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Old 02-15-2016, 12:50 PM   #1
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1-1/4" Bike Rack Hitch Receiver

I'm shopping for a new Silverback 33IK, choosing the options I see this
"1-1/4" Bike Rack Hitch Receiver" and I am wondering if it has any practical use, does anyone use this for a bike rack? I don't think this would be just this brand or model specific, any feed back would be appreciated.
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Nice looking camper. I think other models can ordered with it but don't know if you could use for anything else. Later RJD
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One came on my 33IK ... pretty flimsey. It's welded (not very good welds) to the 4" box channel that supports your sewer hose tube. I cut mine off and installed a real hitch directly to the frame. We pull a small SeaDoo squirt boat.
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Nice looking camper. I think other models can ordered with it but don't know if you could use for anything else. Later RJD
I'm using for a bike rack. Why wouldn't you use it? Rated for 150lbs. Just make sure everything is secure...
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One came on my 33IK ... pretty flimsey. It's welded (not very good welds) to the 4" box channel that supports your sewer hose tube. I cut mine off and installed a real hitch directly to the frame. We pull a small SeaDoo squirt boat.
Sewer hose tube? Are you talking about what most would call a bumper?
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Look, do yourself a favor and buy 2 or 3 adjustable RATCHET STRAPS and secure the bikes together AND to keep the rack from swaying side to side ( like a see saw effect ). I DO NOW. First experience with my Silverback 33 rl, SAME HITCH, bike handlebar jumped up and hit my decal. No REAL damage, BUT AGGRAVATING!!
ALSO, check the tension at each re fuel. You will be fine. PLEASE LEARN FROM MY MISTAKE.
Also, after each night, check the nuts on your bike rack OR USE A LIQUID FASTENER TO SECURE THEM BEFORE HEADING OUT!
Lot's of vibration and movement behind that 5er! 4000 miles later, no other problem!!
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I'm using for a bike rack. Why wouldn't you use it? Rated for 150lbs. Just make sure everything is secure...
I mentioned not using it for anything else but bike rack. Later RJD
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Dalford ... the sewer hose tube (you call it a bumper) is attached to the main frame via 4" channel. The sewer tube is welded to the channel and the channel is welded to the main frame ... the pseudo 1 1/4" hich is welded between the 4" channels ... just like yours.
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The trick is finding a bike carrier that is "suitable for RV use" that fits the 1 1/4". I couldn't, and ended up with an adaptor. That makes it too sloppy and really stick out. Lots of straps needed to keep it from bouncing. Long story short, I'm going to cut the factory one off and add something less flimsy.
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Bike rack

SWAGMAN XTC fits both sizes well.
Still need straps BUT, ez on and off and bikes wheel slots easily adjust.
$167 on Amazon. ( don't scrimp on $$) same mfgr, less expensive, not as good.
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