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tbrsedona
I really don't want them in the front. Both are electric Mt. bikes and I want them protected from the elements.
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jackgomez

has anyone mounted a two bike rack on the back of a 155xl? does it effect the tongue weight or sway or trailer control with weight that far back?

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tbrsedona
We're planning a 5,000 + mile trip and would like to hang at least one bike on the back bumper of our 2017 177SE. Plan on using this reinforcement brackets (https://www.mount-n-lock.com/mnl-cargo-products/4square-safetystruts-prevent-bumper-failure) and a curt heavy duty receiver (CURT 19100 Travel Trailer Bumper Mount Hitch 4 In Square Bumper) for a total weight with two bikes, Thule T2 Pro-2 carrier and receiver of 160lbs.

Does anyone know the thickness of the bumper? Has anyone tried a similar setup or have any experience with the reinforcement brackets?

Thanks.

So, I checked out the bumper setup and it is stronger than I thought. It's welded on three sides to the frame on each side and is 1/16" thick. Good news, seems pretty stout. Bad news, the reinforcement brackets won't work because the stabilizer plates are in he way. Think I might just carry the bike rack there and put the bikes inside. If I were to carry any bikes there I would relocate the spare.
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mtbikermark
These are pricy but can hold up to 225lbs This is what we plan on using. Just found out yesterday that 180R arrived
https://www.upnfront.com

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Tom
@ jackgomez

I have a 155, not the XL, with two bikes on the back.
Yes, it effects tongue weight.
No, it doesn't increase sway;
in fact, the 155 is the most stable rig I've ever towed.  
[smile]
 

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artracer
We have a 2015 model 177. Our bumper failed from the weight of two bikes, the bike rack and the spare tire. We had the bumper replaced by our Riverside RV dealer, it was a costly lesson to learn. You can see more photos and details here. IMG_2655sm.jpg 
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jackgomez
I had these concerns also. Three things: I installed mount n lock brand 4 inch bumper supports. I installed mount n lock 2 inch receiver to the bumper. I welded 2 inch sleeve to the spare tire bracket so I could swap bike rake or spare tire. I believe there is to much weight and movement with both units on the retro standard bumper. 
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jackgomez
  247D79F5-8FF3-4AF5-8E8E-476D6B80FCF5.jpeg  0A96C4B9-4C48-4968-AE1C-48FD65D5CF83.jpeg Even with this setup I would not feel comfortable placing the weight of the spare tire on the bumper. When I use the bike rack I merely place the tire in the back of the truck.
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jackgomez
247D79F5-8FF3-4AF5-8E8E-476D6B80FCF5.jpeg  0A96C4B9-4C48-4968-AE1C-48FD65D5CF83.jpeg Even with this setup I would not feel comfortable placing the weight of the spare tire on the bumper. When I use the bike rack I merely place the tire in the back of the truck.
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pugknows
Mikes,

I'm looking to do something similar to reinforce the rear bumper of a 193 my wife and I just bought.  Questions:

1. What is the length of the 2x2 steel tubes?
2. How are the 2x2 steel tubes attached to the frame crossbeams?
3. You mention adding a 1/8" plate to take the compression load, I'm not sure I see that addition depicted. Did I miss something?
4. Do you have any "manufacturing sketches/drawings" that you can share?

We should take delivery of our camper in February or early March so I will probably have to wait unitl then to get acutal dimensions off the 193.

Regards,

Pugknows

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mikes
The square tubes extend to the 2nd cross member from the rear, about 2' on mine. They're just bolted on - under load they're mostly pressed against the cross member, so it's not critical. The plate was added after the pictures were taken, it's the same size as the bumper, so it takes the compressive load so the bumper won't get crushed. No drawings, sorry. 
Mike
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