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Old 11-01-2013, 01:02 PM   #1
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Question Ladder-mounted bike rack

Anyone use the ladder-mounted bike rack sold at RV stores like Camping World? What do you think of that? The reviews appear to be good on the CW site and I have lots of tongue weight so that should not be an issue.
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Old 11-01-2013, 01:48 PM   #2
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Just don't even think about it if your TT or 5er is still under warranty because you may end up with damage to your ultra or light weight tt or 5er. just my 2c based on many threats in this or other forums.
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Old 11-01-2013, 02:23 PM   #3
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Used one on my previous 5W. Less than 400 miles and the ladder was pulling loose from the rig. The salesman said it would work, mfg said don't ever use it.
I paid for the repair.
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Old 11-01-2013, 03:42 PM   #4
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Used one on my previous 5W. Less than 400 miles and the ladder was pulling loose from the rig. The salesman said it would work, mfg said don't ever use it.
I paid for the repair.
Was the 5W a Flagstaff? How did you secure the bikes?

Why I ask is because I am more concerned with the ladder being pulled off the RV due to the dynamic loading, even if the bikes are firmly tied to the rack AND ladder (which would be my approach). If not tied so that there is no secondary movement, then the loading would be less severe on the ladder.
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Old 11-01-2013, 03:44 PM   #5
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We have a ladder on the 5'r and there is no way I'd put bikes on it.
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We have a ladder on the 5'r and there is no way I'd put bikes on it.
Any particular reason?

BTW (looking at your sig) I have never heard that adjective for a dog before .... Usually only for cats.
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I had a Keystone Laredo 5w. The ladders are just not designed for that kind of load, their really is no structure in the wall.
I kept thinking of what would happen if the ladder came loose, at 60 mph, and dumped the bikes in front of someone behind me.
Bikes were strapped down tight, no movement.
No manufacturer will say it's safe to carry ANYTHING on the ladder.
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Any particular reason?

BTW (looking at your sig) I have never heard that adjective for a dog before .... Usually only for cats.
I just would not trust the ladder to handle that sort of weight. With the amount of bouncing that will go on I also feel in time it would stress it too much.

As for the dog, you'd have to meet this bleeping animal to get it
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Old 11-03-2013, 06:54 PM   #9
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I have a 27rlws also just went out on 2nd weekend love the unit I still have not found a way to carry bikes not concerned about tongue weight but frame flex it only has a 6 inch frame
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Bob, the RV is not the frame alone. The RV is one huge box and the side walls help with the longitudinal bending strength that the assembled unit has, even when the holes for the aft slide-outs are considered. I wouldn't bother that two bikes at the aft end would impact longitudinal strength of the RV itself.

Mounting on the bumper would be cause for concern because the shear strength at the weld between the box bumper and the aforementioned frame is often insufficient for the dynamic loading on the welds. If strong-backs are welded between the bumper and the longitudinal frame members adding a hitch-mount for a bike carrier would not be a problem IF the modification is done properly and the additional steel is sized and detailed correctly.
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