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Old 03-19-2012, 09:23 AM   #11
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Those pics of the broken weld belong to me.
Thanks Terry, I did say that they were not mine.

I just did not know where I got them as I put them in my "why I don't have a bumper bike hitch" file.
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:28 AM   #12
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Thanks Terry, I did say that they were not mine.

I just did not know where I got them as I put them in my "why I don't have a bumper bike hitch" file.

That's fine Lou. I just wanted to point out the fact that the rear bumper is not intended for a tire, let alone a bike rack. I have since relocated my spare to the basement storage and my bikes to the back of the truck. I have not yet fixed the welds. I do hope to reinforce the bumper to the frame, so that I can put the tire back there.
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:32 AM   #13
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Need to haul 3 bikes.....always too much crap in the bed......hitch is full
If the bed of the truck is full, why not rig up something to carry the bikes above the bed ???
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:56 AM   #14
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If the bed of the truck is full, why not rig up something to carry the bikes above the bed ???

I like that idea. I was wondering if there is a manufactured bike rack product that you can put the bikes transversely across the front of the bed.
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Old 03-19-2012, 10:23 AM   #15
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I like that idea. I was wondering if there is a manufactured bike rack product that you can put the bikes transversely across the front of the bed.
I used a couple of old gutter mount Yak racks from a previous use, fabricated a "gutter" to fit on my Trak Rac rails, added a couple of Yak Copper Head bike bike racks (also from a previous use), and came up with a solution to carry my bikes out of the way. A little difficult to get things out of the front of my bed sometimes, but that is a small price to pay for a secure way to carry my bikes. (See my signature pic)

Someone could probably easily make a wood or metal rail that mounted into the stake pockets, and come up with a solution of some type of cross member and a couple of these (Fork Style Roof Mounted Bike Rack - Swagman Fork Down Swagman Roof Bike Racks S64710)

For about $90-100 and some fabrication, you can carry 2 bikes out of the way.
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Old 03-20-2012, 10:15 PM   #16
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As you can see from my "front mount" bike hitch, they do not block the headlights.

However, they DO move around a lot up there and my hood took a beating from the handle bars. No amount of tying it down and jamming stuff in the hitch mount would stop it from doing so. Every wind gust on the freeway lifted the whole assembly and "flew" it into the hood.

The hitch itself is low to the ground reducing your ground clearance. Even with the bike mount off, I was hitting parking lot concrete bumper stops routinely. With it on, you run the risk of damage just going out to dinner.

Every time you move the camper the bike hitch had to go on; bikes loaded; everything tied down; get where you are going and take everything off if you want to go out to eat. PITA

However, of all the other choices for ultra-lite campers it is the best "outside" option.
So exactly how do you have them on the front???.......thought about a "Trunk" bike rack on the front end....not sure how that would go?......

@herk .....how you doing it?
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Old 03-20-2012, 10:18 PM   #17
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They make a front 2 inch receiver that bolts to the front of your truck. Then you just use the same bike mount as you would use on the rear.

Ford F-150 Front Mount Trailer Hitch | etrailer.com
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Old 03-20-2012, 11:30 PM   #18
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There is a bike rake that will attach to the front of the trailer over the gas tanks.
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Old 03-21-2012, 03:07 AM   #19
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There is a bike rake that will attach to the front of the trailer over the gas tanks.
it's from a Canadian company called Arvika/Toppoprails and the tongue bike racks are EXPENSIVE! there are two models, the 7000 and the DFX.

and they're extremely hard to find in the U.S.
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Old 05-08-2012, 01:45 PM   #20
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They make a front 2 inch receiver that bolts to the front of your truck. Then you just use the same bike mount as you would use on the rear.

Ford F-150 Front Mount Trailer Hitch | etrailer.com

Lou, With the front mounted bike rack, do you know if there is restriction on the amount of depth you can have up front? I would need a bike rack that holds 4 bikes. I was going to install one on the bumper of the TT but after reading on here I don't think I want to chance it.
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