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Old 03-01-2010, 11:48 AM   #1
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Has anyone found a RV Bumper Hitch Receiver that will fit a Sunset Trail?

I have found this one, and really like it, but because of the way the bumper goes under the body of my SST, I am afraid I won't have enough clearance to mount it on.

Trying to add a bike rack to the back.

I like these two, please let me know if you have either on your Sunset Trail.

http://reviews.northerntool.com/0394/125576/reviews.htm

http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/w...1849_200381849

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Old 03-01-2010, 01:25 PM   #2
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i would stay away from bumper mounted bike racks. i custom made a rack that has two receiver tubes welded to each frame rail.(voids waranty). i also put a "behind the bumper hidden hitch" on my front bumper of my truck. i like that one because i can see the bikes while driving. other members will chime in. this topic has been covered a few times.
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Where did you find the hidden hitch for the "front" of the truck? Website?

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Old 03-01-2010, 11:39 PM   #4
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I would go with the front one if possible - it is probably more owrk that a bolt on bumper hitch. I did have one on my ST, with no problems. I only had two full sized bikes on it at a time.
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Old 03-02-2010, 03:50 AM   #5
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I purchased a bolt on bumper receiver (around $25) from Camping World back in '05 to use on a Dutchmen trailer. Worked like a charm, never a problem. Transferred the receiver to my ST30BH bumper (same model and year as yours), put my Yamaha rack and two bikes on and went on a trip thinking if it worked on my Dutchmen it'll work on my Sunset Trail. First trip out, the torque of the bikes bouncing back there bent the thin walled bumper downward. Others have posted similar experiences. I talked to a welder who removed the bumper, noting it had cracked, and he then welded 4" X 8" X 1/4" steel plates on the side of the bumper where it meets the frame and also on top of the bumper at that same location, then welded the bumper back on. To quote him, "You won't have a problem with your bikes and spare back there again". Went on a 5,500 mile trip last fall during which I encountered many spots of rough road and road repair which gave the bumper a good test. Survived solid as a rock. The fix cost $185. Am leaving Friday for 8 weeks in CA, & AZ confidently with bikes on the back. Definitely would NOT recommend putting anything on your bumper without some form of reinforcement.
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Thanks for that info. That really helps. I think I will try to find a front mount hitch for my truck and go that route.

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Old 03-02-2010, 04:08 AM   #7
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Just looked on Camping World's web site and found something similar to what I bought back in '05. Search under RV 4" Bumper Adapter. Now $29.99. I mounted it to the underside of the bumper with no problems. Was wondering at first due to limited space between bumper and trailer body but was able to get wrenches in all the right places. Has always worked great with my rack.



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An interesting concept for a front receiver hitch is by Bodiak. Connects to your front tow hooks. Here's a link Click Here
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i only paid $124 delivered. it goes behind the bumper and the receiver comes out where the license plate is. so i removed my license plate bracket and i made a receiver tube w/ a piece of steel plate that i bolted my license plate to. it looks stock. check the site and see if they make one for your truck. http://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Hitc...cleid=20001046 my tow hooks go through the holes of the hitch, and its all hidden behind the bumper.Edited by: spinella
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After reading through the concerns of the bumper- bike hitch issue we were concerned as well. I have made plans to fix or reinforce ours as well. But in the interm- i removed the spare tire set-up (placing the tire in a storage compartment) to save some weight. I hauled the 200+ miles over the weekend with a bike rack- 2 adult, 2 childrens bikes with no issues what so ever.

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The front hitch sounds like an interesting way to go.

Are there any vision issues with handlebars or spokes blocking your line of site?



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Boo,

Someone posted a reply to a similar thread a while back for a rack that mounts on the front of the trailer- where the propane tanks "should be". It was a little pricey, but looks cool. BTW, is your Ford a half-ton? If so, how does it pull your TT? I am asking because we wil be moving to Florida soon, and I am thinking of getting rid of my truck and pulling the SST with my wife's Tahoe. Being in WA with the mountains and all, we needed the diesel, but I am definitely not against getting something different.



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If you put a hitch on the front of your truck make sure your bikes don't cover your headlights or single lights. I got a warning and had to relocate one of my bikes.
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Jim,
Do you have a website link to the bike rack your talking about?

Also, my F-150 does okay as long as I user the 93 octane gas. I also put in a STP "Jet Fuel" octane booster with each tankful while towing. May sound silly, but it changes the towing RPM from around 2800 to 2300, and makes a world of difference towing on the hills and mountains. I also installed a roadmaster active suspension and use a Equal-i-zer brand anti sway hitch. The RAM and the EQ were huge improvements. Definitely look at those products.

I would like a diesel, but they are pricey. I want one as much for the motor brake as I do the power. What kind of diesel are you selling?

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Right now I pull with my 2000 Superduty. I am sure I won't get rid of it until I get to Fl around April. Here is the link to the bike rack.



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I have a 26 bh. I removed the spare tire and bracket to save on some weight. i then mounted a standard receiver hitch and bike rack. I put 2 adult bikes and 2 children bikes. I have not had any issues. As a good ins policy i could see maybe adding some weld underneath once the kids move into heavier bikes but for now the stock welds seem fine
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