First Batch Has Sold Out. We will make the second batch available for purchase in early November. Thanks.
We've promised, then un-promised, the reinforcement for the Promaster/Curt hitch for the past year. Now it's available for pre-order. Miracles do happen.
The typical attachment of the Curt hitch mount is basically sandwiched between the rear bumper and the sheet metal body flange. When mounting a bike rack, the further rearward the placement of bikes and the ever-increasing weight of bikes (E-Bikes) puts a tremendous bending moment on the hitch mount, and many of them are permanently bent at the outer attachment points to the body. While a 350 lbs tongue weight is rated, that's 350 lbs at point of the hitch receiver, maybe 6 inches rearward. A bike rack with 2 bikes might be 24 inches back and 4 bikes might be 36 inches back. 4 bikes at 30 lbs each, 36 inches back will produce a moment of 4320 lb-in. The standard rating of 350 lbs at 6 inches is only 2100 lb-in.
With our hitch reinforcement kit, you can reinforce the hitch mount at the point of action. Other kits are just bent pieces of steel that "beef-up" the mount at the edges (the cross tube will still rotate). They also require grinding, welding, drilling and painting. Ours bolts right on, can be preloaded by rotating the compression rods (left and right threaded rod end bearings). This thing is stiffer than a (insert your own euphemism.)
One drawback: It only works on vehicles with clear path between the hitch mount and the stock mounting location for the spare tire. If you have no generator and no black tank, it should work (Travatos, no. Solis, yes, with the caveat to please let us know if you have a 59P rear sofa version (needs different modification) Thors and Hymers, maybe.) If you have a generator and no black tank, usually yes too. If you have questions, just email us a photo of the underside of your van, and we can confirm.
We are taking preorders and then will fabricate and ship in batches of 10 units at a time. This is CNC machine-intensive, done on-site at Landed Gear, San Diego, USA.
Thanks to all the squeaky wheels pushing us on this. (This will not solve squeaky wheel problems.)