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Old 07-29-2013, 05:31 PM   #21
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So I'm looking to do the same set up...with the support rack. The bike rack you have mounted on there...how long are the support arms for the bikes to rest on? I need to have 4 bikes...and wanted to mount them that same way...but am worried that they will hit the car when I turn.

Looks like a great set up idea. Wonder why others aren't building this same thing?
What TT do you have? Since the support rack is a 2" receiver you could get a bike rack that supports 4 bikes. My bike rack mounts on a ball hitch so I could turn it around so the additional bikes are mounted away from the TV.
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You will need a ball mount bike rack type to do this set up and your TT has to have the cargo cage option to have space for 4 bikes, I think the 4th bike will hit the top of the storage unless it is a small bike or mount the bike upside down.

BTW the support rack could be use for a cargo basket instead of a bike rack, how cool is that
http://www.discountramps.com/folding-basket.htm
If only my TV could handle the extra weight I would use this option
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:26 PM   #22
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That is VERY cool. What brand of bike rack are you using? I'm considering having a support rack fabricated locally that would sit a little higher up. That way it would clear it for sure. Any issues with bugs and things getting on your bike when they are up there? We are considering buying an A128 tomorrow...trying to make sure the bike situation is figured out before I purchase...as we had EXTREME issues with the last trailer we owned and bike hauling!
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:19 PM   #23
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I got my bike rack way back in 1994 and a very simple one. My SUV is high enough to protect the bike from bugs but if you make it higher then you may have to clean them off.

Good luck on getting your A128. Is the length of A128S an issue for you? I found the storage and screen room options a big asset to have. What is your TV? The storage is front heavy.

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Old 07-29-2013, 08:44 PM   #24
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It actually doesn't have the storage...so there is no problem there. TV is a 2003 Expedition. Should have plenty of power...and probably will be tall enough...as long as I don't go too crazy with the height of the bikes!

And thanks for the help. I'm looking forward to getting more info once we get the rig and find out more things we want to do with it!
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Old 07-30-2013, 05:15 PM   #25
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so .. you cant carry propane if you carry bikes ... thats what im seeing from the pics ... although im thinking that you definately have enough space ...

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With the bikes on my TT is between 340-380 lbs tongue heavy and my TV has a limit of 350 lbs. My next TV will have at least over 800 lbs tongue limit so I could have both propane in front and the front storage full with heavy stuff like my generator. I hate that I have to put only light stuff in the front storage and move my tanks to the back.
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Old 08-13-2013, 09:48 PM   #27
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Would one of these help in letting you put more than 350 lbs. in front of your A-Frame? If the two propane tanks weigh close to 300 lbs.(???) The rack isn't worth $2,000 more if you have a pickup truck then without the rack.

PS: What does (TV) stand for. Sorry I'm hard headed.
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Old 08-13-2013, 09:59 PM   #28
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TV stands for Tow Vehicle...

Here's a question...with as light as our A Frames are, if the tongue weight is more than 10-15% of the weight of the trailer, will it affect the handling of towing? I'm looking at almost 400-450 in tongue weight...but the trailer only weighs 2500...
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Old 08-13-2013, 11:08 PM   #29
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Check the manual for the specs on the trailer. A tongue weight of more than 15% of the GVWR may invalidate your frame warranty. My A122S has a GVWR of 3,283 lbs. 15% of that is 492 lbs, so you may be under the limit for yours. It would help if you posted your camper model in your forum signature. As to towing, look into a weight distributing hitch to help maintain the weight on the front axle of your TV. I can't say if the balance is a sway problem, but it would take a lot of sway to disturb that long heavy Expedition.
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Sorry...I need to do that! I have an A128. I know the issue won't be with the expedition, but rather with the trailer. I'll check the manual. Thank you!
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