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Old 05-14-2015, 10:49 AM   #1
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rear bike rack ideas

We just bought a wildwood x-lite 262bhxl. on the back of the trailer is a drop down grate to carry various items. There is what appears to be a receiver mount to accept a bike rack. The issue with this is when the grate is down that receiver is facing up. If the Grate is put back in the upright position the spare tire covers the receiver not to mention its several feet high at this point.

what have others done? My last trip I simply laid the bikes down and strapped them to the Grate. I don't find this very useful of that space.

I can take some pictures if that would help

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Old 05-14-2015, 10:51 AM   #2
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We just bought a wildwood x-lite 262bhxl. on the back of the trailer is a drop down grate to carry various items. There is what appears to be a receiver mount to accept a bike rack. The issue with this is when the grate is down that receiver is facing up. If the Grate is put back in the upright position the spare tire covers the receiver not to mention its several feet high at this point.

what have others done? My last trip I simply laid the bikes down and strapped them to the Grate. I don't find this very useful of that space.

I can take some pictures if that would help

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I'd continue as you already did, bikes on the grate.
Please do not mount a bike rack back there receiver or not.
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Old 05-14-2015, 11:01 AM   #3
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We just bought a wildwood x-lite 262bhxl. on the back of the trailer is a drop down grate to carry various items. There is what appears to be a receiver mount to accept a bike rack. The issue with this is when the grate is down that receiver is facing up. If the Grate is put back in the upright position the spare tire covers the receiver not to mention its several feet high at this point.

what have others done? My last trip I simply laid the bikes down and strapped them to the Grate. I don't find this very useful of that space.

I can take some pictures if that would help

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Can you take a pic?
Ours has a post that you install to support the bikes when on the rack.
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Why is it okay to carry a bike back that there, but not mount it? newbie here...
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Why is it okay to carry a bike back that there, but not mount it? newbie here...
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At a minimum, you run risk of losing the bike . Don't ask me how i know... secured or not the bikes will bounce around on the mount.
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Or your bikes launch into the back of your camper causing severe fiberglass damage. Ask me how I know.

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The 2 biggest debates i've seen are the bikes on bumpers debate or gas vs diesel 😄
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I think I have the same cargo grate. On mine there is a 1 7/8" post that is laid down flat on the grate and secured with a pin clip. You unclip the post and it then stands up into that hole you think is a receiver pointing up. The intent I believe is that the bikes ride standing up on the grate with their seats and crossbars securely strapped to the top of that post. For extra security I also use buckle straps at the bottom that wrap the entire grate tray and go across where the pedal thingy meets the seat post. Basically secure bikes at top and at bottom. I may look for a bicycle carrier with upper extension arms that I can fit in to the hole to replace the simple post.
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