Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-07-2011, 12:21 PM   #1
Member
 
Rustymax's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Close to North / South Carolina border and Blue Ridge Mountains
Posts: 51
Ladders and Bike racks

In viewing forum owner’s photos of their LaCrosse, and those on the PT web site, I notice no rear ladder or rear mounted bike racks. Apparently PT does not offer a ladder or bike rack option, so these items must be dealer options; right? Have any PT owners added either of these two accessories and were there any obstacles to over come? I am also curious as to what modifications, if any, owners have made to wheel chocks especially the X- chock style to accommodate the spread of the EZ tow axles.
__________________

__________________
Rustymax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2011, 10:51 PM   #2
Member
 
Notuck's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 57
No info on the ladder or bike rack, but there are X chocks built for the wider axles. I have a pair of them and I am really happy with them. With them and the stabilizers my LaCrosse feels solid as a rock.
__________________

__________________
Notuck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2011, 11:54 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 116
I made this "receiver". It does not have any holes drilled into the frame of the trailer nor any welds to the frame of the trailer. Two 3/8" plates sandwich the tongue of the trailer with 4 bolts per side.



And then purchased a HollyWood Racks Sportrider 4 Bike rack.

The whole setup works great. No bouncing and I can see them in the mirror!

John
__________________
2011 Primetime LaCrosse 318BHS Touring Ed
Joined the PT family on 10/2010
2006 Chevrolet 2500HD 4x4 T/V

John
foxhead is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2011, 01:37 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
flyrotor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 755
Foxhead, that looks pretty good.
__________________
flyrotor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2011, 04:16 PM   #5
Member
 
Rustymax's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Close to North / South Carolina border and Blue Ridge Mountains
Posts: 51
Notuck thanks for responding, I located the expanded x chocks and now is in my browser favorites.

Foxhead – I like your setup for the bike rack. I was considering adding a rear receiver to the trailer but I like the idea of being able to keep track of the bikes while driving. I was planning on adding a two battery tray behind the tanks, but I think the bike rack frame can be modified to accommodate both options.

Now for the ladder issue, I am thinking that the internal frame at the rear of the trailer will not support a ladder attachment, hence no dealer option. Further forum research revealed that for some folks, aftermarket ladder add-on, have not worked out too well. So now I’m back to the rear bumper receiver idea. Perhaps a rear receiver that supports a cargo tray can be modified to allow a vertical support arm (post) where a standard folding aluminum ladder can be lashed (tied/ bungeed) too. This way I can reach the roof (if needed) and I can also clean the toppers off. Forum members has anyone out there ever tried this or seen this set up?
__________________
Rustymax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2011, 04:41 PM   #6
Site Team - Lou
 
Herk7769's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: South Eastern PA
Posts: 21,165
Another terrific reason TTs stay very popular.
__________________

Lou and Laura with Bella - German Short Hair Pointer
2008 GMC Sierra 2500HD Crewcab SB Allison Duramax
2010 Flagstaff 8526RLWS - Superglide 3300
HAM CALLSIGN - KC3FFW
Herk7769 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2011, 05:50 PM   #7
Moderators' Assistant
 
bikendan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Camano Island, Washington
Posts: 13,265
you need to contact Prime Time and ask if doing a frame mod, such as welding a receiver to it and the bumper, voids the frame warranty.

for most lightweight TTs and 5th wheels, it does.
don't know anything about Prime Time trailers, though.
__________________
bikendan is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2011, 08:18 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
flyrotor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 755
Quote:
Originally Posted by bikendan View Post
you need to contact Prime Time and ask if doing a frame mod, such as welding a receiver to it and the bumper, voids the frame warranty.

for most lightweight TTs and 5th wheels, it does.
don't know anything about Prime Time trailers, though.
It bolts around the frame, no welds, no drilling
__________________
flyrotor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-2011, 11:34 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
rracer5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Full Timing It
Posts: 1,902
RV Guy has answered in a previous post that they DO NOT build their units with reinforcements for ladders.
__________________
"PT Crew Members Since 9/2010"[/I][/B]
2011 RAM 2500 HD 6.7L CTD Crew
2014 Sanibel 3250
rracer5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2011, 11:21 AM   #10
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 48
Having a ladder on a unit seems to send the message that the manufacturer is giving you their blessing on accessing the roof whenever it pleases you. Although the roof is technically strong enough to walk on, it's not a place you should be accessing on a regular basis. I'm not saying you were, but I don't the manufacturers trust the average uninformed customer.

We had our dealer install a hitch on the rear of our TT for about $350. It's plenty strong enough and in combo with our softride bike rack, it's a great 4 bike setup.
__________________

__________________
mister_d is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
bike, bike rack

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:14 PM.