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Old 09-12-2016, 05:06 PM   #1
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213RBSL-Has anyone installed a Bumper Cargo Carrier?

Although the 213 has great storage space, I would like to put a 60qt cooler and my Weber 22" Kettle Grill on a bumper mounted cargo carrier. Those big coolers are a pain to put in my truck bed when already connected to the 213 (tailgate won't go down). Plus shifting a little weight to the rear should be a good thing...

Has anyone installed one of these before on a 213? I have read a few horror stories on here about installing something like this and then down the road the bumper metal tears & off comes the bumper. Called Dutchmen, they said I don't know - call the dealer. Called the dealer and they want to weld on a Reese Trailer Receiver for $400-S500 & then you still have to buy the Cargo Carrier?
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Old 09-12-2016, 05:13 PM   #2
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I don't trust standing on my 213 bumper. That has to be the cheesiest, make believe, "bumper" I have ever had mounted to anything on wheels.

(My teardrop has 5X the bumper. Stainless steel to boot)

OK, finally someone got me to bad-mouth my Aerolite.
I feel a bit queasy now.
On record, I LOVE this thing. But I'd be doing me some serious welding\reworking that whole bumper thing if I was going to use it for actually carrying weight. It's gotta be easy enough to do. Just throw some $cash at it.
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First let me say we love ours too! Not bad mouthing it, just have to say I would NOT have engineered it that way. But heck, I've been saying that at work for 22 years

But yes I was laying underneath the 213 yesterday checking out the bumper and how it mounts to the frame and I don't think this could take 200lbs bouncing on it going down the road!

But like you said I may just have to throw some $$ at it and fix that issue. I will let you know what I come up with.
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Old 09-12-2016, 07:41 PM   #4
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Mines been carrying the spare tire and 2 bicycles and a rack that weigh in excess of 150lbs for many trips. I would think a few hundreds pounds should be fine. Especially if the dealer would weld a hitch to it. Get an aluminum cargo rack and go for it!

I want to say my dealer told me 500lbs, but it's been 2 years and a few coolers full of beer since then.
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I just went outside and literally jumped up and down on my bumper, it's very solid.
Maybe they went cheap on the newer ones?

I bolted a receiver to the bumper for the bike rack.

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Thanks Much Dawniewest! Bumper looks about the same as the 2016 213 and the brackets and welding looks to be about the same. I took photos, but have to set up a photo account somewhere to post photos here.. I think I will have to give it a try - after I hoist my big butt up there and bounce around a bit :-)

Thanks again!
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Old 09-12-2016, 08:11 PM   #7
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Although the 213 has great storage space, I would like to put a 60qt cooler and my Weber 22" Kettle Grill on a bumper mounted cargo carrier. Those big coolers are a pain to put in my truck bed when already connected to the 213 (tailgate won't go down). Plus shifting a little weight to the rear should be a good thing...

Has anyone installed one of these before on a 213? I have read a few horror stories on here about installing something like this and then down the road the bumper metal tears & off comes the bumper. Called Dutchmen, they said I don't know - call the dealer. Called the dealer and they want to weld on a Reese Trailer Receiver for $400-S500 & then you still have to buy the Cargo Carrier?
Snakebitten and dealer are right. The only thing I will ever put on my bumper is some thing light, not hanging over the tailend and doesn't rattle or bounce.

You don't want to have a stress fracture drop your cooler, bumper and all in front of that guy, that's tailgating you on the Interstate. If you go back far enough in the threads, you'll find a couple of folks have lost their bikes because of them clamp on receivers and the bouncy bike racks.

My approach has developed in a bit different direction, I started out thinking the receiver and cargo carrier. Bought the cargo carrier, went out and found a reciver that I could bolt on at the wreckers. Got everything together one Saturday, was about to start drilling holes and I just didn't like what I was building. So back off to the drawing board (Lazyboy), I mulled it over for months. Finally the answer jumped out, cut off the bumper, cut off the bumper hangers and them stupid scissor jacks. I'm running rails straight off the frame, through the fascia, mounting an A-framed style deck, then hanging the bumper on the end and sinking the clearance lights in the bumper. Got the steel, got the plan, just not sure if I want to weld it on to the frame or bolt it. Get that figured and my buddy with the big boy welder will weld it up.

Let's see if we can get the 411, I can't remember who it is that has something similar, but it can be swivelled up and locked into place. I think it was one of the AZ or CA members that did it.

What ever you decided, save your self to agrivasion and added cost of the dealer. Find yourself and small local frame and axle shop or cargo trailer builder. They will get you set up properly and you won't have to pay the dealer for sub-contracting the job out.
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I just went outside and literally jumped up and down on my bumper, it's very solid.
Maybe they went cheap on the newer ones?

I bolted a receiver to the bumper for the bike rack.

Dawnie,

Keep watch on the steel around the welds. It takes awhile, but you will eventualy see stress cracks forming in the steel. The welds will usually hold, but the cracks start forming in the steel, right at the edge of the weld.
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Dawnie,

Keep watch on the steel around the welds. It takes awhile, but you will eventualy see stress cracks forming in the steel. The welds will usually hold, but the cracks start forming in the steel, right at the edge of the weld.
I will. If it starts to crack, i'll weld a gusset in there. It has to be able to hold some weight, or they wouldn't make it hollow for the sewer hose.
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I will. If it starts to crack, i'll weld a gusset in there. It has to be able to hold some weight, or they wouldn't make it hollow for the sewer hose.
That's a crappy job to fix, but they eventually rust out. Then you gotta cut the rot out and weld in a new chunk of steel.

If I stored my hose in the bumper, I would either plasticoat it or use a sacrificial zinc strip. I like the zinc strips myself, but they are getting hard to come by in the retail market. But you have one more maintenance item to check and replace the strips as they get depleted.
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