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Old 05-04-2008, 07:47 PM   #1
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Howdy folks,

Has anyone added a storage box, trunk, or bin to the rear outside of their rig? I am considering doing so to have a place to store an inflatable boat to take along on our travels. It wouldn't have to be very big, maybe 2X4' in size. Just big enough for a inflatable and a motor.

Just starting to toy with the idea. Any ideas or pic are appreciated. Thanks, Sarge
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Old 05-04-2008, 07:47 PM   #2
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Howdy folks,

Has anyone added a storage box, trunk, or bin to the rear outside of their rig? I am considering doing so to have a place to store an inflatable boat to take along on our travels. It wouldn't have to be very big, maybe 2X4' in size. Just big enough for a inflatable and a motor.

Just starting to toy with the idea. Any ideas or pic are appreciated. Thanks, Sarge
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Old 05-04-2008, 08:24 PM   #3
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SargeW.....I've seen some bags for those aluminum hitch racks that Harbor Freight sells. They fit on the Harbor Frieght rack and have supports and zippered closures.

Lowe's also sells a bag in their trailer/towing aisle,
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Old 05-05-2008, 04:33 AM   #4
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I have seen a number of motorhomes (mostly Class C - the Class A motorhomes usually have a toad) that use the hitch-mounted storage platforms. Blue Ox makes racks for mobility scooters (one with a 350 lb capacity and one for 500 lb) that could be used for cargo. These tilt to load the scooter and there are probably less expensive, non-tilting racks available. However, you need to be careful you don't overload the hitch or add too much weight cantilevered way out behind the motorhome. Use of this type of rack also eliminates the ability to to a car.
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Yeah, thats the issue. I still will have the Jeep with me wherever I go..........
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Sarge,what if you put the hitch on the back of the Jeep.Will that be too much weight on the Jeep?

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Hmmm, that might be an option Joe. I have a hitch mounted bike rack at the moment, but I could modify that in some fashion i'm sure. The weight wouldn't be much of an issue. Probably around 200 pounds total for everything.
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Sarge W,

Why not throw it up on a roof rack on the toad. Plenty of options that way and it would always be with you.Mike
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That option is a possibility too Mike. The only issue there is that the Jeep has a 3 piece top, and the front panels over the front seats are made to lift off easily. If the rack could only cover the rear half of the Jeep it may be possible.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by SargeW:
Hmmm, that might be an option Joe. I have a hitch mounted bike rack at the moment, but I could modify that in some fashion i'm sure. The weight wouldn't be much of an issue. Probably around 200 pounds total for everything. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Sarge, there are bike racks available that can be mounted over the shank of the tow bar instead of into the receiver. In fact, the base that actually does the mounting is sometimes available as a replacement part so you don't have to replace the entire rack. I had a Swagman bike rack that I was going to do this with until I realized the rear of the motorhome was already kind of heavy and I decided I didn't want to add the extra weight back there. Google the make of your bike rack or contact the manufacturer to see what's available.
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Yeah, mine is like that now Paz, it's the Swagman rack. I could mount it on the MH receiver for the towbar most likely.
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I purchased a piece of tubing about 3 inches long the size of the receiver tube. I drilled a whole in the side of the tube and welded a nut on the tube. I then welded the tube to the bottom of my Bikerack. That allowed me to mount the Bikerack between the coach and the toad on the tow bar. The nut is to put a bolt in to stabalize the rack.
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