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Old 08-12-2016, 10:26 AM   #21
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It's simply marketing strategy " there is a receiver hitch on our units" It satisfies the statement, but does little to address functionality. If you were to look at the welds and tube wall thickness on the so called receiver hitch ... you'd hesitate just putting the rack itself on. I cut mine completely off ... fabbed and installed a rear hitch. Yeah I know "you'll void your frame warranty" ... I guess mine's voided.
I always chuckle when the "void your frame warranty" guys speak up. First, the warranty is typically only a year. Second, I believe my frame's a LOT better now with the extra steel than it was before!!
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Old 08-12-2016, 11:21 AM   #22
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What kind of monster bikes do you guys ride, 25 lbs per bike is a lot unless your talking motorbike.


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I don't think you realize how much the average adult bicycle weighs.

I have an expensive x-country race mtn bike that weighs 25lbs.
It has many lightweight parts on it.

Expensive road bikes are the only ones that are under 20lbs.

Most adult bikes weigh around 40lbs.
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Old 08-12-2016, 12:03 PM   #23
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Old 08-12-2016, 12:15 PM   #24
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Same as mine. Yours says 150 but the 1 did not print well. Look at mine below and see where some of the other letters on mine did not print well. You can see the leg on the top of the 1 on yours and barely see the line

Also on your sticker look at the word Limit below the 150. It did not print properly also. You can actually see a void line down that whole column on your tag
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Old 08-12-2016, 12:33 PM   #25
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The Swagman as mentioned by John S is great. And it will hold a lot more than 50lbs. My two bikes total about 70lbs and have dragged them 10K plus miles without an issue.
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Old 08-12-2016, 12:38 PM   #26
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X3 on the Swagman XC. Several trips with two bikes - no issues. I do strap the bikes together and to the MH (ladder and rear door). Strapping minimizes bounce.
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Old 08-12-2016, 02:01 PM   #27
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On the back of my Sunseeker 2300 I've used the Swagman XC to carry 2 (45#+ ea, aluminum w/o batteries) for about 30,000 miles with no problems. They are rated for RV use, 35# per bike. The tire ovals do sag about 1/2" to the load side, but are still solid. I do add a couple of straps to secure the bikes to the upright just in case, but never an issue that required them.

On the bike weight issue, I have an aluminum Schwinn road bike that I carry on the ladder rack - 35#, and a couple of "Walmart cruisers", retired, at 45# each, so would consider anything under 35# as unusual for casual bicycle use.
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Old 08-12-2016, 03:42 PM   #28
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On my Silverback I built a simple rack that is stronger than anything you can buy but the weak link is the hitch in so far as bouncing. I installed an eyebolt at each end of the bumper and strap from these around the bikes in addition to securing to the rack. Very sturdy and added insurance.
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Old 08-12-2016, 04:44 PM   #29
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I ordered the bike hitch on my 2017 34RE. The CC rep said 250 lbs. It is pretty flimsy. I would go with an aftermarket 2 inche hitch. I do carry a mountain bike and a beach Comer bike, but I have to ratchet strap it to keep it from bouncing around. I think it was a $230.00 option and not happy with it
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Old 08-15-2016, 12:37 PM   #30
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Ok I finally got an offical answer from Forest River on what weight can the 1 1/4" hitch receiver handle, it's 250lbs.


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