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Old 08-12-2017, 01:43 PM   #1
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2010 Keystone Cougar 27rls bumper weight capacity

Want to add a 2" receiver bumper hitch. Need to know how much weight can this 4" bumper can handle. Thanks in advance for your knowledge and wisdom.
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Old 08-12-2017, 02:02 PM   #2
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Not much weight at all, to be quite honest. Do an internet search of "RV bumper failures" and you'll see tons of pics and videos illustrating the aftermath of a failure.

When loaded, bumper mount hitches put significant stress on the thin sheet metal that forms the actual bumper. It's not necessarily the welds of the bumper that fail, it's the sheet metal that cannot hold up to the violence of 65 mph high-speed travel.

As far as a weight, I'd say as much as a spare tire and swing arm BBQ weighs. And that's it. If your planning on securing 4 bicycles to a bike rack carrier or mounting a loaded cargo carrier to "bolt on" bumper receiver, you'll be pushing the limits. It's more appropriate (and safer) to have a receiver hitch fabricated and/or welded to directly to the frame rails.
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Old 08-12-2017, 02:11 PM   #3
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The 4" bumper can't carry much except a sewer hose and a spare tire with rack. If you're considering a "bolt on bumper receiver" similar to the one in this picture, the bumper isn't rated for that and will likely either fail, bend or the welds will break if you add a cargo tray or a bike rack to that type of bumper receiver.

I think the general consensus is: "Don't do it".....
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Old 08-12-2017, 02:35 PM   #4
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Thanks to all. This is what I needed to know.
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