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Old 06-02-2014, 03:41 PM   #21
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Need to haul 4 bikes with us when we go camping. Dealer told us that our TT (Apex Ultra-Lite 259BHSS) couldn't handle more than 100# on the back bumper or it would void the warranty. Past 2 trips I've been sticking the bikes inside, but already made one scratch that's driving me crazy...don't want to have the bikes doing any more damage.

I've seen one 4-bike rack on-line that sits above the propane tanks, but it didn't look like it was worth the $500 price tag...

Suggestions?
This question comes up frequently and I am not sure there is a one size fits all solution. Generally anything mounted to the back of your travel trailer is a problem in the making. creating something heavy duty enough to hold a 4 bike carrier and attaching will void any frame warranty etc. Plus add a lot of weight to the rear of the trailer, which can be it's own problem.

For us, I have been successful putting 4 bikes in the bed of my truck. not an option for some.

I would re-evaluate your interior storage option. Some people have posted some pretty ingenious interior mounting ideas.
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Old 06-28-2014, 08:49 AM   #22
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I got creative and made my own hitch on the back of my 320 BHDS. It attaches with 7 bolts to hold my bike rack that holds 4 bikes. It was a little tricky since the rear of the 320 runs up at an angle.
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Old 06-28-2014, 03:54 PM   #23
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I got creative and made my own hitch on the back of my 320 BHDS. It attaches with 7 bolts to hold my bike rack that holds 4 bikes. It was a little tricky since the rear of the 320 runs up at an angle.
I would very much appreciate any information/plans you would share with me for this. I have wanted to do this with our 320 as well.

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Old 06-28-2014, 04:02 PM   #24
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Looks like a lot of work, I just bought a Swagman and bolted it on.
Took it on a 3500 mile trip with no problems with the frame, bumper or the rack.



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IMO, you're just lucky and need to play the lottery.

Hope you're not too attached to the bicycles is all I can say.
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Old 06-28-2014, 04:50 PM   #26
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IMO, you're just lucky and need to play the lottery.

Hope you're not too attached to the bicycles is all I can say.
I can assure you they are well attached.







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Ford Idaho,

Watch the caps on your bumper. If they fall out or are consistently "almost out" at every campground; you are torquing your bumper. At some point the bumper weld seam or the bumper attachment welds are going to let go.

For the OP, have your spouse or another driver follow you down the road and watch the bounce on your bikes. Excessive movement in the vertical will be magnified by the distance to the rear axle attachment point.

Keep a close eye on your frame and the attachment bolts for your receiver.

Gray powder at the bolts means bad news happening in your bolt holes.
Watch for cracks radiating from the bolt holes. Watch for frame cracks just aft of the axles.

Good luck.
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Watch the caps on your bumper. If they fall out or are consistently "almost out" at every campground; you are torquing your bumper. At some point the bumper weld seam or the bumper attachment welds are going to let go.
Ah, so you have owned a trailer the same make model and year as mine, that's cool.

An FYI for you.

The end caps will fall out with nothing on the bumper but dust according to the service tech who did the our PDI AND he was right, I kicked both in before we left the lot and both were about half way out after a 42 mile drive.


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For the OP, have your spouse or another driver follow you down the road and watch the bounce on your bikes. Excessive movement in the vertical will be magnified by the distance to the rear axle attachment point.

Keep a close eye on your frame and the attachment bolts for your receiver.

Gray powder at the bolts means bad news happening in your bolt holes.
Watch for cracks radiating from the bolt holes. Watch for frame cracks just aft of the axles.

Good luck.
I agree that not every trailer should haul bikes on the bumper, but I am not of the school that swears no trailer should have a bike rack on the bumper because someone had one fall off.

I have driven this country from one side to the other, from top to bottom and have not seen one trailer that had a bumper fall off.
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I can assure you they are well attached...
Wasn't referring to how they are held to the rack as they will probably still be on the rack/bumper, but the bumper will not be attached to the trailer.

Good luck and buy a lottery ticket for me please.
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Wasn't referring to how they are held to the rack as they will probably still be on the rack/bumper, but the bumper will not be attached to the trailer.
OH?

And just how is it you are so positive?

How many bumpers have you seen that were torn off a trailer by a bike rack with a couple of bikes in it?


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