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Old 07-21-2014, 01:55 PM   #1
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Hello all, I have done the internet search thing. Can't quite figure out the best way to instal a bike rack, with our infamous no bumper! Any good solutions or pics would be great thanks!!
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Old 07-21-2014, 02:42 PM   #2
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well, you can pony up some money and get a tongue mounted bike rack, like Toppoprails or Support-Rack setups. expensive and hard to find but a good option.

or have a welding shop fab a braced 2" receiver welded to the rear of the frame. course, doing this mod, voids the frames warranty.
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Old 07-21-2014, 03:41 PM   #3
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Great thanks, I was hoping there would be some attachment I could hook onto the spare with. And throw the spare In the truck. Being a 2005 should I be concerned with the warranty? Thanks again
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Hello all, I have done the internet search thing. Can't quite figure out the best way to instal a bike rack, with our infamous no bumper! Any good solutions or pics would be great thanks!!
Don't know what you are towing with, but if you have a pick up this might be an option. Mounts to the front tow hooks. No drilling or welding.

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Old 07-21-2014, 05:05 PM   #5
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a pic of the rear of your trailer might help.
i thought you said that your trailer had no bumper.
how is the spare attached if you have no bumper?
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I haven't had the chance to really see how it's attached as I'm traveling on business right now. But here is a pic of a unit I found same as mine except the ladder. I know for sure it's not a typical receiver hitch set up.
Going to look into front mount on truck as well, wonder if airflow is ever a problem? Thanks again for all the input! Click image for larger version

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Regarding the Bodiak product, the reviews are quite favorable. Most folks are towing larger TT's and 5ers. I only have two bikes and there has been no problem with airflow, visibility or noticeable interference with the headlights

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however that spare is mounted, attaching a bouncing loaded bike rack on the tire, would not be a good thing.
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I'll help clear up a few things: "Wxbee" you really DO NOT want to attach a bike rack to the part of your camper that the spare tire rack is bolted to. I'll show you why in the photos I'll attach here. I had my g'son's two bikes in the rack and had gone maybe fifteen (15) miles from home when this happened. Thankfully someone stopped me to tell me that I had a problem. The flat plate that FR uses on both the camper and the spare tire rack are 3/16" thick really cheap grade steel. My background of 38 years in industrial maintenance and I have never seen steel this soft. The company I retired from has a metallurgy lab and thankfully I pulled a few strings and had a piece of the spare tire mount sent to them after my incident. They reported that the steel used in the spare tire mount was a very soft grade of steel. The photos will show you how soft. "bikendan", there is no rear bumper on the Surveyor or Grand Surveyor (which I have) models within some years. Notice in the photo that Wxbee posted there is a grey colored area below the license plate and this goes behind the spare tire. All of that is plastic. Just a plastic rear fascia, no structural integrity at all. There is a rectangular piece of steel tubing that comes from the frame of the camper, extends out of the plastic fascia and has the 3/16" x 6" x 6" plate welded to it. The spare tire carrier bolts to this. I thought I had a bright idea and modified my spare tire carrier to carry two bikes, and carry the spare tire in my truck. As you will see--it was a terrible idea.
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Wow, Thurman. I can't thank you enough for the info. I was about to do the exact same thing. Back to the drawing board I guess? Have you come up with any other design? Are thoes back up lights on your TT? You seem like a handy guy, have you put a battery disconnect on, if so where? I'm in the process now.
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