Originally Posted by obxffmedx
I like what I see about attaching the receiver. Is there any problem with the balance of the unit and the tounge weight? What about any issues with flooring and assuring that the frame doesn't bend? Factory rep that I talked to at a recent show said two bike not an issue more could cause flooring issues. I've got 3 kids and have a 5 bike rack. Has this worked for you?
Well I think if my 150-200 pounds of bikes bends the 8 or 10 inch frame of 1/4 in steel, then I sure better not overload my suburban which has a molded frame. Worst case scenario, my welds will break, but there is no way ever that this setup will bend the frame on a 23' trailer.
As for balance and tongue weight, there are a lot more variables in my everyday camping items, water weight, black and grey tanks, storage under the front queen bed etc. which will affect the tongue weight. As long as my overall total weights are in check, there should not be any issues.
My bike rack is a Thule 5 bike rack, when tent camping, I had a small utility trailer which I carried all my equipment, there again it became an issue carrying 3 kayaks and 5 bikes, so I rebuilt the tongue of the trailer, extended it about 5 or 6 feet, and installed a receiver hitch in front of the cargo box, faced forward above the tongue, the bikes rode very well there. There are several mods that can be done with a high quality receiver mounted bike rack and it will still perform. Keyword is High Quality, you get what you pay for when buying bike racks.