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Old 03-31-2014, 01:13 PM   #1
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Unhappy Bike rack for our camper?

I would like to put a bike rack (one that holds 2 bikes), on the back of our 2014 Tracer 230FBS travel trailer. Was going to have the dealer put a 2" receiver on it,(as it is brand new, and we've not picked it up yet), but the dealer says he won't do it, as it voids the warranty.
I think I have seen other campers with a hitch/receiver on the back, but if it will void the warranty, I don't think I want to do it. What alternatives do I have???
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Old 03-31-2014, 01:59 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 03-31-2014, 02:27 PM   #3
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There's a lot of discussions throughout the forums on bike carriers and you'll see several different options suggested. From what I recall (posted in no particular order)

1) Put the bikes in the TT.
2) Put the bikes in the bed of the truck.
3) Mount to the front of the truck.
4) Mount that goes over the propane bottles.
5) Mount that clamps to rear bumper (tends to unadvised.)
6) Mount to rear ladder (tends to be unadvised)
7) Put a hitch on anyways and forget about warranty (tends to be unadvised.)

We go with #1, but out TT has a bike door specifically for that option. Most don't.
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Old 03-31-2014, 02:32 PM   #4
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I just had a 2" receiver installed on the front of my truck for this exact purpose. I used a platform in the 2" receiver on the back of our Class C and carried bicycles all over the place. But as you say, it is a no-no on the back of most trailers.

The platform goes on the front of the truck and sits low enough to not block my view. I did add fiberglass poles on each front corner so I know how far the platform sticks out.

I am very happy with this soultion. As my wife is physically challenged, she has a tricycle. It was a major hassle to get it in the bed of the truck, over the 5th wheel hitch and tied down. Now I just roll it onto the platform and tie it down.
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Old 03-31-2014, 02:55 PM   #5
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Just last week, one of the guys on another posting turned us on to this front receiver hitch from Bodiak. It's really cool and looks like its made in good ole USA. Check it out.
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Old 03-31-2014, 03:02 PM   #6
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I would like to put a bike rack (one that holds 2 bikes), on the back of our 2014 Tracer 230FBS travel trailer. Was going to have the dealer put a 2" receiver on it,(as it is brand new, and we've not picked it up yet), but the dealer says he won't do it, as it voids the warranty.
I think I have seen other campers with a hitch/receiver on the back, but if it will void the warranty, I don't think I want to do it. What alternatives do I have???
What do you tow your Tracer with?
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Old 03-31-2014, 04:22 PM   #7
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There are plenty of dealers that will install a reciever hitch. Ive welded them on and so long as you weld it correctly and tie into the frame correctly they work good. I also would never advise hanging four bikes off of one. I tend to only hang two and put the third in the truck or the camper. It would only void your warranty if the modification itself led to a failure. There are laws against voiding the warranty for installing something comepletely un-realted.

I would never ever trust a bolt on hitch. The bumper itself is not strong enough to handle the twisting.
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Take a good look at the bumper on the trailer, I'd bet it is only 16 gage steel.

Not gonna hold for long, do pick another option.
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Old 03-31-2014, 05:13 PM   #9
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What do you tow your Tracer with?
I have a 2014 Silverado 2500HD Crew Cab.
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There are plenty of dealers that will install a reciever hitch. Ive welded them on and so long as you weld it correctly and tie into the frame correctly they work good. I also would never advise hanging four bikes off of one. I tend to only hang two and put the third in the truck or the camper. It would only void your warranty if the modification itself led to a failure. There are laws against voiding the warranty for installing something comepletely un-realted.

I would never ever trust a bolt on hitch. The bumper itself is not strong enough to handle the twisting.


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