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Old 07-01-2016, 09:16 AM   #1
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While looking online at the new Flagstaff fifth wheels yesterday, I noticed that a ladder mounted bike rack is now offered as an option on new units. Have any of you gotten this rack? How well does it work? I'm considering ordering one from my dealer, since it will probably fit my 2015 unit.
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Old 07-01-2016, 10:43 AM   #2
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Most of the new Flagstaff 5th wheels are coming with a fold down frame mounted bike rack like in the photo I've posted below. I didn't get the folding one for mine as I'm in the process of building my own.

I will tell you with the thin wall tube on the ladder and just some screws holding it to the back wall, there is no way I'd want to mount a bike rack on the ladder for them to bounce and beat around going down the road.
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Most of the new Flagstaff 5th wheels are coming with a fold down frame mounted bike rack like in the photo I've posted below. I didn't get the folding one for mine as I'm in the process of building my own.

I will tell you with the thin wall tube on the ladder and just some screws holding it to the back wall, there is no way I'd want to mount a bike rack on the ladder for them to bounce and beat around going down the road.
That's probably the best solution. But where is your spare?
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That's probably the best solution. But where is your spare?
Mounted on a rack underneath, directly behind the rear axle.
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I will tell you with the thin wall tube on the ladder and just some screws holding it to the back wall, there is no way I'd want to mount a bike rack on the ladder for them to bounce and beat around going down the road.
Interestingly, Rockwood is offering a bike carrier on the Ultra V's that mounts on the ladder. MSRP $109.

I expect the ladder to be strong enough to handle 50 lbs of bikes if it can handle my 200 lbs climbing up onto the roof.
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Interestingly, Rockwood is offering a bike carrier on the Ultra V's that mounts on the ladder. MSRP $109.

I expect the ladder to be strong enough to handle 50 lbs of bikes if it can handle my 200 lbs climbing up onto the roof.
Have you ever followed anyone going down the road carrying something on the rear of a trailer?

50# of bikes bouncing on the back of a trailer at 60 MPH is way more inertia than 200# of static load going up a ladder.

You can certainly do whatever you want.
I know what my ladder rack is made of, what it is fastened to and how it is merely held on by a few screws. No way will I put anything there.

Just my 2 and YMMV.
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