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Old 09-02-2015, 09:43 PM   #1
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Bikes on Back Bumper, different method...

I know that there is a lot of heated discussion about putting bikes on the back bumper, usually swirling around discussions about adding in a tow hitch and then attaching to that.

That being said, I have two "other" ways I wanted to see if anyone had done and if they had success or issues.

1 - A multi-piece bracket on the bumper. I came across this on Amazon today, it is two piece set, one for the front wheels and one for the back wheels, and the attach to the bumper directly with U bolts on the left and right side. I do not think that the U-bolts would crush the bumper, but it does say "Bumper Bike Rack attaches to a 4" -4.5" RV bumper with a 6.5" U-Bolt". What I like about this option, if it works is that I can try to center things so that each of the brackets is close to where the bumper attaches to the frame.



(I have not tried this myself, and I do not even know if there is enough clearance for the spare tire. There is also a 4-bike version). Here is the Amazon Link: http://smile.amazon.com/dp/B002MGFKNW?psc=1

2 - There are a lot of bike racks that are designed to attach to the trunk of a car. They usually have some sort of frame that sits against the car and some arms coming off. Has anyone tried attaching something like this to the bunk ends. the clips for attaching are usually just sort of a hook, and I think that they could get into the top edge of the bunk. I would just be worried about damaging the rubber gasket on the bunk end. Also I do not know if the latches are designed to take that much force pulling out on the bunk ends during travel.



Just trying to think outside the box, since the normal solutions are not great for these trailers but I really need to find a nice place to put my bikes during travel, I hate having them on the back of my TV and would love to put them someplace else.

Thanks for your thoughts. If you have tried one of these two options, if you have pictures, that would be great to see.
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Old 09-02-2015, 09:55 PM   #2
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what is your tow vehicle? I use a front receiver hitch on my truck
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Old 09-02-2015, 09:59 PM   #3
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I am using a Ford Expedition. I was looking at the front receiver hitch option, I just came across this today and thought that it seemed like an interesting option.

Thank you.
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Old 09-02-2015, 09:59 PM   #4
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Usually going to the bumper is not great. The bumpers aren't real robust. I had a 2" receiver welded to my frame and the bumper. See pics and diagram.
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Any idea what your weight capacity is with your setup? Also, do you mind giving me an estimate of the cost to weld? I like this idea.
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Option 1- doesn't change the physics of what happens to the bumper's weak welds. Multiple brackets don't help with this.

Option 2- same problem, Physics. That rack will bend the bunk door frame so it will be bowed, allowing for water intrusion. And also possible bunk seal damage.

As an avid cyclist, I have seen all the possible solutions proposed and neither of these two will be good on a hybrid TT.
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Dealer installed. $600 I think. Certified welder. Used it 3 yrs before I traded for a Mini-Lite; two bikes and Thule TH990XT rack. About 100 lbs total (plus the spare tire on the bumper). No problems with hitch, no problems with frame, no problems with bunk door.
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Dealer installed. $600 I think. Certified welder. Used it 3 yrs before I traded for a Mini-Lite; two bikes and Thule TH990XT rack. About 100 lbs total (plus the spare tire on the bumper). No problems with hitch, no problems with frame, no problems with bunk door.
If you really want to put bikes on the rear of an ultralite trailer, something like rockfordroo's setup is the only good solution.
But if your trailer is new, it will probably void the frame chassis's warranty, if you have any frame problems later on.

My bikes are worth a lot of money, so I'm not going to put them anywhere I can't see them or possibly lose them.
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I am using a Ford Expedition. I was looking at the front receiver hitch option, I just came across this today and thought that it seemed like an interesting option.

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Are you in VA? (Just a guess by your user name) If so, carrying bikes in the front is illegal here. I was going to do the same until a state trooper informed me I could be ticketed for it.
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Are you in VA? (Just a guess by your user name) If so, carrying bikes in the front is illegal here. I was going to do the same until a state trooper informed me I could be ticketed for it.
Could not find this section of Virginia driving Law for personal vehicles.

I did see something about a overhang was not to exceed 3 feet on the front of the vehicle. This was about commercial hauling.


Did he show you the codes or just told you this?
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