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Old 01-31-2015, 08:32 AM   #1
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bike rack hitch weight limit

Does anyone know the weight limit on the Silverback 31RK 1 1/4 inch factory bike hitch? I'm wondering if it can handle a aluminum cargo rack and a honda 3000 generator.
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Old 01-31-2015, 08:59 AM   #2
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Usually it states on the hitch itself. I have a 2 inch one before they switch to the 1 1/4. Mine is 300lbs. But that does help you much
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Old 01-31-2015, 09:38 AM   #3
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Capacity of Rear Bike Hitch on Silverback 33RL
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Old 01-31-2015, 11:01 AM   #4
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I should be able to put 2 Honda 2000i on that, and lock them down and away from the bedroom if I spend the night at a Walmart


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Old 01-31-2015, 06:56 PM   #5
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I carry 2 bikes on my rack. No issue. They do bounce so I place a ratchet strap back under the rv using soft tie loops. Takes 80% of bounce out. Unless you are in Michigan. Then, pray. 👎 The smallest bike goes into the back of the truck OR if no portable ladder, it goes sideways on the rack.
I also USE HEAVY CHAIN AND GOOD LOCKS to secure BOTH the rack to the truck and bikes to the rack. Was considering an electric bike but not worth the aggravation it will cause mostly because of theft!
Worst part of camping are the stalking thieves!! Boooo!


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Old 01-31-2015, 08:22 PM   #6
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bike or carrying rack.

I have a 2012 Avenger with came with a factory 250# folding bike rack. Works great for bikes. Also, I have carried a Champion 3500 watt generator on the rack when not using the bikes. Had no problems.
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Old 02-14-2015, 05:06 PM   #7
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My 32RL is 50lbs, can you believe that? What can you load on that


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50 lbs. Holy Cow! That's worthless. My ez-racer weighs 45 lbs. alone.
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Old 02-14-2015, 09:00 PM   #9
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I believe you are off by 100 pounds. My Silverback, 33rl, carries 150 pounds.
Send an e mail to denise davis who runs the service center in Topeka.
Her e mail address is: dldavis@forestriverinc.com
Try that for clarification.
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The sticker says fifty pounds, maybe the sticker is wrong


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Old 02-14-2015, 11:33 PM   #11
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Never doubted you. But, come on, 50 pounds?! Why bother installing a hitch?! 2 bikes and a rack likely go 60��. Been thousands of miles with mine over VERY ROUGH ROADS and zip, nada! We always carry 2 bicycles on a rack that holds the wheels.
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I will reinforce the hitch a little but maybe bolt on something, I plan to put two Honda's on but it will all weigh less than 100lbs, I think it should be okay but that's next year.


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What you want to avoid as much as possible is the HUGE amount of bounce on ANY RACK, bicycle, platform or home design. As previously mentioned, I take a huge % of the flex out by using ratchet straps and soft loop ties. Just keep that in mind that the flex will be there whether you see it or not. Come up with something that works for you.
This is NOT unique to fifth wheels.
A friend JUST SPENT many thousands on a contraption to carry his golf cart and tow 4 wheels down on a 40 ft diesel MH. Was reported and stopped out of state. Golf cart was waving so bad, concerned citizens thought he was going to lose it and cause a wreck.
He WAS IN LEGAL COMPLIANCE. No citation. He went to the fabricator and had special braces added.
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Old 02-23-2015, 09:37 PM   #14
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We purchased SB 31RK several months ago and was told by dealer the rear hitch is for bike and has max wtg of 50lbs.
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We purchased SB 31RK several months ago and was told by dealer the rear hitch is for bike and has max wtg of 50lbs.
I am glad I got the 2 inch receiver on mine. With a 300 lbs capacity. We bring 2 bikes that weigh 35 each. The bike rack itself weighs 30. I am not sure what they expect to put on a 50 pound limit
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I plan to beef up the hitch on mine but I still will not put more than 100lb on it. I will call the factory and find out what I can do, 50lb is a joke


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I plan to beef up the hitch on mine but I still will not put more than 100lb on it. I will call the factory and find out what I can do, 50lb is a joke


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I also would be interested to hear what they have to say.
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DW and I don't ride bikes and I have extra room in my long bed 3500 I could just put the Honda's on the hitch when I dry camp or when I get to a campground and don't want to haul the Honda's around, it's a thought.


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I will reinforce the hitch a little but maybe bolt on something, I plan to put two Honda's on but it will all weigh less than 100lbs, I think it should be okay but that's next year.


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