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Old 03-29-2016, 12:50 PM   #11
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carry bikes with a 5er

I also have installed the CURT hitch on the front of my Toyota Tundra. Just finished a month long trip to SoCal and Az. No problems in over 1200 miles of travel. My rack is a folding one from e-trailer. It worked well although there was some sway. My application required a 7 inch extension to the hitch for front clearance. Overall it worked quite well.
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Old 03-29-2016, 01:59 PM   #12
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I had a hitch custom fabbed for our 2500 Savana. We've used it over thousands of miles, through the Smokies in the dead of summer, and never had any airflow issues. We always carried 4 bikes up there without issue except, as you speculated, the need to wash the bikes once you get to the campground.
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Old 03-29-2016, 02:40 PM   #13
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EpendyDad, how did you install the pinbox hitch/rack? You drill and mount the hitch yourself? Is there anything to shy away from when drilling the pinbox (if a person were to do it themselves)?

Been thinking of this, but I'm kind of leery of drilling holes in a perfectly good pinbox and (potentially) weakening it. I have no reservations of my capabilities of drilling holes.....

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This is all way above my paygrade, but my father-in-law did it. He drilled and tapped the holes and then put bolts into them. Because of the TrailAir air bag, he cut them off and there's no nut on the back side. I'm not sure if he did or didn't use Loctite. I do know that in close to 10,000 miles on the trailer- the rack hasn't moved.

This is the second pin box he drilled and neither showed issues at all with weakening.
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Old 03-29-2016, 03:47 PM   #14
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This is a page I found last year when I heard someone talking about a pin box bike rack:

Learn To RV: DIY Fifth Wheel Pin Box Bike Rack - pictures

This level of fabrication is beyond my capabilities but would be ideal so you could use a standard bike rack and remove it when not in use.

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Old 03-29-2016, 05:13 PM   #15
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This is a page I found last year when I heard someone talking about a pin box bike rack:

Learn To RV: DIY Fifth Wheel Pin Box Bike Rack - pictures

This level of fabrication is beyond my capabilities but would be ideal so you could use a standard bike rack and remove it when not in use.
That's my page & camper and my father-in-law's handiwork.
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Old 03-29-2016, 05:57 PM   #16
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Just Rite bike rack

When I towed with a 1999 Grand Cherokee carrying bikes was a problem. I bought this elaborate Just Rite bike rack that mounts on an extended hitch tube. The rack is somewhat adjustable for distance from TV and TT. It pivots back to afford access to the lift gate. Apparently it is no longer available but Blue Ox has something that looks very similar. I was able to use my WDH and sway control with the rack in place. Due to the extension length it decreases your max tongue weight and max tow capacity somewhat. A very good solution for those using a SUV with a lighter-type trailer. While using it on the freeway in SoCal a CHP officer pulled up next to me and gave it a long "eyeball" and then he just pulled away.I had to add length to my safety chains and electrical connector.Click image for larger version

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Old 03-29-2016, 08:43 PM   #17
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This is a page I found last year when I heard someone talking about a pin box bike rack:

Learn To RV: DIY Fifth Wheel Pin Box Bike Rack - pictures

This level of fabrication is beyond my capabilities but would be ideal so you could use a standard bike rack and remove it when not in use.

I`m sure you could build that , If you got some welding skills.
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Old 03-30-2016, 02:11 AM   #18
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I`m sure you could build that , If you got some welding skills.
I'm betting you can take the concept to any welder/fabricator and have it built fairly cheaply. The receiver tube was bought on Amazon ($20, I think). I bought metal for the sides on the one pictured, but on the second one- my father-in-law just used scrap from the machine shop that he uses. I literally had $20 in and maybe an hour or so of his time.

I've been talking to him about making + selling these. I'm not sure if he'll bite and do it or what.
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Old 03-30-2016, 07:01 AM   #19
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Installed my Curt front hitch yesterday. Got a Rhino Rack 4 bike rack for it. Preliminary testing has gone well. Much better than lugging bikes in and out of the 5er.

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Thank you for sharing this. I really need to get one for my new F350, but not sure if I like how low that one mounts. I have only used Curt products in the past, but looking at pics, I think the Reese might mount a tad higher.
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Thank you for sharing this. I really need to get one for my new F350, but not sure if I like how low that one mounts. I have only used Curt products in the past, but looking at pics, I think the Reese might mount a tad higher.
It looks low but it's not the lowest thing under the truck. If you're still concerned though it also is mountable in a raised position but you have to cut a hole through the fascia. Check out etrailer.com for info.

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