I recently placed yet another order with GoWesty, this time for their Bumper Mounted Swing Arm, Universal Carrier attachment. Having recently revamped my Westy's front end with the South African Grille, Fog Lights, High Lift Jack, Front GoWesty Bumper, etc, I needed to give some love to her backside.
Adding the Bumper Mounted Swing Arm is something i've wanted to do for a long time. First I had to get the GoWesty bumpers as GoWesty claims they are required for the Swing Arm to bolt up. The Swing Arm attaches to the bumper with some minor drilling and 3 bolts. It feels sturdy and secure and I have no doubt it will hold up for a long time.
The Universal carrier attaches to the Swing Arm. GoWesty sells a variety of accessories for the Universal carrier such as a ladder kit, mounts for RotoPax Gas/Water canisters, spare tires, boxes, and more.
Attached to my Universal carrier I have mounted my spare tire and reverse spare tire carrier kit which allows you to flip around your spare tire and utilize the space in the cavity of the rim as extra storage. A steel plate with lock seals it off. This space is awesome, hidden, and secure, a novel solution to utilize that space. In a compact camper such as a Westy, every bit of extra space helps. On top of the universal carrier I have mounted a pair of 2 Gallon Rotopax for extra gas.
One thing that I really like about the universal carrier is how sturdy it is. In addition to the swing away clamping to the bumper, the universal carrier also has a clamp that locks it to the top of the rear hatch. This means that whatever you have stored on the universal carrier is secured both top and bottom. There are no rattles, whatever the load you have on the carrier.
Another cool feature of the swing away is the shock that attaches on one end to the swing away and the other end on the bumper. This shock pushes the carrier out to the side when the carrier is unlatched and keeps the swing away open, even on a incline.