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Old 03-03-2019, 09:28 AM   #1
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Replace 1" bike hitch with 2"

Has anyone replaced their bike hitch with a standard 2" receiver? I want to carry a 125# scooter behind my CC 34RL. They make a nice rack with a tip down ramp. Lippert says it would void my warrantee but were already out of that.
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Old 03-03-2019, 05:00 PM   #2
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I certainly will not tell you to jump right in and have a 2 inch receiver installed. However I will say this, I am having the exact same change made to our 33IK. There are several companies who make the 2 inch receiver for RV's We purchased one that needs welded. My welder is also going to make 2 reinforcing plates to beef up the chassis. I am also having two additional 2 inch receivers welded on either side of the main receiver. These will be used for side supports for our rack to keep it from rocking side to side. We are not looking to double tow and am not planning on a lot of weight on the rack. I just like things to be solid when on the road,

Our 1 1/2 bike hitch shook and flexed so much that it broke bolts on our bike rack. Made a temporary bolt on support for both sides to make it solid.
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Old 03-03-2019, 09:02 PM   #3
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I always thought that two receivers properly installed would reduce the sway/rocking action on a rear mounted bike or luggage rack. Please post some pics after you get yours installed.
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Old 03-04-2019, 09:43 PM   #4
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I welded an adapter to 2 inch in mine carries the bike rack fine.
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Old 03-05-2019, 05:00 PM   #5
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They make an adapter that will increase your 1 1/2 inch up to a 2". If your current receiver is rated to carry more than you plan on loading,,, you just need the adapter.
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Old 03-05-2019, 05:02 PM   #6
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Old 03-05-2019, 07:59 PM   #7
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They make an adapter that will increase your 1 1/2 inch up to a 2". If your current receiver is rated to carry more than you plan on loading,,, you just need the adapter.

My concerrn with this type of adapter is it makes the hitch longer thus increasing the 'lever' effect of your load and very possibly giving the bike carrier more shake!
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Old 03-05-2019, 09:18 PM   #8
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I understand what you are saying. My bike carrier has a bolt that goes through the hitch that holds it tight to one side. That does a good job of reducing shacking. The adapters can have the same set up. My Saris came with the step up and it used a bolt at the 1 1/2 end and the rack had the bolt on the 2 " side. Once tight... it didn't move. If you don't have the nut that goes inside the square tube, you can buy them at a bike shop. It is pretty common. A lot of cars only have a 1 1/2 inch receiver and the racks are 2" May I suggest you go to a bike shop and let them show you.
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Old 03-06-2019, 08:06 PM   #9
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FYI:
Those 1 1/2" receivers you are talking about are 1 1/4".
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Old 03-11-2019, 09:41 PM   #10
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I believe they put the small hitch on so we don’t haul a boat.
I switched mine to a 2” and beefed it up front and back.
I like Rich’s idea of welding 2 more receivers along side.
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Old 03-11-2019, 10:09 PM   #11
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This is more than the OP has in mind, but it works for me as I pull a SeaDoo squirt boat. I got rid of the OEM hitch mounting plates already on the rear frame that also held the sewer tube on and started over. The welds on the OEM plates were beyond sad. I welded new stubs onto the sewer tube and welded them back on the rear frame. I made my own hitch with bike rack and bolted it onto the IBeams. I had to cut the sewer tube to allow for the hitch tongue, but it all works for us. The double receiver design rolling around is a good idea.
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Old 03-13-2019, 07:28 AM   #12
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I bought an adjustable (width) 2" hitch that bolts to the box tubing extension that CC added for the 1 & 1/4 bike rack. I have used this type on another brand of 5th wheel satisfactorily. The extension is so flimsy that I was afraid to install it. I ended up putting a front receiver on my truck that is rated for 500# vertical load. I will use it to carry a Cricket golf cart. It should be exciting with 48" sticking out in front of the truck.
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Old 03-13-2019, 08:57 AM   #13
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I called my Dealer and the tech guy, whom is very good, told me the 1.25 receiver is good for 3-400 lbs. 300lbs is good for me. But I get less shaking is good so Iím sure I will need to tighten it up somehow.
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Old 03-13-2019, 08:30 PM   #14
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My fiver could have been the odd one out, but take a look at the welds between the OEM receiver and frame. Little to no penetration. If you can arrange it … follow a FR product with the OEM receiver and bikes attached to it down the road a ways. The stay back 300' sign on a sand and salt spreader will come to mind.
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Old 03-17-2019, 08:35 PM   #15
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11/2".... flimsy bar that most are welded onto has way too much movement due to the lack of sustenance. Forget putting a 2" receiver on that inadequate bar. Instead think about upgrading the entire receiver hitch system to something with substance even if it means something custom from a local weld shop.
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