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Old 07-17-2014, 07:48 AM   #11
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Just bought a 2015 Coachmen Chaparral Signature fifth wheel that came with a Lippert Tailgate System fold down slotted rack. It seems to be unusable as a bike rack which it is advertised to be. When the bicycle tires go down in the slots, the sprocket is resting on the middle bars. This would result in ruined bikes. Called Lippert--they couldn't find any info on it. This comes standard on all the new signature chapparal. Anyone have any ideas??
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Old 07-19-2014, 03:39 PM   #12
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We have that notice on our bumper also and since it's a new trailer we don't want to void the warranty. After watching a fifth wheel go up a nearby street which has a slight grade but relatively smooth, and his bumper mounted bikes were bouncing and flexing the mount backward, we are more than happy just to stick our bikes in the truck and pack around them.
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Old 07-19-2014, 03:42 PM   #13
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Just bought a 2015 Coachmen Chaparral Signature fifth wheel that came with a Lippert Tailgate System fold down slotted rack. It seems to be unusable as a bike rack which it is advertised to be. When the bicycle tires go down in the slots, the sprocket is resting on the middle bars. This would result in ruined bikes. Called Lippert--they couldn't find any info on it. This comes standard on all the new signature chapparal. Anyone have any ideas??
Would you mind posting a couple of pictures?
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Old 07-19-2014, 04:20 PM   #14
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flexing the mount backward
A certain amount of flexing is supposed to happen. If it was too brittle, it would break off immediately. The Boeing 787 wing flexes something like 12 FEET.
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Old 07-19-2014, 07:22 PM   #15
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My Surveyor has a similar factory installed swing down bike rack except the floor is constructed with steel grate. I bought bike carriers that bolt to the floor and work quite well. Don't know if you could adapt them to your rack but i thought I'd let you know. Good luck.

Here's the link on ebay;
Stromberg Carlson Bike Carrier Use with Cargo Carrier CC 100 | eBay

The only down side is that you can't swing the rack back up with them attached as the carriers hit the back of the RV. I just leave it down all the time since when ever we travel, the bikes go with us anyway.
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