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Old 05-09-2018, 08:34 PM   #1
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Truck tailgate bike pad

We are thinking about getting a tailgate bike pad for our truck to haul 4-5 bicycles when we pull our 32 ft. camper. Any concerns with that much weight pushing down right above the the hitch? Or any other bike rack suggestions?
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Old 05-09-2018, 08:48 PM   #2
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We are thinking about getting a tailgate bike pad for our truck to haul 4-5 bicycles when we pull our 32 ft. camper. Any concerns with that much weight pushing down right above the the hitch? Or any other bike rack suggestions?
That might be a lot of bulk, but not really that much weight. If you can haul them in your truck, go for it. IMHO, that beats a rack on the front of your tt above the LP bottles, and it is way, way better than trying to hang 4 bikes some kind of a hitch on the rear bumper.
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We used a Thule Tail Gate Bike Pad for about 22 months of travel. For the most part it worked well. We had 4 bikes and no issues with weight. The only thing that I would be careful with is the mat can wear down the paint on the bike frame. I didn't notice until it had gotten down to metal. Short story, keep the mat clean or put something between the mat and the frame so it doesn't rub. They warn about the mat wearing on the tailgate so I made sure that was super clean and waxed and had no issues there. The dodge does have a plastic strip at the top of the gate so that probably makes a big difference too. Not sure about other manufacturers but this is what happened with the Thule on a 2010 Dodge.
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We use a bike mat on the tailgate and a bike "stand" to hold the bikes in place (and a cargo bar to make sure they don't move), along with bike locks to keep them from riding away. So far no damage to bikes and/or truck. Our bike mat has padding at the top to help with the "rub" effect.
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We are thinking about getting a tailgate bike pad for our truck to haul 4-5 bicycles when we pull our 32 ft. camper. Any concerns with that much weight pushing down right above the the hitch? Or any other bike rack suggestions?
Can you really get 4 or 5 bikes on your tailgate ??????????
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In our Dodge, 4 fit without issue, 5 should fit but would be pretty tight.
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In our Dodge, 4 fit without issue, 5 should fit but would be pretty tight.
I guess I did not know what a tailgate bike rack was !!!
Looks like it could be a problem if DW lets you Jack Knife the TT !!!

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Don't know what all you haul in the bed, or if you have a tonneau cover, but consider some bike racks for the bed.

I'm currently looking at these (Universal Truck Crossbars for Tonneau Covers, Fits All Trucks — KB Voodoo Fabrications and trying to figure out how to fabricate my own.

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We store our bikes inside the truck under the cap. They stay a lot cleaner that way. I built a slider that allows me to pull the bike out onto the back gate and then remove it. I use a fork clamp to keep the bike in place on the slider and keep it from bouncing around inside the truck. Only problem is that you do have to take the front tire off to put the fork on the clamp. I made the slider out of electrical conduit and clamps and use a screen door barrel lock to lock it in place when it is in the truck. While I keep modifying it a bit every few years, it has worked well.
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Don't know what all you haul in the bed, or if you have a tonneau cover, but consider some bike racks for the bed.

I'm currently looking at these (Universal Truck Crossbars for Tonneau Covers, Fits All Trucks — KB Voodoo Fabrications and trying to figure out how to fabricate my own.

I'd like to find some cross bars that would work on my BAK Revolver tonneau cover but I haven't found anything yet
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