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Old 06-14-2012, 03:35 PM   #1
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Hitch Set Up Question

I currently have the Reese Dual Cam setup for my trailer and it tows very well, however I currently have a custom made bike rack from my motor home. Basically it is a solid steel hitch extender (12" long) that has a 2" receiver to put another hitch in. On top of that I have welded a platform bike rack. I used this on the motor and then towed a tow dolly behind and had no issues.

Would the extended the hitch throw off the dual cam and weight distribution? Does anybody have thoughts or comments, safety, etc...

The other option I am thinking of doing is having the rear bumper reinforced and mount the bike rack back there. We have two heavier bikes and need a platform type rack.

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Old 06-14-2012, 07:38 PM   #2
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I do not think it would be made to handle the amount of weight our trailers have. I also think you will have hitch problems with the added length.

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Old 06-14-2012, 08:14 PM   #3
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I wouldn't use a hitch extender with a WDH.

Even with a reinforced rear bumper on the trailer, the bikes will still do some swinging back there.

The tow vehicle or inside of the trailer is probably the best place to carry bikes. There have also been some recent threads on bikes being carried on the trailer tongue over the propane tanks.

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Old 06-15-2012, 10:06 AM   #4
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Thinking over the LP tanks might be a viable option, but as far as the back of the trailer I was going to use a platform style (cargo carrier) type rack where the bikes are not hanging. My DW and I always comment when we see a 5'er or TT with 4 bikes bouncing on a hanging type rack and I try to get around them as quick as possible as I don't want to run over the bikes when they fall off. I would put them on top of the Expedition but I am vertically challenged at 5'8".

As far as the extender handling the weight I was not concerned, it literally is a solid steel extender customer made about 40lbs but I was worried about the WDH and throwing off the weight distribution. I think mtnguy is right about the WDH I just wanted a second opinion.
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