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Old 08-06-2014, 07:29 PM   #1
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Bumper Capacity

I have a FR Rockwood 5th Wheel which has the standard 4 in rear bumper with a spare tire mounted to it. I want to use the Swagman Around-The-Tire bicycle mount (AROUND THE SPARE RACK 80500 « Swagman). Anyone know the capacity of the bumper? Will it support this extra weight attached to the spare tire?
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Do a search on this forum and expect some great reading on why that's not a good idea.
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Do a search on this forum and expect some great reading on why that's not a good idea.
x2! You will have more reading and warnings than you want if you search bumper or bike rack(s).
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Old 08-07-2014, 08:05 AM   #4
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So, where do you recommend hauling your bikes ????
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Old 08-07-2014, 08:17 AM   #5
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So, where do you recommend hauling your bikes ????

I carry 2 bikes. I put one in the truck bed, just in front of the hitch and I carry the other one in the camper. It's a pain in the butt, but for now, that is my only option. Others have rigged a bike carrier to the fifth wheel pin. Again, do a search and you will find something like this.

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So, where do you recommend hauling your bikes ????

Challenges like this are things that make camping fun for many of us. It gets your creative juices flowing and you get a chance to come up with a neat solution.

Many folks also put a hitch on the front of their TV and then use a bike rack. Here's one company that makes a fairly easy on/easy off hitch that requires no welding or fabrication on your truck. I don't think they make one to fit your 2014 Ram, but it will give you and idea. Bodiak Hitches

Personally, I've been working on mounting our 2 bikes on the top of the tool box in the bed of the truck. I've attached pics of my very first run at it. Since then the bikes are much further forward on the box and I turn the handlebars parallel to the bike frame. All this really increases the clearance between the bikes and the front cap of the FW. As always, I am very slow and cautious any time I make sharp turns. I or my wife watch the clearance constantly. So far we've made 2 trips with the bikes mounted here and it works great. I may ultimately do away with the 2x6s and attachClick image for larger version

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Do a search on this forum and expect some great reading on why that's not a good idea.
Not to mention the fact that you could potentially void all your warranties. You will find a little sticker somewhere in your rig that specifies mounting anything to the bumper will in fact void it. My sticker is in my pantry cupboard.
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So, where do you recommend hauling your bikes ????
Front receiver is my solution....
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I have a FR Rockwood 5th Wheel which has the standard 4 in rear bumper with a spare tire mounted to it. I want to use the Swagman Around-The-Tire bicycle mount (AROUND THE SPARE RACK 80500 « Swagman). Anyone know the capacity of the bumper? Will it support this extra weight attached to the spare tire?
X2 on the Bodiak front receiver hitch. Bikes are out where you can see them and the whole set up is strong and safe without any questions about clearance etc. Price is reasonable compared to a welded hitch too.
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So, where do you recommend hauling your bikes ????
In the camper, on the pin, on the truck are your basic options:
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