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Old 04-05-2014, 09:34 PM   #11
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Since you are towing with a pick up, try this page for examples. Thule
Many other brands out there, all with competing prices.

Just PLEASE do not add/weld to the rear of the Tracer bumper.
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Old 04-06-2014, 07:55 AM   #12
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Bike rack for our camper?

I've been doing a lot of research. Apparently, it is not good at all to hang a bike rack on the back of our new Tracer 230FBS camper. Of all the bike racks I looked at, 2 options seem to be the best.
The first is the Bodiak hitch, which slips over the existing tow hooks on the front of our 2014 Silverado 2500HD Crew Cab pickup. The only thing is that I'm not sure if I like the thought of going down the road with 2 bikes in front of the truck - seems as though it would block the headlights?
The other option that I really liked was the Curt Clamp-on Bike Rack. It clamps to the actual 2" hitch bar (so, between the truck & the camper)on the hitch, itself. It would add a little to the hitch weight, but the Tracer is a pretty lite camper anyway and with the 2500HD, I don't think it would be a problem.
I would like to hear from anybody that has used the Curt Clamp-on Bike Rack, to see how they like it?
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Old 04-19-2014, 07:09 PM   #13
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I had a Reese hitch welded underneath the unit. I bought a bike rack that slides in to it
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Old 05-02-2014, 08:45 AM   #14
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Bike carrier crusader

Prior to installing a two bike frame carrier, we checked our bumper for any information and/or warning, did not find any. Our spare tire and wheel are already mounted and this bike rack attach's with two large u-bolts to the bumper behind the spare tire which is mounted in the same manner. The bikes together weigh like forty pounds, both are light weights. Also, just for the safety factor had three gussett plates welded on from the coach frame to the bumper. Figure that combination is probably over kill, will have to wait and see.
Plus we purchased a big bag to cover the bikes when in transit. Considered mounting bikes on front of tow vehicle, but the feed back we received made sense when you consider the bikes are out there in the rain, bugs, sand and rocks, anyone of these can ruin a good bike especially one that you have some bucks invested in.
Thanks for the information on how others address this issue....we are just before leaving ouit on our 12k mile excursion to Alaska/Canada from Chatsworth, GA.
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Old 05-02-2014, 09:27 AM   #15
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I have seen some people mount a bike rack on the front of their truck. It is not a bad idea as they are always visible to the driver and front seat passenger. I am assuming you would have to come off the frame somehow, but not sure on the specifics.
This is how we roll...I mounted a receiver hitch on the front of our pick up. Nice to be able to keep an eye on them going down the road.
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Old 05-02-2014, 09:57 AM   #16
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Can anyone explain why a bike rack on the back bumper is a "no-no," but a spare tire seems to be OK. I've carried a tandem on the back bumper of most of my RVs. The bike rack is the kind that comes in two separate pieces that hold the wheels. The TT spare goes in the truck. The weight is not significantly different and the stress is spread more broadly over the bumper. It strikes me as safer than a spare tire, but perhaps I'm courting disaster.
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Old 05-02-2014, 10:17 AM   #17
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Can anyone explain why a bike rack on the back bumper is a "no-no," but a spare tire seems to be OK. I've carried a tandem on the back bumper of most of my RVs. The bike rack is the kind that comes in two separate pieces that hold the wheels. The TT spare goes in the truck. The weight is not significantly different and the stress is spread more broadly over the bumper. It strikes me as safer than a spare tire, but perhaps I'm courting disaster.
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[QUOTE=LKicklight;601740]Prior to installing a two bike frame carrier, we checked our bumper for any information and/or warning, did not find any.

Rockwood didn't place any sticker ON my bumper either, but....they slyly placed one inside my pantry door warning of voiding my warranty for anything being attached to the bumper.
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Bike rack for our camper?

I haven't combed over my frame looking for a warning label, but there was one in the packet of papers I got with the trailer.

(Yes, I did actually read all the papers. I forgot to bring a book the first trip out and they were on hand as reading material.)
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