Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-02-2011, 08:24 AM   #1
mml
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 18
How to add Bike Rack to Roo

i left a voice mail for fr almost 2 weeks ago with no reply...
i'm hoping the forum can help me out
i'd like to add a 4 bike carrier to the rear of a 17'.
my thought is to have a cross member welded across the frame and add a 2" receiver.
i've read so many pros and cons i was hoping for anyone here who may have some experience....

thx
__________________

__________________
mml is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2011, 08:44 AM   #2
Site Team - Lou
 
Herk7769's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: South Eastern PA
Posts: 21,169
Nick,

More info please.

If you search here on "bike rack" you will find lively discussions.

What is "generally true" (may not apply to your "unknown" rig) is:

1) The frame warranty on Ultra-lite frames is void if anyone but the OEM makes holes in it or welds stuff to it.

2) The 4 inch bumpers are not strong enough to withstand the bounce of a bike rack. They flex until the welds to the I-Beams crack. (Long lever arm and weight)
__________________

__________________

Lou and Laura with Bella - German Short Hair Pointer
2008 GMC Sierra 2500HD Crewcab SB Allison Duramax
2010 Flagstaff 8526RLWS - Superglide 3300
HAM CALLSIGN - KC3FFW
Herk7769 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2011, 09:01 AM   #3
mml
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 18
2012 - 17' roo
4 - bikes, - 3 adult and 1 child, not sure of the overall weight.
tow vehicle is a 2011 wrangler 4 door with their trailer towing package and a 600lb reese strait-line trunnion bar system...

i hope this helps

was thinking of a carrier style not the rack version.
i understand the warranty and the bumper not be able to withstand the force of much more that the spare...i've also have read many of the "lively" threads....

sorry for grammar and spelling - post surgery meds...

thx
__________________
mml is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2011, 09:21 AM   #4
Moderator Emeritus
 
MtnGuy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Shenandoah Valley
Posts: 9,274
Quote:
Originally Posted by mml View Post
2012 - 17' roo
4 - bikes, - 3 adult and 1 child, not sure of the overall weight.
tow vehicle is a 2011 wrangler 4 door with their trailer towing package and a 600lb reese strait-line trunnion bar system...
I am going to hijack this thread away from the bike rack for a moment.

Have you checked out the Wrangler tow ratings ?? The last time I did, this is what I found:

The Wrangler with the tow package was rated to tow 3500 lbs. The listed dry weight of the Roo 17 is 2872. If you have AC, an awning and other options then you are probably around 3300 lbs. empty. Check the label inside the 1 of the cabinets for your actual weight.

When I last checked, the Wrangler hitch was a Class II with a 3500 lb. tow rating. Most Class II hitches have a 1 1/4" receiver, but Jeep does put a 2" on the Jeep. Most Class II hitches do not recommend a WDH system. Check the sticker on the hitch to see what your limits are.
__________________

Chap , DW Joy, and Fur Baby Sango
2017 F350 Lariat CCSB, SRW, 4x4, 6.7 PS
2017 Grand Design Reflection 337RLS
MtnGuy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2011, 09:31 AM   #5
mml
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 18
mtnguy,

the dealer did not advise me of any issue with the hitch and the jeep, quite the opposite, this would allow for a more smoother handling when towing.

i can't look at the specs now, i don't have the jeep and trailer, they're at the dealer for a few service issues..

would be a simple as changing out the hitch to a class III/IV

i'll look on reeses site for info.

thx
__________________
2012 Roo 17
2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
Reese 600lb Strait-Line Trunnion Bar
mml is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2011, 11:05 AM   #6
Moderator Emeritus
 
MtnGuy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Shenandoah Valley
Posts: 9,274
You are correct that a WDH would be needed for your setup. Either just make sure that the current hitch is rated for that, or a Class III or bigger might be necessary.

The payload capacity of the Jeep Unimited is listed as 1000 lbs. Beware of that as you load up your camping gear and passengers, and that would also include the tongue weigh of your Roo.

The Jeep only comes with a 4 pin trailer connector. You will need to add 7 pin connector, adding a brake wire (and controller), a hot wire, and a backup light wire if your Roo has backup lights.

BTW, I would love having a new Unlimited to replace my 98 TJ that I bought new.......but that puppy only has 90k on the speedo, so I just can't justify an new Jeep right now.
__________________

Chap , DW Joy, and Fur Baby Sango
2017 F350 Lariat CCSB, SRW, 4x4, 6.7 PS
2017 Grand Design Reflection 337RLS
MtnGuy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2011, 12:51 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
flyrotor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 755
MML

Check out posts #29 and #30 on this thread for my suggestions for a bike rack.

Roo 233
__________________
flyrotor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2011, 01:03 PM   #8
Moderator Emeritus
 
Triguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southeast Wisconsin
Posts: 6,950
I second the concerns that Mtnguy has with the towing capacities of your jeep and trailer.

With regards to carrying bikes on the back, besides the problems that could very well occur with the frame and/or bumper, you might want to consider the stresses to the bikes on the back of the TT. It is very bouncy back there and I would not want to subject my bikes to those stresses YMMV.

Have your considered a rack for the tongue of the trailer?
__________________
Scott
DW, 3 Kids and our Goldens

2012 Shamrock 233S
2008 Toyota Sequoia 5.7L 4WD
Triguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2011, 05:52 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
hockeytownmom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: South Lyon, MI
Posts: 1,124
I third the towing concerns. I had a Honda Pilot and the hybrids were out of our towing capacity.

IME, dealers don't address the towing concerns, they want to make the sale. I was told my Pilot could tow the Roo 183 which is technically true, if I kept my family at home and the camper empty.

We traded in the Pilot for a Suburan to get a larger camper.

Definitely look into it and there's a lot of towing capacity vs GVWR, ect. info on this site.
__________________
Kristina & Family
2015 Sunseeker 3170ds
'13 Honda Pilot -Kar Kaddy 3

Nights camped in 2011/36, 2012/9, 2013/24, 2014/27; 2015/50 2016: 34
hockeytownmom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2011, 06:09 PM   #10
mml
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 18
the specs on jeep's site state that the with a wdh the jeep can tow 3500lbs otherwise it can only tow 2000lbs.
as far as loading up the trailer and jeep i'll have to be careful.
i guess the bikes are out of the question.

i'm not sure i want to hear the answers but what will the issues be.
please leave out the results of an accident....driving any vehicle is a trust between you and the oncoming.
i've only towed it a few times and haven't had any issues.

thx
__________________

__________________
2012 Roo 17
2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
Reese 600lb Strait-Line Trunnion Bar
mml is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
bike, bike rack

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:42 PM.