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Old 07-24-2010, 08:34 PM   #21
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Bikes, hanging on the front mounted rack, are long enough to interfere with the head lights and turn signals?

I just now went out and measured mine. They are 5' 1" long. Even at 6', I don't thing the spokes and tires will interfere with the effectiveness of the lighting.
Ok, just went out today and moved the bikes to the front of the truck to check. Blocks nothing except grill on my GMC 2500HD. PA is not a front plate state so no worries there either.
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Old 07-24-2010, 11:23 PM   #22
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I saw a tongue mounted bike rack I like. It is a A frame welded across the tongue frame between the battery box and the front of the trailer. The A frame has a hitch receiver socket welded on top. A receiver hitch bike rack mounts into the receiver socket. The height of the mount places the bikes above the propane tanks. The A frame looks like it is made of 2" square steel. Does anyone see a problem with mounting across the tongue?
sounds like the Toppoprails bike system, made in Canada. pretty expensive at $500-$700. only issue would be added tongue weight.
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Old 07-25-2010, 03:33 AM   #23
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Have you considered putting the hitch on the front side of your Tundra? Of course that would also create a problem if you wanted to look under the hood and maybe some visual restrictions. I do know some bike carriers do swing away from the bumper. So that might be a solution to the problem of accessibility to the engine. I really don't know how much of a problem it would cause with cooling of the engine. I've talked to some who say that it doesn't cause a problem at all because it doesn't restrict much of the air flow.
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Old 07-25-2010, 03:47 AM   #24
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The only problem I see with mounting the bikes on the front is blocking the headlights or turn signals, which may be an offense with some state traffic laws.

If your are really concerned why not just remove the wheels from the bike? Good wheel sets on your better bikes cost a pretty penny and you don't want them stolen anyway. So be sure to secure your wheels to the bike and frame as a safety measure.
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Old 07-25-2010, 07:25 AM   #25
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If your are really concerned why not just remove the tires from the bike? Good wheel sets on your better bikes cost a pretty penny and you don't want them stolen anyway. So be sure to secure your wheels to the bike and frame as a safety measure.
This turns out not to be an issue with my 2008 GMC Sierra. The tires do not block the lights and the air flow seems to be ok,as the engine temps are fine.
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Old 08-03-2010, 10:58 PM   #26
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We have been carrying 4 bikes inside the trailer using 2 mini racks, purchased at Lowes for $25/each.

Add a couple bungee cords and patience to get them in/out with whacking things, and it can be done. It can be messy if you have to depart in the rain...
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Old 08-04-2010, 05:32 PM   #27
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Picasa Web Albums - 11351261114590963... - Trailer pictures These were posted by jphillips on June 24 2010. This is the "A" frame mounted to the tongue I referenced in my earlier reply. I think I am going to build a rack based on this design. Thanks Joe.
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I solved part of my problem. We bought a tandem bike and it rides on top of the truck. Now, 2 bikes are much easier to store in the truck than 4!
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I welded two reciever hitches directly to the frame not the bumper
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Old 08-05-2010, 10:38 PM   #30
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I welded two reciever hitches directly to the frame not the bumper
VERY nice.

Let me know how it holds up. I still have my aluminum cargo tray and may yet get to use it.
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