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Old 04-21-2013, 04:44 PM   #1
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Balcony Bumper *Prototype*

It is a work in progress but I call it the "Balcony Bumper".



It has an all Aluminum Diamond Plate platform that slides out from under the rear bumper and provides and additional 10 sq ft of floor space. We use it for off the ground showering, Porta Potty space...

Sometimes I set up the Porta Potty/Shower Tent right off the back of the Balcony; with the van's back doors both open it provides the privacy to roll out of bed, out the back, on to the Balcony and in to the Tent to do your thing.

Eventually I want to create a enclosure that hangs off the Penthouse top, attaches to the doors and encloses the complete Balcony area, eliminating the need for the tent.

It has supported well over 500 lbs and could also be used as a carrier for fire wood or ...

The guts of it are all steel and tied to the Class IV Hitch; with side extensions that have receivers for the steel spindle and tapered bearing swing outs. I've finished the tire carrier on the left and will be adding an additional carrier on the right for generator and storage box.



Since this picture, it has all been Powder Coated black and a aluminum Bumper Cover has been added. The bumper cover is not finished as it still needs to be contoured, filled and polished or Powder Coated.



Here are a few more pictures.


You can see my 30 gal water tank is also protected by it.


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Old 04-21-2013, 04:47 PM   #2
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Re: Balcony Bumper *Prototype*

Nice work, but I know I split my shin or knee on it the first time I used it.\


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Old 04-21-2013, 04:51 PM   #3
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Re: Balcony Bumper *Prototype*

It is much bigger than it looks in the pictures and hard not to notice - especially with the doors open on each side of it.

Can't tell you how many times I have gotten my shins on a trailer hitch though.
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Old 04-21-2013, 05:17 PM   #4
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Re: Balcony Bumper *Prototype*

Very cool idea.

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Old 04-21-2013, 07:22 PM   #5
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Re: Balcony Bumper *Prototype*

Very nice and great space
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Old 04-23-2013, 10:10 AM   #6
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When do you go into mass production?
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Old 04-24-2013, 07:41 AM   #7
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great idea and execution!!

so many innovators on this site, I love it!
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:17 AM   #8
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I hope you have a towel I can borrow to catch the drool that drops when I see all these mods in person this Saturday. I really want to check out your suspension setup too.
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