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Old 06-06-2015, 10:03 PM   #1
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Bicycle racks

Does anyone have suggestions about adding bicycle racks to the rear bumper of fifth wheel? Any certain brand work better than others?

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Old 06-06-2015, 11:30 PM   #2
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You are opening a BIG can of worms with this subject (even bigger than air vs nitrogen in tires!). Do a search on the forum and you'll find lots of posts on bike racks. Many will tell you - DON'T. But you can if you do it right. Do not simply clamp a bike rack to your bumper. You need to have it professionally beefed up for it to handle a bike rack.

Someone here mounted a bike rack at the front of their 5'ver.

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Old 06-06-2015, 11:48 PM   #3
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Your Rockwood has an ultralight frame and bumper.
Putting a bouncing and flexing bike rack on the bumper, is just asking for trouble,.
Like watching your bikes, rack and bumper bounce down the road, in your rear view mirror.
Only by having a receiver welded and braced to the frame and bumper, is it safe.
But this mod will void the frame warranty, if it's a new trailer.
Should be a sticker on the bumper or in the manual, stating this
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Old 06-06-2015, 11:56 PM   #4
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You are better off just doing a search on this topic.
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Old 06-07-2015, 02:02 PM   #5
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I have mentioned a few times here that my solution was to install a 2" receiver on the front of my truck. The bikes fit nicely on a metal platform I purchased at Camping World.

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Old 06-09-2015, 12:59 PM   #6
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Bike Rack Behind 5th Wheel Spare On 8280WS

We installed a Swagman twin bike rack from Amazon for about $70 behind our spare tire on our Ultralight 8280WS fifth wheel with a 4" sq. bumper. I have made about 5 trips totaling about 450miles, without any issues. Our bikes are light weight folding models weighing about 25 lbs. each.
The only issue is dealing with the screw down clamps over the bike frame. I have gone to using 3 each 3/4" bungle cords to secure the bikes to the spare tire and bumper.In addition, I have a remote wireless backup camera that will activities when you turn on the truck lights. I can monitor how the bikes are riding.
I guess you could possibly have a problem with heavy bikes or a small diameter bumper, but I am happy with our setup.

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