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Old 12-30-2014, 10:46 PM   #1
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Install a cargo carrier on tail of a Casita

I have been wanting to carry two bicycles on rear of my Casita. It is a Liberty Deluxe 17 foot.Have a bumper (hollow) and the spare above it. Are there any ideas as where to look for a carrier to install for this? (Or any other ideas)? Thanks
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Old 12-30-2014, 11:18 PM   #2
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Casita will tell you NOT to mount a rack on the bumper. It is not strong enough.

We had a 2" receiver custom built. It had a 3 point weld, 2 points forward on the frame and angle iron welded to the bumper to provide extra support there. With 2 bikes mounted, we had a very good tongue weight to totaI weight ratio (10%).

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Old 12-30-2014, 11:31 PM   #3
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Hi J, Perfect Casita makes a pretty good add on rear hitch. Not sure if that's the way you want to go but it may work for you if you watch how you load the trailer for travel.
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Old 12-31-2014, 07:18 AM   #4
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There is a bolt on hitch available from Amazon. Made by Orbital Machine Works I think. Just saw one on a 2013 Casita in the campground we are at. Looks good.
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Casita will tell you NOT to mount a rack on the bumper. It is not strong enough.

We had a 2" receiver custom built. It had a 3 point weld, 2 points forward on the frame and angle iron welded to the bumper to provide extra support there. With 2 bikes mounted, we had a very good tongue weight to totaI weight ratio (10%).

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Agree, would go with the custom 2" receiver. Then you don't have to worry if it's strong enough. If you know someone that works in welding; get something set up. This is what I did on my 19' Scamp. I always say you should set up your unit to your needs. I had a friend help weld one on. Then I added a modified storage box carrier with another receiver on the rear of that so I could carry my aluminum beach cart behind the storage box. Works great with no problems with camper sway. Here is the shortcut to my Mod. Good luck and let us know how it goes. Man Storage on carrier
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There is a bolt on hitch available from Amazon. Made by Orbital Machine Works I think. Just saw one on a 2013 Casita in the campground we are at. Looks good.
Orbital are members here and they make a very well designed hitch. I purchased one and could not be happier with the service and the product. Was also very impressed as to how well they packaged it up for shipping as well as the clear installation instructions. As others have indicated though there is a pretty low weight limits set by the trailer manufactures as to how much weight can be added to the hitch. I would for example never put two heavy bikes back there - if I put two bikes back there they are going to be fairly light - under 17lb road bikes for example.

Not to mention that putting weight at the rear of the trailer its a great way to create a very unstable tow - nothing more heart stopping than the trailer swaying around. If you have not towed previously make sure you do your homework on appropriately stowing your trailer before loading anything on the rear of the trailer. For everything you put back there you will need to make sure you add some weight up at or just ahead of the trailers axle - that will add weight to the trailers tongue which means checking that your tow vehicle has the specs/ability to carry that extra tongue weight needed for a stable tow. Keep in mind that the permanently mounted hitch itself adds weight to the rear of the trailer.
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cargo box

You mean like this? I have the welding details in a PDF format, but can't attach. PM me with email and I'll forward the PDF
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Amast.JPG   bumper.JPG  

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Linda, you should be able to attach the PDF, as seen in the attach files section:
Valid file extensions: 3gp 3gp2 asf aiff avi mp4 mov mpeg mpg wmv ogg bmp doc gif jpe jpeg jpg pdf png psd txt
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Old 12-31-2014, 09:42 PM   #9
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Donna, It's 555kb and appears to be to big.
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Donna, It's 555kb and appears to be to big.
kb? or lbs? would be worried with that much weight that one good bump would twist the frame or worse
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kb? or lbs? would be worried with that much weight that one good bump would twist the frame or worse
I was referring to the size of the PDF
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I was referring to the size of the PDF
that explains a lot! Was wondering what the heck that rack was made out of!
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So what is the maximum size of PDF that can be safely attached to the back of a trailer without affecting its stability?
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Orbital are members here and they make a very well designed hitch. I purchased one and could not be happier with the service and the product. Was also very impressed as to how well they packaged it up for shipping as well as the clear installation instructions.
That would be us.
You can see the hitch here Casita Hitch Receiver
And some info on tongue weight etc in our FAQs here: FAQs

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