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2013-11-25 21:39:07.738114+00 by meuon 6 comments

[RV Bumper Storage Mods with Recumbent and Diamond Bike Rack] I didn't rationalize buying a TIG welder and making it all myself from scratch, but I did recycle a lot of parts from the venerable Fiesta Trailer and do a fair job of bolting it all together. The only part I bought was the tool box and some bolts. All of the rest of the project was from the old rig, and stuff I had laying around (yes, I have lots of 1" aluminum square t-slot frame laying around). I re-enforced the top mount side door aluminum tool box, and placed it on an aluminum frame that replaced the bumper and bumper mounts. It only sticks out 12" more than the original bumper. There is a support rail behind the bikes to keep them from rubbing against the RV. The rear view camera is recessed in the tool box lid, and I added two 10watt backup/work lights and a license plate light to the box. Problem solved, total out of pocket about $475, and it adds a lot of storage for grungier outdoor things to the RV without them being in the way. And I think it all weighs less than the factor bumper, but it's not as sturdy either. We'll just have to be careful backing up, but adding the rear view camera (part of the "stereo" upgrade) should help.

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#Comment Re: made: 2013-11-25 22:26:30.750045+00 by: Dan Lyke

Nice! are the backup lights LED for longer life?

#Comment Re: made: 2013-11-25 23:23:04.712142+00 by: meuon

For much more brightness than normal lights. And they'll run much longer on the battery without draining it. You can't use them for normal "in traffic" backup lights, they need a separate switch. They will blind someone driving. These will (tomorrow or when it warms up) have a bypass switch in the tool box. They'll pivot and light up a large area right behind the RV. They are these 10w LED lights. Note, you want floods, not spots for this application. I have even bigger ones on the back of my truck, they are very useful. I have a pair of 20 watt LED's I'll be putting on the front soon.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-11-26 00:14:17.210854+00 by: Dan Lyke

Ooh! Good idea! My backup lights on the truck aren't working right now and I need to chase down the wiring to figure out why and where, but given the 3 layers of glass with the camper top, something to make it plain that I'm backing up would be the right thing to do when I dig into the wiring problem...

#Comment Re: made: 2013-11-26 02:18:16.717482+00 by: meuon

What it really needs is about 500 ft of El Wire and a nice controller... Oh.. yeah, for your truck also.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-11-27 18:36:12.173282+00 by: TC

Nice rig addition! I sometimes think about buying a diesel pusher or something similar to visit Black Rock type events. If I had a private privy and space that could shut out all the noise for a few hours here and there Burning Man might be fun again.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-11-27 19:26:47.552004+00 by: meuon [edit history]

I call it the "Princess Nancy Support Unit", but we also go to other events and do a lot of just plain "camping". What I noticed when we took the trailer to Burning Man, was that I spent more time doing non-life-survival-camping kind of things. At a "tough event" Nancy needs a place to rest/sleep and take care of herself... I can walk around nekkid and not bathe (much) and eat food bars. She can't. So far, we've enjoyed "small", but if you like Diesel pushers, the Vixen is a interesting choice with people claiming 30mpg.