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Old 04-03-2013, 07:12 PM   #1
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bumper mounted bike rack. "why you should not"

Found this today !
bikes are soon to disengage from trailer.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:02 PM   #2
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I have seen many of those racks used flawlessly. But one must strap down the bike prior to pulling away.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:14 PM   #3
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When you couple the bounciest end of the camper with these ridiculously cheap bike racks, I don't know how any of them stay on.
I sure wouldn't have been taking that picture from right behind that guy!
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:02 PM   #4
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I have seen many of those racks used flawlessly. But one must strap down the bike prior to pulling away.
X2 That looks like a hitch mounted rack, so I wouldn't be blaming the bumper for the owners failing to properly secure the baikes.
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:20 PM   #5
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Secured properly it is a non issue. I have 4 bikes on the back of my trailer with no problems. I do have the rack secured so that it is one with the trailer, meaning no bouncing. I have a rear view camera on the back of the trailer and they do not move a bit.

In the pic it looks as if someone missed a step.
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Old 04-08-2013, 01:44 PM   #6
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Some idiot lost a bike off a truck mounted rack from his sedan last year. I couldn't avoid it, and ran it over with both driver-side wheels. No damage to the Mounty, but it took out the front, bottom corner cap on the camper, and took at gouge out a brand new trailer tire. Could have been a lot worse.
When we take bikes anywhere, and they are not in the camper, they are securely mounted with the Thule roof rack. Worth every penny.

PS - If anyone must use some flimsy hanging rack system (even if it's a good name) at least put a cable lock thru the frames and attach to something solid. At least then the people behind you will have some more warning before the things come loose.
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Old 04-08-2013, 02:24 PM   #7
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Has anyone had any experience with the fold-down bike rack that is on some of the Surveyor models now? My new Surveyor 220 just happened to be equipped with one, but I don't take delivery until tomorrow. Just wondered if it is any good. Doubt we'll carry bikes on it. More like a grill and large outdoor fan. It goes almost the full width of the camper and folds down like a little deck. When the rack is up, the bottom section of the ladder must be folded up. I think I read that it holds 250 pounds. The spare tire seems to be attached to the bottom of the rack and folds down with it.
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No, but if it's stock, it's probably rigidly attached to the frame. I would still highly recommend you cable-lock thru the frames of the bikes, directly to the frame, or to something that is welded to the frame. The hitch/rack might be very strong, but maybe not so much the attachment points that actually hold the bikes to the rack.
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