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Old 11-28-2010, 05:59 PM   #71
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Cool!
Please post some pictures when you complete this project.
I would love to see it!!
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Old 11-28-2010, 06:02 PM   #72
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We have not yet considered that. Seems like a little thing like a 135 pound scooter does not need half an RV to carry it. And it comes apart as well. The heaviest part - the battery, weighs 30ish pounds. I can lift that on a good day :lol: And then horse the rest of the scooter in. The ramps weigh 30 pounds each, so lifting the battery seems almost easier than those bloody ramps.
At almost 70, I probably have 10ish years left as an RVer. I hope the one we have will last that long.
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Old 11-28-2010, 07:20 PM   #73
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One of the most inconvenient things of our travels is getting the bikes in/out of the back of my truck. My manual says not to add any bike rack/hitch to trailer as it could void the warranty - yet I see hitches on trailers all the time. Anyone have firsthand experience with this?
Your trailer has a frame so you can have a 2" receiver installed and get one of those cargo carriers and get the wheel holders that go on them and put your bikes on it.
I have one I rebuilt a little and carried my three wheeled Terra Trike all over the country. I put plywood on it to keep road dirt out and it worked just wonderful. Here is a picture of the frame and one the first night in AZ after our trip from Mi.
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Then frame on the trailer will hold the cargo rack and bikes with no problem, but don't think it will hold anything else.
Hope this gives you an idea or two to mess with.
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Old 11-28-2010, 07:28 PM   #74
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We have talked about that here in a thread long ago. I was told that I could not add that weight without really messing up the towing weight. How much weight have you added?
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Old 11-28-2010, 08:16 PM   #75
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Not really sure how much I added, but the rack is pretty heavy and I added 1/4" plywood to it and the trike is about 30 lbs. I'd say probably around 60 or 80 pounds total and I don't think that would hurt your towing any, unless you have a real lite trailer. You can put up to 500 lbs on these cargo racks.
Just the cargo rack and a couple bikes won't weight that much. It might be worth looking into though.
I had bought a little thingy that goes around the hitch and also around the rack and tightened up it keeps the rack steady with no rocking or movement of any kind.
See it here:Hitch-Vise Fit Guide for 2 inch factory and aftermarket hitches
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Old 11-29-2010, 08:14 AM   #76
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Bike Rack

Is the thread you were talking about.

Many folks attach stuff to the Ultralite bumper and frame system.
Many folks have never had a problem.
Many folks are shocked to find out they have invalidated their frame warranty and their RV insurance when they alter the camper's frame.

I learned this the hard way when I had a VERY light bike rack (the kind that goes around the spare tire but attaches to the frame) with two small lightweight bikes on it. I could not keep the bumper caps on the bumper. Everytime I stopped for gas the caps were about to fall out. Just that little flex from the bikes moving was enough to twist the square bumper enough to work out the caps.

I called FR about a frame hitch that was welded/bolted to the frame and was told in no uncertain terms that the FRAME of the Ultra-lite was incapable of handling the torsion without cracking over time. The metal web of the I-beam was just too thin and the "arm" (torque) was too long.

I carry the bikes on our truck with a nose hitch now.
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Best place to put bike rack on an ultra light is on the hitch A-frame. I did this and it worked great and was not in the way of the bunk when it was lowered.

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Not really sure how much I added, but the rack is pretty heavy and I added 1/4" plywood to it and the trike is about 30 lbs. I'd say probably around 60 or 80 pounds total and I don't think that would hurt your towing any, unless you have a real lite trailer. You can put up to 500 lbs on these cargo racks.
Just the cargo rack and a couple bikes won't weight that much. It might be worth looking into though.
I had bought a little thingy that goes around the hitch and also around the rack and tightened up it keeps the rack steady with no rocking or movement of any kind.
See it here:Hitch-Vise Fit Guide for 2 inch factory and aftermarket hitches
This is my first time to post. I realize this message is very old. We have a 2013 Rockwood 26' Fifth Wheel and need to put 2" receiver to haul a Kuat two-bike rack weights 60 lbs. The two bikes are lightweight hybrids. So total about 130 lbs. bikes and rack. We were going to get a welder to beef up things a bit. After reading all these posts we are thinking we have messed up. Can you tell us more about how to do what you did. Our trailer is enclosed underneath with a membrane so you cannot see the frame. Our bikes are too expensive to hang on front of the truck catching bugs and what-all else. We were going to put a cover on them. Bike riding is one of our main pastimes. In the past have hauled them like this, but with a different type of bike rack that was just for a camper, but it was hooked to the bumper. This rack would go from truck to camper as needed while traveling. This camper seems a bit "bouncy".
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:40 PM   #79
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I think a few bugs from being on the front of the truck is better than getting to camp and finding your rear bumper, bike rack, and bikes missing.
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:47 PM   #80
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This is my first time to post. I realize this message is very old. We have a 2013 Rockwood 26' Fifth Wheel and need to put 2" receiver to haul a Kuat two-bike rack weights 60 lbs. The two bikes are lightweight hybrids. So total about 130 lbs. bikes and rack. We were going to get a welder to beef up things a bit. After reading all these posts we are thinking we have messed up. Can you tell us more about how to do what you did. Our trailer is enclosed underneath with a membrane so you cannot see the frame. Our bikes are too expensive to hang on front of the truck catching bugs and what-all else. We were going to put a cover on them. Bike riding is one of our main pastimes. In the past have hauled them like this, but with a different type of bike rack that was just for a camper, but it was hooked to the bumper. This rack would go from truck to camper as needed while traveling. This camper seems a bit "bouncy".
I'm with herk you may regret you decision.

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