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Old 06-17-2012, 02:01 PM   #1
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Bike rack options?

Have a windjammer 3006w, with the spare mounted to rear bumper. Looking for suggestions ad pics if available in what others have used for bike racks. Would like to carry 2 bikes, and not relocate the spare. Thanks in advance!
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Old 06-17-2012, 02:11 PM   #2
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Have a windjammer 3006w, with the spare mounted to rear bumper. Looking for suggestions ad pics if available in what others have used for bike racks. Would like to carry 2 bikes, and not relocate the spare. Thanks in advance!
Do a search on "bike rack" you'll find more than u wanted to know including not installing one.
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Old 06-17-2012, 03:02 PM   #3
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Since you have a travel trailer you have more options than us 5th wheel buys. I do caution you however to forget you ever heard of mounting a bike rack on your rear bumper.

Some folks have had great success with bike racks over the tongue, on the nose of the truck, and in, or on, the bed of the truck.

Many have tried the bumper mount only to have arrived at their camp site with no bumper, no bikes, and no spare tire.
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Old 06-17-2012, 03:27 PM   #4
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Herk; I can see by the pic you show that the bumper was just flush welded to the frame. Not wanting to start anything but was wondering, My bumper is actually recessed into the to the top 2/3's of the frame member so that the bumper is actually setting on the lower 1/3 of the frame, then welded across the bottom, up the side, and then across the top of the bumper, it's actually welded on 3 sides of the bumper to frame point. To me this seems more then secure enough welds. I've used a bike rack on the back of an older trl with no issues, bearing in mind that I secure the bikes in such a manner that they're not flopping all over on the rack causing stress on the bumper or mounts. I've tried hauling the bikes inside the trl but am scratching and tearing things up doing this.
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Old 06-17-2012, 03:38 PM   #5
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Your bumper sounds like it is much different than the majority here.

My bumper is welded like the ones below. Due to some GREAT advice here, my bumper does NOT have cracks like the photos.
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Old 06-17-2012, 04:56 PM   #6
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Herk's close-up pics of the bumper welds, are pretty standard bumper and welds on most ultra-lite trailers.
if you've got something different, i'd like to see pics of it.

bottom line is that neither the frame manufacturer nor FR and other RV manufacturers, will warranty any mods or additional weight to the bumper or rear of ultra-lite trailers.
plus what many owners don't realize is that their trailers has NO shocks. thus the trailer bounces down the road, putting extreme stresses on the rack and bumper, since the bikes are held out and away from the back of the trailer.

now, regular 5th wheels and motorhomes are a different story. they aren't built on ultra-lite frames.

lindy, why can't you put the bikes in the Dakota's bed?
and the OP doesn't list what tow vehicle they have, so can't offer alternatives without knowing.

as an avid bicyclist, there's no way i'd put my bikes where i can't see them. there are much better alternatives.
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Your bumper sounds like it is much different than the majority here.

My bumper is welded like the ones below. Due to some GREAT advice here, my bumper does NOT have cracks like the photos.

if you look real close at the second picture, you can actually see me in the reflection .. Unfortuantely, I did not have a smile when these pictures were take. And to add to misery, this was the result of a spare tire mount only.
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It sounds like mine- here are a few pic's.
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if you look real close at the second picture, you can actually see me in the reflection .. Unfortuantely, I did not have a smile when these pictures were take. And to add to misery, this was the result of a spare tire mount only.
Once again, thank you for sharing.
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Once again, thank you for sharing.

No need for thanks Herk. i'm just pointing out the weakness of the bumpers and a warning to fellow RVers that these bumpers can't even take the weight of the spare tire, let alone bike racks and bikes.
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