Rear bumper bike rack help

Discussion in 'Cargo Carriers / Bike Racks / Other Storage Option' started by JoekBert, Jun 10, 2020.

  1. JoekBert

    JoekBert New Member

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    Hi friends. Our 1988 Starcraft Starmate had this brown rack/bars c-bolted to the rear bumper when we got it. Was this for a bike rack? Something else? Or could it become a bike rack? Ideas on how I can adapt what’s here? Or is there a simpler solution with just a hitch adapter that can attach to the bumper for a typical bike rack attachment? Thanks, and happy camping everyone!
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    xxxapache Well-Known Member

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    Looks homemade.

    I believe if you were to try and put a bike rack on that bumper, you would twist it.
     
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    There are many bike carriers for popups. My favorite is the ProRac https://www.prorac.com/tenttrailerpro.php. As for the back bumper, Do not put any weight on it. They are not meant to support anything other than a spare tire.
     
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    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    I agree with xxxApache I would not trust that except for maybe an empty gray water container or some really light chairs.
    Sure as heck wouldn't trust that bumper to support bikes. Even if you were to bolt on a hitch to the frame of the camper you may find once you add the bikes it could cause your whole set up to sway unless you compensate by adding an equal amount of tongue weight.
     
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    Remove it and toss it in a scarp metal pile..
     
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    The whole thing is kinda flimsy so I’m inclined to do so...
     
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    Good spot for an empty tote, nothing more. I only store my 3 step ladder on the rear bumper, use the ladder to get the bikes off the roof.
     
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    What is the top angle bolted into with those tek screws?

    Do you have a welder and torches or a plasma cutter, and know how to use em? If you wanted to take a bunch more pictures, take a lot of measurements, and buy some steel I could tell you how to reinforce that so you could hang half a dozen bikes back there, maybe even a 100 qt cooler full of beer. It would be way easier though if you were just to tote it here to PA for an afternoon. Just don't forget the 100qt cooler of beer. [:D]
     
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    The screws are just into a small plane of wood that serves as a bumper for the plate and back wall of the camper. It looks like previous owner tried some liquid nails or something to make it stick, but it has separated and now just kind of bounces with a 1/4” gap. I don’t have the equipment or know how for the welding, sorry. But the beer part I have lots of practice with!
     
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    LOL...............Liquid Nails.............Glue...............Strong Stuff.

    The previous owner was a toolbag. Liquid Nails is what you lay concrete blocks with.
     
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    To me it looks like something that an empty grey water tote could be strapped to. I wouldn't put any bikes back there, that bumper is way too weak, and transporting bikes on the rear often causes issues with towing and sway.
     
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    Liquid nails is also good for dentures. So I hear...
     
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