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Old 05-28-2016, 05:14 PM   #1
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2016 30qbss bumper bike rack

Hello all, just bought our first new camper! We love it already, getting it all set up but had one question: I have a Swagman 4-bike rack that I purchased and installed (haven't gone anywhere yet) and I've heard horror stories about bike racks being too much weight for the bumper so I'm seeing if anybody's done it and how it worked out for them. A few bikes doesn't seem like it would be too much but you never know. Click image for larger version

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Old 05-28-2016, 05:31 PM   #2
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Have you ever watched how much a trailer bounces going down the road? They have no shocks.

As an avid cyclist, I can tell you that your setup looks way too weak to carry 4 bouncing bikes weighing 75 to 100 lbs, down the road safely.
Especially the spindly rack.
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I've had this rack on the back of my truck and it works, it holds the bikes no problem. I'm more worried if the bumper will be alright, I can't seem to find any weight capacity.


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Old 05-28-2016, 06:16 PM   #4
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I've had this rack on the back of my truck and it works, it holds the bikes no problem. I'm more worried if the bumper will be alright, I can't seem to find any weight capacity.


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Your truck has shocks, the trailer does not.
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this is my bike rack that attaches to the truck bumper. it's a Swagman and quite a bit beefier than yours.

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Old 05-28-2016, 08:35 PM   #6
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If you end up going with your bumper bike rack (or any bumper bike rack) recommend you remove your spare tire and store it up front in the storage compartment if you have one. Get the extra weight of the spare off your bumper.
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Old 05-29-2016, 12:34 PM   #7
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I don't think that the weight on the bumper is the issue. Most bike racks warn not to use on a trailer due to bouncing, they may break. Make sure you buy a back rack that specifically states it can be used on a trailer.
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Wow! You have an aluminum bumper and you are attaching a steel/aluminum bike rack to. Many posts on this. It is unsafe. Insurance companies won't cover this. Attorney's will love ya and the person who hits your falling bikes will hate ya. Aluminum bumpers are even unsafe for the spare tire they get mounted to except near the end where they are mounted close to the frame. There is too much flex and not enough strength to this type of bumper. Think about a frame mounted hitch and bike rack.
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We had a similar problem. We mounted a hitch reciever to the front of our Ram 1500 and put the rack and bikes up there.
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I don't think Salem trailers have aluminium bumpers. Swagman has various bike hitches made specifically for square bumpers on trailers. Swagman's instructions is that there be a continuous weld where the bumper attaches to the frame.

Some more testimony (good or bad) from actual users of a bumper bike hitch would e great.
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