The bike receiver was welded to the frame. The dealer did a very perfessional install and I was very pleased. Unfortunately Forest Rivers wasn't pleased with the dealer. The dealer paid to have the receiver hitch cut off and the dealer refunded my money. I had ordered the camper and requested the hitch not knowing it was illegal. The dealer should have caught it. I didn't explain why the camper was returned to the factory. I just bought the camper and the first week we had the following issues: The bottom of the super slide was rubbing the frame, the micro-wave was making a noise, the stove fan quit working, the shower fixture was leaking inside the wall, the rear grap handle was loose from the frame, the shower gasket had torn off the bottom of the shower door, part of the rear screen door gasket was missing and the awning was streched and tubing sagging. They also had to replace the slide topper awing for the same problem. Now you know the rest of the story. Since we have gotten the camper back we are extremely please with all the work that was performed. But I can tell you I have had a lot of stressful moments and very disappointed with the workmanship.