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Old 03-23-2012, 12:19 AM   #1
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Hitch Mounted Bike Racks on Travel Trailer

Our bikes took a beating on the back of our Surveyor SP240 last fall. We used a standard Yakima rack in a welded frame mounted receiver. I now plan to go to a tray type of rack. Any suggestions on a very stable rack? I am thinking of a Yakima Hold Up.
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Old 03-23-2012, 08:03 AM   #2
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Do a search about bikes on the back of a trailer......there are many threads on that. The general consensus is to keep bikes off of the back of a trailer.
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Old 03-23-2012, 09:36 AM   #3
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Heed mtnguys advice and leave the bike off the back with ANY rack
been there done that and never doing it again!
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Old 03-23-2012, 10:14 AM   #4
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There are better alternatives for most trailers and certainly for the SP-240 which is a lightweight.

The only trailers and 5ers that are capable of storing off the back are the ones with heavier frames and bumpers and, even then, the bouncing will beat up the bikes (as you found).

Transport them in the trailer, in the bed of your TV if its a pickup, Yakima or Thule roof racks, or hitch mounted to the front of your truck.
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Old 03-24-2012, 02:27 PM   #5
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I put mine on the back (4). I have the rack strapped to the back of the trailer using ratchet straps and eyebolts mounted through the studs in the wall. this makes the bike rack part of the trailer and provides no movement. they have been this way since 07 and everything is still good. if you just let the bikes and rack bounce around back there, yes the results are not pleasant! I have a rear view camera and I can keep an eye on them and they don`t move.
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Old 03-24-2012, 02:41 PM   #6
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I'd have a hard time drilling holes in my $40,000 camper, but then again, it is just a camper!
So you ran the bolts right through the wall and put nuts on the inside of the camper? I wonder how I would even find the studs in mine?
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Yes I did. it wasn`t too hard seeing as how the factory drills into it after it`s built. On my trailer one of the bunks runs the length of the back wall. I just picked up the panel that supports the mattress and found the vertical stud. then I drilled through the bunk stud and vertical wall stud (2 eyebolts), very strong! I have hung on it and nothing moves (200 lbs). don`e properly bikes on the rear are perfectly fine. just hanging them off the bumper with no type of support will result in loss of bikes and/or a wreck behind you! I`ll get some pics posted up tonite.
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I put 3 bikes on a rack off the bumper. The bikes are ok, but the handlebars put holes into the back of the fiberglass. Glad I don't have a metal skin.
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Anyone considered stabilizing the top of the bike rack from the ladder?
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Old 03-28-2012, 05:44 PM   #10
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Anyone considered stabilizing the top of the bike rack from the ladder?
yes until it pulls your ladder off the back of it to and not all campers have a ladder
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