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Old 10-25-2017, 03:13 PM   #1
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Bike rack options for a Wildcat 29RLX that won't void any warranty

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My wife and I just bought our first fifth wheel - a 2018 Wildcat 29RLX. We really want to be able to take our bikes with us when we travel. Of particular note - one of the bikes is a 4in fat tire e-bike (56lbs) - so the bike rack has to be able to handle that. We would really rather not put bikes with dirty tires inside the fiver.

Can anyone recommend any bike rack options? preferably ones that don't void any warranties on the trailer. I've read that some trailer bumpers are not designed for downward weight on the bumper and would need to be reinforced before adding a bike rack. Are the Wildcat bumpers strong enough for this without additional modifications?

I'm currently using a folding platform rack for three bikes on our pickup - that mounts to the 2in receiver. I've been looking at adapters to add a 2in receiver to the 29RLX's bumper - https://www.etrailer.com/RV-and-Camp...urt/E-100.html but I'm not sure how sturdy this would really be.

I've seen pictures of folding racks that attach to the two bumper struts but haven't found anyplace on line that sells them.

Any thoughts or recommendations would be appeciated.

Thank you.
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Old 10-26-2017, 12:38 PM   #2
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You have yourself a bit of a dilemma here as you are wanting to mount a bike rack, and three bikes to the bumper of the 5th wheel, yet, not void the 5th wheel (frame) warranty. There are only a few bike racks that are warranted for use of RV's, and the one that comes readily to mind is Swagman. However, the issue you are going to face is attaching the rack to the bumper as it seems you do not have hitch already installed. The hitch, you are showing from E-trailer, is not something I would use based on what you are looking at attaching to it. You say your fat tire bike is 56 pounds, plus the weight of two others and the rack itself. I think that might be a bit much for the add on hitch. Also, you really have to look at what weight restriction the rack itself has. You are not going to find too many bike racks that have a 100 pound, or more allowable capacity and still be under warranty. One option may be the drop down rack that Wildcat Maxx offers that has a 150 pound wight capacity. I have seem where some people rigged up a bike rack system on this rack, and the repack does not affect the Wildcat warranty. I had FR262GLX that the rack came on and to was pretty sturdy. Do a search on the internet for bike racks for kingpin mounts. Some are pretty exotic, and in my opinion cost prohibitive and you are welding to the kingpin, so warranty may be an issue again. Here is an example: DIY Fifth Wheel Pin Box Bike Rack – pictures | Learn To RV and here is another option: https://www.usrack.com/responsive/fi...iAAEgK5TfD_BwE Hope this gives you some ideas and helps..
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Old 10-26-2017, 01:03 PM   #3
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have you considered a hitch on the front of the truck? I have no experience but have read of lots of people doing this.
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Old 10-26-2017, 01:26 PM   #4
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Email Forest River and ask if they have an add-on for it. If they don't and your frame is made by LCI, then check with LCI. Prime Time didn't offer a carrier, but LCI does. If you use one of them, you won't have warranty problems with it.
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Old 10-26-2017, 01:41 PM   #5
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I have a 2016 29rlx and have the same dilemma. Please let me know what you find out.

I am torn between the front reliever mount (worried about ground clearance issues) or having someone weld a class 2 or 3 hitch to my fifth wheel frame and probably void the warranty. I would never trust the bumper even though it has the spare tire on it from the factory.
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Old 10-26-2017, 01:55 PM   #6
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This is what I'm currently using on the back of my truck with the 2in receiver (when no trailer attached).

https://www.amazon.com/Tow-Tuff-TTF-...k+2in+receiver

"Tow Tuff TTF-2762KR Steel Cargo Carrier with Bike Rack"

"With a total weight capacity of 500 lbs., this Tow Tuff product can hold large loads. Constructed of heavy-duty steel for a durable product"


It works very well - but the platform itself is quite heavy so I'm concerned about using this - plus heavy bikes on the back of the trailer.
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For your situation, I think the front mounted receiver on the truck is the simplest and cheapest option. You can use the platform that you already have.
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Eric,
We just picked up the same trailer last week, the 29RLX. We have already purchased the hitch adapter you have pictured in Post 1. We were going to move the spare tire over and install it. We have a conventional two bike carrier. Do not remember the brand name of the carrier but a typical fold down type. We have two off road bikes and will carry those.
Let us know what Forest River says if you contact them. We would be curious?
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Eric,
We just picked up the same trailer last week, the 29RLX. We have already purchased the hitch adapter you have pictured in Post 1. We were going to move the spare tire over and install it. We have a conventional two bike carrier. Do not remember the brand name of the carrier but a typical fold down type. We have two off road bikes and will carry those.
Let us know what Forest River says if you contact them. We would be curious?
Your 2 much lighter bikes will be less stressful on the bumper than the e-bike that Eric wants to carry. Still, you might want to use a rack with tracks that the tires sit in rather than the hanging type so you’ll have less bouncing, and consider this to reinforce the bumper connection to the frame:

https://mount-n-lock.com/mnl-cargo-p...bumper-failure
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Old 10-27-2017, 06:16 PM   #10
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We have a 2017 Wildcat327RE and mounted a front receiver on our pickup . Works great . E Trailer.com has two different makes . One installs with no cutting and about 1/2 hour of work and the second one you have to cut the fiberglass guard .
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Old 10-30-2017, 01:23 PM   #11
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This is what our Wildcat came with, I just added the tire mounts, picked them up at camping world on sale, but sure you could find them at a better price online. I didn't have time to wait for them to be shipped...

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Old 10-31-2017, 06:47 PM   #12
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Mine came with the same rack, I ordered it with a bike rack. It is attached to the frame.
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Dinette bike rack

Hi, we had the same issue of trying to find the best setup. Ended up making the dinette into a rack that hold 3 full size mountain bikes and takes only a few minutes to load. When we get to the site we take the bikes out and flip over the seats. Works perfect and keeps the bikes secure and dry while driving. See pics.
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Hi, we had the same issue of trying to find the best setup. Ended up making the dinette into a rack that hold 3 full size mountain bikes and takes only a few minutes to load. When we get to the site we take the bikes out and flip over the seats. Works perfect and keeps the bikes secure and dry while driving. See pics.


How are the front forks attached? Are the bikes then just tied together?
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How are the front forks attached? Are the bikes then just tied together?
Very common mod.
You can buy a fork block/mount at most bike shops or order from online bike stores, like Performance.
They average about $17 each.

Having a bike with a front wheel that has a quick disconnect, makes it easier.
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Front fork mount

Yes, we have two hub style bikes with a thru axle and another that has notches for the fork to slide into. They hold the bikes perfect as we’ve traveled well over 10,000 miles like this and never an issue. I use the quick twist ties to hold the back wheel. Here are a few pics of how the plywood flips sides. I had to make a few minor mods with cross braces so it was lined up, but took all of 15 min.
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