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Old 12-29-2014, 06:42 PM   #1
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Bike Rack for Roo ?

Anyone attach a receiving hitch or what have you done? I already have a 5 bike rack, but it requires a receiving hitch. Any other racks that you use?

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Old 12-29-2014, 07:12 PM   #2
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Bike racks are a big can of worms on this forum. See here:

Bike rack on rear bumper of rockwood travel trailer

You'll see pics of my receiver. I have 2 bikes on it. I would never put 5 bikes on it.
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Old 12-29-2014, 07:54 PM   #3
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There are literally thousands of posts here, about this subject.
a quick search will give you hours of reading.

No hybrid has a bumper strong enough to support even a two bike rack.
the only way to do this safely, is to have a receiver welded and braced to the frame and bumper.
problem is this kind of mod will void the frame's warranty. Most newer hybrids have stickers on the bumper stating this.
if your frame warranty has expired, go for it.

It all has to do with the physics of a load being held out and away from the back of a bouncing shockless trailer.
as an avid cyclist, there's no way I'd put my valuable bikes somewhere I can't see them until I see them and the rack bouncing down the road in my rear view mirror.
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I wanted to put a receiver on the rear bumper for a bike rack. After doing the research and talking to my dealer I learned it was a big no no. It seams the bouncing that occurs at the back of the trailer will tear the welds loose at the bumper. I ask about a frame welded receiver. That too is to light a weight to support that kind of weld. And as Bikendan stated you can say by to the warranty. What my dealer did suggest was a receiver that slides over the draw bar behind your tow vehicle. He showed it to me but I would have to change hitch's to use it as it requires a longer draw bar. It's a tough question and not just for hybrids. Good luck.
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Old 12-30-2014, 04:08 AM   #5
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when i don't have room in my truck bed, i use a ball-mount Swagman folddown rack. i mount it on the rear bumper's step notch, where you mount a trailer ball.
it's high enough to clear the batteries on the trailer, except for extremely tight turns.





that way i can see them in the rear view mirror. my mtn. bike is worth $2000. not likely to stick that one on the back of my trailer.

if you've got the money, there are A-frame mounted bike racks that are the best solution for TT's/HTT's.
Toppoprails are the best out there but costly.
Stromber-Carlson has another type that i think you can get at CW.
and there's another one i can't find in my bookmarks. if i find it, i'll post it too.
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The problem with A-frame mounted racks is that you can't take it with you. You're stuck riding your bike in the campground. If you want to take the bikes anywhere, you need something that can be put ON the truck. OR you take two racks, one for the trailer and one for the truck. Some people have put front mounted receivers/racks on their trucks. There are a number of options, but they all have their pros and cons.
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The problem with A-frame mounted racks is that you can't take it with you. You're stuck riding your bike in the campground. If you want to take the bikes anywhere, you need something that can be put ON the truck. OR you take two racks, one for the trailer and one for the truck. Some people have put front mounted receivers/racks on their trucks. There are a number of options, but they all have their pros and cons.
the Stromberg-Carlson bike bunk, uses a standard 2" bike rack to fit in its bike bunk.
and i think the Toppoprails system has an option, to use with a TV's receiver.
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Old 12-30-2014, 03:19 PM   #8
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Dan and Shawn, I see the picture of your bikes on the front of the trailer. That is exactly what I am trying to do but I do not understand how your bike rack is attached. Is it attached to your truck or to the trailer? Thanks, Doug
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I have been looking at A frame mounts tlhink this is the way for me. the bike rack goes into a 2 " recover so we can use t on the truck the only down fall is clearance for the front bunk when its down. so rack and top bar have to come off.my deals suggested quick release pins to make it easier to remove. I hate putting them inside the trailer! So may be this spring i will try it.
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Old 12-30-2014, 08:42 PM   #10
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I have added a 2 inch bumper hitch
CURT
and a 500# capacity aluminum (Harbor Freight) carrier onto the back of my 2014 Shamrock 183. I also added a pair of these 4 Square Safety Struts to help augment the bumper-to-frame support.

4 Square Safety Struts

I also have offset the carrier to one side of the trailer from the middle and removed the heavy spare-tire mount (factory stock) from the bumper. I now carry the spare in the tow vehicle. I figure if the factory can mount a heavy spare tire, then the bumper must be able to hold some weight stock.

I have only carried about 150-160# max in the carrier (including the weight of the carrier) and I have only hauled the trailer on two trips of less than 400 miles each. However, so far there appears to be no fatique showing on the bumper welds.

I really do not plan to load the carrier much more than the 160# I currently have on the bumper. I use the carrier to haul my propane fueled fire-pit around. Something that can get messy and I don't want to put it in the trailer.

I agree that putting 3, 4 or 5 bikes hanging on the bumper might be a little more torque than you would want on a un-reinforced bumper. Maybe if you added two bikes racks, putting one on the left side and the other on the right side and added some reinforcing, like the 4 Struts...

just my 2 cents...
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