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Old 06-01-2012, 05:45 PM   #11
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I have a receiver hitch on the back of our Rockwood. I don't use it for a bicycle rack, I use it for our generator carrier, but would certainly work as well with a bike carrier.

You will want to make sure that you do it right. Don't have someone "who knows how to weld" install it. Precautions are necessary for the light weight I-beam frames these units have. Many have Lippert frames, our Rockwood has a Dexter frame and the receiver hitch was installed by an authorized frame repair facility for Dexter.

In my case they notched the frame and integrated the hitch into the frame with reinforcements along the web. You will get many comments that it cannot be done safely, but I have had no issues with ours.
Good luck. Glenn,how far does the (4) bike rack stick out the back of your rear hitch? Youroo!!

Glenn,hoe far does the (4) bike rack stick out the rear of your camper hitch? youroo!!
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Old 06-01-2012, 06:25 PM   #12
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I've seen this concept many times used in our travels, hadn't considered it, though not due to it's functionality but seems it would bother the heck out of me while staring down the road for hours traveling BUT may have to reconsider!
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Old 06-02-2012, 09:31 AM   #13
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I know exactly what your saying Glenn.
And I agree with you 100%

I'm just warning the op that it may be nearly impossible to get fr or lippert to warranty a frame that has been modified from oe specs without a lengthy law suit and overpriced lawyers from installing a bike rack on said camper.
Although not right its the way it is.

Installer beware!
There is no argument that it might be legal nightmare to pursue if a problem arose.

In my case, I didn't have the hitch installed until the warranty had expired anyway. I forget if the frame warranty was one or two years. I also relocated my spare tire to the front storage compartment to help off set the weight of my generator carrier. Just posting for info that I have been using it for about four years now without any problems. Just two months ago I opened up the underbelly of the fifth wheel to address some other issues and while it was open I specifically inspected the frame for any issues with the welds, fatigue, stress cracks or bends and all looks good.

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Glenn,hoe far does the (4) bike rack stick out the rear of your camper hitch? youroo!!
I am not using it with a bike rack. My statement was that it would work with a bike rack which utilizes a receiver hitch. I am using it with a generator/cargo carrier from Let's Go Aero:

GearDeck 17 Towable Generator Carrier - Let's Go Aero - Generator STO Cargo Carrier (GearDeckô 17)

It extends about 36 inches from the rear bumper. I don't think I have any pictures from the side showing it, but this is what it looks like:







Happy Camping everyone!
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Old 06-03-2012, 12:04 PM   #14
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Arvika makes one that mounts on the pin box.....not sure what warranty that might void....also if crew cab might think of two yakimas up there with canoe in middle...and t bar on front of truck.....if reciever up there.....I am skeptical about mounting anything but a vertical bar to support a canoe ....in front as my oil - tranny - and water radiators are up there.....would not want to block any of that air flow....
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Old 06-03-2012, 02:09 PM   #15
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Arvika makes one that mounts on the pin box.....not sure what warranty that might void....also if crew cab might think of two yakimas up there with canoe in middle...and t bar on front of truck.....if reciever up there.....I am skeptical about mounting anything but a vertical bar to support a canoe ....in front as my oil - tranny - and water radiators are up there.....would not want to block any of that air flow....
I dont believe you would even notice the effect of bikes up front as far as cooling.
Lou aka herk has this setup and has not mentioned it being a problem.
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Old 06-03-2012, 03:53 PM   #16
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Looks like the front hitch method will be the easiest and safer method towing a bike rack. Found a Curt bolt-on front hitch for my specific TV at etrailer.com for $165, not bad! Thanks for all the tips and ideas \
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Old 06-03-2012, 03:57 PM   #17
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Looks like the front hitch method will be the easiest and safer method towing a bike rack. Found a Curt bolt-on front hitch for my specific TV at etrailer.com for $165, not bad! Thanks for all the tips and ideas \
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Old 06-03-2012, 04:15 PM   #18
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I was just under my ultralight fifth yesterday, trying to figure out how I could beef up the frame so I could pull a motorcycle trailer. It appears that the only practical method would be to fabricate a triangular subframe, butt it up against the torsion axle subframe in the front, with the taper going to the rear. Welding this subframe to the existing camper frame would result in a much stronger unit, and would actually tie the three units together, the main I-beam, the axle subframe, and the added support frame.
The triangular subframe would transfer the hitch weight on the rear bumper all the way forward to the axle subframe, and would eliminate any tendancy to bend the EXTREMELY light I-beams.
While I still wouldn't put 1000 pounds on the rear, I would bet it could carry a fair bit.
The only problem is with the sewer outlet that is in the way, but a slightly deeper web on the subframe would get around that.
I just have to decide if I really need to pull a trailer that bad.
All I know is that I would never put any weight on the rear without the above fix.
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Old 02-09-2014, 12:27 AM   #19
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Obviously a long and at times passionate and intelligent topic; after a couple of cocktails, in our new 5th Wheeler, why not just put the bikes inside the unit, and avoid a large majority of the risk, warranty drama, manufacturing, and Bill Nye the science guy stuff?
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Old 02-09-2014, 09:28 AM   #20
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Not to sound offensive here but that seems like a ton of work for a trailer that really won't carry more than some light bikes and would be unlawful to pull in some states. Toy Hauler sounds like a better fix.
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