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Old 06-01-2012, 10:31 AM   #1
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Bike Rack for Superlite 5'vers

Since the rear bumpers on these units can't support the weight, has anyone installed/mounted a hitch to the frame to carry a bike rack? Any pros and cons in doing this...any alternatives to carry bikes that work better than the rear bike rack method for the superlite fifth wheels?
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Old 06-01-2012, 10:40 AM   #2
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Since the rear bumpers on these units can't support the weight, has anyone installed/mounted a hitch to the frame to carry a bike rack? Any pros and cons in doing this...any alternatives to carry bikes that work better than the rear bike rack method for the superlite fifth wheels?
Con / frame warranty is void if anything is attached or mounted to frame.

Front mount hitch for tow vehicle with bike rack
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Old 06-01-2012, 10:53 AM   #3
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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.

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...frame warranty is void if anything is attached or mounted to frame....

Every time this topic comes up, someone says this, but it simply is not true. The Magnson-Moss Warranty Act prohibits the automatic voiding of manufacturer warranties by the installation of after market items. The failure/claim must be directly caused by the aftermarket item and then it only invalidates that claim, not the entire warranty.
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Every time this topic comes up, someone says this, but it simply is not true. The Magnson-Moss Warranty Act prohibits the automatic voiding of manufacturer warranties by the installation of after market items. The failure/claim must be directly caused by the aftermarket item and then it only invalidates that claim, not the entire warranty.
Here's my take Glenn.
Fr has the right to void frame warranty if its been
1) cut
2) welded
3) drilled

Those 3 things have nothing to with aftermarkert add ons. Thus negating your claim.

You can add any aftermarket item you choose just don't use methods 1 thru 3
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That is the whole point of the Magnson-Moss Warranty Act, manufacturers cannot just void warranties because of a modification or add-on. The modification or add-on must have caused the failure.

Although FR may handle a warranty claim as a courtesy to their customers, the warranty is from the frame manufacturer. When FR receives the frame, they cut, weld and drill into it to accomodate each floor plan. By your standard the frame warranty was void when the unit was purchased, because it had been modified after it was manufactured.

I am not trying to start a debate, all I am saying is the Magnson-Moss Act offers protection from blanket voiding of warranties. Obviously if I weld a hitch on and the frame cracks at the welds or the hitch tears off, it will not be covered, but just because I weld a hitch on, does not mean that if I have problems with welds failing at the pin box and the welds are determined to be incorrect does not mean it they can automatically void the claim because of the hitch.

As I stated in my first post, it should be approached cautiously and not performed by someone who just knows how to weld, but by someone experienced in frame fabrication and repair.
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I'll try a get a picture here in Germany. Looks like every camper comes with a bike rack built on camper. Looks like it bolts on like the ladder on our campers. It's up high on back of camper.
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That is the whole point of the Magnson-Moss Warranty Act, manufacturers cannot just void warranties because of a modification or add-on. The modification or add-on must have caused the failure.

Although FR may handle a warranty claim as a courtesy to their customers, the warranty is from the frame manufacturer. When FR receives the frame, they cut, weld and drill into it to accomodate each floor plan. By your standard the frame warranty was void when the unit was purchased, because it had been modified after it was manufactured.

I am not trying to start a debate, all I am saying is the Magnson-Moss Act offers protection from blanket voiding of warranties. Obviously if I weld a hitch on and the frame cracks at the welds or the hitch tears off, it will not be covered, but just because I weld a hitch on, does not mean that if I have problems with welds failing at the pin box and the welds are determined to be incorrect does not mean it they can automatically void the claim because of the hitch.

As I stated in my first post, it should be approached cautiously and not performed by someone who just knows how to weld, but by someone experienced in frame fabrication and repair.
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!
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Thanks everyone for your replies...I have a better understanding how to handle now!
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Thanks everyone for your replies...I have a better understanding how to handle now!
Have you considered a front mounted hitch for your tv to carry bikes?
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