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Old 08-27-2013, 01:22 PM   #1
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Bike rack for Cedar Creek 34RLSA

I have a 2013 34RLSA with the 1 1/4" hitch receiver, and I am looking for a good bike rack. I would like a platform rack, like the Swagman XTC2, but I'm not sure about clearance for the handlebars and the rear of the camper. Anyone have any experience with hauling bicycles on the back of your Cedar Creek?

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Old 08-27-2013, 04:03 PM   #2
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Indeed. I haul a Trek and an Easy Racer recumbent on a Hollywood folding rack.
My hitch is the last of the 2" models so I had to use the adapter. I also had my local welder attach the 1.25 - 2" adapter permanently. Then I had him add a weld blob on the top where the rack slides into the receiver. Broke out the old file and made a permanent shim which eliminated all bounce. I followed that up with an anti rattle locking pin. The bike wheels ride in hoops and the frame is locked down with the slide bar in the center. Voila.
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I have the Swagman XC Cross Country rack, two bicycles on it. Have about three inches clearance from handle bars. It's the pedals you have to watch on the bottom. I have only about an inch clearance unless I position the pedal low then I have about 3 inches.
I will get a picture in a few days.
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Old 12-08-2013, 11:41 AM   #4
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I have the Swagman XC Cross Country rack, two bicycles on it. Have about three inches clearance from handle bars. It's the pedals you have to watch on the bottom. I have only about an inch clearance unless I position the pedal low then I have about 3 inches.
I will get a picture in a few days.
Hi Ret2006, can you post those pics of the bike rack on your CC? We have the 36CKTS with 1.25 receiver and are trying to figure out which rack to get and how well it will work. Leaning toward a Swagman model also. Would love to hear about your experiences with yours.
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I have been looking at racks as well, I feel this one will work well as two bike is all that will go.
It folds well for a small storage foot print.

Amazon.com: Swagman XC Cross-Country 2-Bike Hitch Mount Rack (1/1/4 and 2-Inch Receiver): Sports & Outdoors
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I have been looking at racks as well, I feel this one will work well as two bike is all that will go.
It folds well for a small storage foot print.

Amazon.com: Swagman XC Cross-Country 2-Bike Hitch Mount Rack (1/1/4 and 2-Inch Receiver): Sports & Outdoors
X2! That's an excellent rack. I have one and love it. I don't use it on my 5er, but use it on my Escape and there is no interference with the rear lift gate. Camping World has it on sale for 149.99 right now and lists as RV Approved.
XC Hitch or Bumper Mount Rack - Swagman 64663 - Bike Racks - Camping World
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X2! That's an excellent rack. I have one and love it. I don't use it on my 5er, but use it on my Escape and there is no interference with the rear lift gate. Camping World has it on sale for 149.99 right now and lists as RV Approved.
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I will need to get a bolt on 2 inch receiver to mount on the bumper of the lite.
Picked up the bikes yesterday.
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Hi Ret2006, can you post those pics of the bike rack on your CC? We have the 36CKTS with 1.25 receiver and are trying to figure out which rack to get and how well it will work. Leaning toward a Swagman model also. Would love to hear about your experiences with yours.
I forgot to get the pictures, thanks for reminding me. Sorry I couldn't find any with the uncovered bikes on it. Hope this helps.





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Just a caution if you're leaving from snow country to warmer climates. Road salt is murder on your bikes. Last year I had my bikes on the rear rack and went to a car wash when I got to Florida and washed everything. When we got home it was still freezing and did not wash them and ended up with rusted hardware and stuck brake cables. Dumb mistake on my part. This year, one bike is in the basement of the 5er and the other is going to be wrapped in plastic shipping wrap and stored in the pick-up bed.
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I forgot to get the pictures, thanks for reminding me. Sorry I couldn't find any with the uncovered bikes on it. Hope this helps.





Thanks for the pics - looks pretty good!

How have things gone with hurling the bikes? I know the Swagman has those clamp-down ratchet mechanisms that help hold the bikes down, but I've read so much about if bikes might hit the trailer (handlebars, pedals), bounce, "whiplash" effect due to length and distance from tow vehicle, etc.

Many were concerned about after-market bumper mounted receivers and all, but with the CC having the receiver frame mounted from the factory, I would think by design that things would work well. With the receiver only being 1.25", it clearly wasn't designed for much more than bikes,
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