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Old 07-13-2018, 03:41 PM   #1
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Bike rack

Tried out my Kuat Transfer 2 bike rack with the Arvika mount for the first time today. Seems pretty solid. Now to do a road trip and see how it holds up. Still allows easy access to the front storage compartment and with the hutch extension stays well clear of the tailgate on the truck and my kayak on its rack.
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Old 07-13-2018, 04:28 PM   #2
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Oksourdough, please let us know how this bike rack holds up on your next road trip. DW keeps wanting me to add a bike rack to the back of our T21TBHW and I keep telling her NO! The bumper won't hold the weight of our two bikes and I would need to re-enforce the back of the camper. If this rack holds up I would be interested in purchasing one to satisfy the DW.
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Old 07-14-2018, 05:31 PM   #3
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DW keeps wanting me to add a bike rack to the back of our T21TBHW and I keep telling her NO! The bumper won't hold the weight of our two bikes and I would need to re-enforce the back of the camper. If this rack holds up I would be interested in purchasing one to satisfy the DW.
On the other hand, your tow vehicle might not take the amount of tongue weight added by this solution (both mounts are around 70'ish lbs total, and the weight of two bikes and all the accessories mounted to them maybe another 60-100 lbs depending). IIRC 21' FR a-frames already have pretty have tongues near 450+ lbs iirc.
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Old 07-14-2018, 06:45 PM   #4
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On the other hand, your tow vehicle might not take the amount of tongue weight added by this solution (both mounts are around 70'ish lbs total, and the weight of two bikes and all the accessories mounted to them maybe another 60-100 lbs depending). IIRC 21' FR a-frames already have pretty have tongues near 450+ lbs iirc.
My Tow vehicle is a 2016 GMC Canyon diesel. No issue with weight.
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Old 07-14-2018, 07:22 PM   #5
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My Tow vehicle is a 2016 GMC Canyon diesel. No issue with weight.
He's talking about payload capacity, not towing capacity.
Just cause it's a mini diesel, doesn't mean it has plenty of payload.
Probably does but one should never assume.
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My Tow vehicle is a 2016 GMC Canyon diesel. No issue with weight.
My reply was directed at Ortep, since he has a heavier tongue weight than you (my assumption from the pics, it looks like you have a non-HW shorter a-frame).


Still curious since you mention your tow vehicle, as I am considering downsizing to a Duramax Colorado/Canyon. What's the max payload on your door sticker?


Per max payload rating in GM documentation (i.e. non-real world), Ortep's config could be marginal with a GM twin (but if only two people who pack light, would be okay).
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Like I said my tv has no issue with tongue weight. Good for just over 800 lbs or 408 kgs. No way a bike rack gets me close to that.
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Like I said my tv has no issue with tongue weight. Good for just over 800 lbs or 408 kgs. No way a bike rack gets me close to that.
800 lbs tongue weight, provided it doesn't put you over GVWR.


I'm going to go look at the twins. At 1200-1300 payload, tongue weight could be a real issue if you have more than two light packers aboard.
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rvsixer, we have a 2017 Ram 2500 CTD, CC, SB, 4x4 to tow with. I think that I have plenty of "weight" to spare to be able to install that bike rack on the aframe. How we pack in the trailer, cab & bed of the truck I still need a step ladder to get into the bed of the truck, no sag on the rear end. I weigh 200 lbs and when I get into the packed bed of the truck it doesn't move. Another 100 lbs won't do a thing to my towing capacity.
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rvsixer, we have a 2017 Ram 2500 CTD, CC, SB, 4x4 to tow with. I think that I have plenty of "weight" to spare to be able to install that bike rack on the aframe. How we pack in the trailer, cab & bed of the truck I still need a step ladder to get into the bed of the truck, no sag on the rear end. I weigh 200 lbs and when I get into the packed bed of the truck it doesn't move. Another 100 lbs won't do a thing to my towing capacity.
Okay agreed. I only pointed it out as there are very few of us here towing with 3/4+ton Diesels (with 1000lb dead weight hitches). Another 150+ lbs tongue weight won't hurt for sure.

With half ton truck or less that most here in the a-frame section are towing with, the 600-650lb tongue weight (plus needed WD hitch) could really be pushing/grossly exceeding payload rating (if more than two passengers who pack light).


PS - I step on the rear tire, and then on into the bed, no step ladder needed (but am tall and over 200lb).
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