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Old 07-31-2016, 11:09 PM   #1
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Bike Racks

Made two cross country trips with our 2013 Sanibel 3500 with a bike rack attached to the factory installed hitch. After our second trip, I noticed that the rack was excessively worn out. I called the manufacturer for replacement parts and was informed that this rack was not to be used on 5th wheels or trailers due to the excessive up/down movement of the units. They informed me that I was fortunate in not losing the bike/unit during my travels due to structural failure of the rack. I reread the instructions that came with the rack and sure enough there was a warning that stated, "Not to be used on any trailer, fifth wheel or towed vehicle" I ended up rebuilding the rack and selling it. Began researching and found that there are bike racks specifically designed for 5th wheel and trailer use. I since bought one, since wifey will not let me bring the bikes inside the unit.

I thought I would share this info, for I for one, did not read all the fine print and was lucky not to have dropped two bikes and rack on to traffic behind me during my travels.

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Old 07-31-2016, 11:15 PM   #2
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We had one break many years ago. I don't trust them anymore and the back just bounces too much so we currently use one that is over the propane tanks on the front of the trailer.

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Old 08-04-2016, 09:02 AM   #3
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Thinking of added a receiver and carrying our bikes on the front of our F350. Need this just for 2 cruisers we take with us when we go to the beach campgrounds. Our good road bikes travel inside the fifth wheel.
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Old 08-04-2016, 09:09 AM   #4
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Yep. We were denied the lifetime warranty using a Saris rack on our Class C that failed on a xcountry trip. We've since bought a rack for half the price that is approved for our use. We immediately noticed better stability and much less bounce from the rack. Time will tell.
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