2" receiver on Escape 17B rear bumper - Fiberglass RV


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Old 06-28-2016, 10:10 PM   #1
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2" receiver on Escape 17B rear bumper

I just finished installing a 2" receiver on my 17B.

Took 2 12"x12"x.125" steel plates from an old project, and glued them together with PL Premium.

Drilled a few holes, bolted on a step bumper receiver hitch, and attached the whole shebang with u-bolts to the bumper.

seems burly enough for a couple of bikes or a bin full of stinky slinkies.

Will take it for a test drive with bikes attached and wife following to see how much movement goes on when cruising down the highway.
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Old 06-29-2016, 05:50 AM   #2
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Jim:

I don't know how many bikes you are putting back there, but it is wise to check your weight distribution before any lengthy trip. You should have 10 to 15% of the trailer weight on the tongue for safe towing.
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Old 06-29-2016, 05:51 AM   #3
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what grade bolts did you use?
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what grade bolts did you use?
grade 8.8
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nicely done

That's a nice solution. I have been toying with an alternate approach, and don't have it finished quite yet - a Curt bumper hitch mount designed for a 2"x4" bumper, than fill in the difference from the 1.5"x3" bumper on the Escape with a couple of hardwood shims.
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That's a nice solution. I have been toying with an alternate approach, and don't have it finished quite yet - a Curt bumper hitch mount designed for a 2"x4" bumper, than fill in the difference from the 1.5"x3" bumper on the Escape with a couple of hardwood shims.

I also looked at the 'rv bumper' receivers... I wanted to stay away from twisting forces on the bumper tubing as much as possible.

I am thinking of 'upgrading' my receiver setup to have a thicker steel plate; with two light-ish bikes (about 55lbs combined) and 15lb bike rack there's really too much flex (meaning I notice it with my eyes).

Also, the harbor freight receiver is pretty big, so anything I put in the receiver wiggles around a lot.

Both of these cause more movement than I'd like, and I think I can solve all the problems for $50 or so. Most of the money used for a nice drill bit
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grade 8.8
8.8 is a marking used on metric bolts that are a mild carbon steel, about the same as a US grade 5. Keep in mind that bikes on a rack, combined with any trailer bounce on a rough road will use the leverage effect on your receiver. I've built a few by installing two cross members to the frame rails and attaching the receiver tube to both. Look at the rear receiver that Orbital Machine sells for Casitas, very nicely done. I made mine similar to that.
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