything else.

And, yes, the WELDS are far stronger than the sheet metal and what you have seen is normal failure mode of the lighter sheet metal ripping away from the heavier weld bead and frame.

Best to learn, fix and don't repeat the same mistake.

What I have noticed is others who have not yet had a failure refuse to believe that it can and does happen..

I am done preaching to those on this forum who refuse to believe they are doing something that has the potential to kill others and hopefully I never have to dodge THEIR bumper and bikes..

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Posted: 12/01/20 03:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Amazing,,,, you got there without a ,,,,,,,
"Hey Yall,,,,, Watch this"
Thats what usually precedes major ooopsies down here.
Glad all worked out well,,,,, less a few hundred bucks.

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MikeDupont wrote:

Thanks for posting that. Note made to always air out the bumper after using and storing sewer hose in it.


bumper end caps should have holes in them to allow it to dry inside, But just about any metal will rust after 8 or 9 years.


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An example of why I don’t follow RVs with rear bumper mounted bike racks.


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Yep, watched my BIL's twist off while following him on an annual trip.....destroyed both bikes.
Wife called and said " you're bikes are dragging the road "....to late.

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I must add in that the inside of the "bumper" is not painted more than a few inches from each end. If that. That rust that starts way before delivery is what turns stinky slinkys into lawn sprinklers. A length of vinyl fence post or an actual sewer hose storage tube will greatly extend the life of the hose.


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Posted: 12/01/20 07:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Terryallan wrote:

MikeDupont wrote:

Thanks for posting that. Note made to always air out the bumper after using and storing sewer hose in it.


bumper end caps should have holes in them to allow it to dry inside, But just about any metal will rust after 8 or 9 years.


OP stated 'had used this bike rack in 4 different trailers since 2010;
NOT the age of current trailer which signature shows 2019


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Nv Guy

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Posted: 12/01/20 08:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Aside from the interior rust issue, a good part of this argument is because bumper quality varies wildly. Some bumpers are just better metal & heavier gauge- This is why sometimes it works, sometimes not.
End result, unless one knows the gauge /quality/ condition of their bumper don't depend on it to support a load.

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