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Old 08-21-2016, 02:34 PM   #11
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I'd advise against loading up the back of that camper any more. As I recall, there was some discussion a while back about this towing combo. You've got a 108" wheelbase TV pulling a 25' trailer with a dry weight of around 700 lbs shy of your TV tow rating. My concern is not if you can pull it, but how stable it'll be when you start making it tail heavy.
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Old 08-21-2016, 04:00 PM   #12
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I'd advise against loading up the back of that camper any more. As I recall, there was some discussion a while back about this towing combo. You've got a 108" wheelbase TV pulling a 25' trailer with a dry weight of around 700 lbs shy of your TV tow rating. My concern is not if you can pull it, but how stable it'll be when you start making it tail heavy.
AGAIN, not a problem at all, LOADING UP the back of the camper with bikes, many on here have done it for years and for many many miles, so fare I have been out 6 times this year no problem hauling the bikes on the back, the camper never even knows it has them on, put a good solid hitch on the back and enjoy the bikes, our trips are all about riding the bikes so go for it and forget about the fear. It quite simply has already been proven to work.
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Old 08-21-2016, 05:30 PM   #13
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Trailer Hitch

Hers another one.

http://www.etrailer.com/dept-pg-RV_H...rukaAo8f8P8HAQ

You could also get a trailer place to weld 2 cross bars to the frame and weld a 4' 2" reciever tube to those cross bars which would support your bikes very good.
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Old 08-21-2016, 05:57 PM   #14
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AGAIN, not a problem at all, LOADING UP the back of the camper with bikes, many on here have done it for years and for many many miles, so fare I have been out 6 times this year no problem hauling the bikes on the back, the camper never even knows it has them on, put a good solid hitch on the back and enjoy the bikes, our trips are all about riding the bikes so go for it and forget about the fear. It quite simply has already been proven to work.
That wasn't what I was getting at. You probably don't have a borderline / overweight combo to start with. He does, and it will take less to get him in trouble. Forward of the axles would probably be safer for him.
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Old 08-21-2016, 06:32 PM   #15
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RAC - Look at my pics under post #7 here. Might give you some ideas.

I don't think I'd put FOUR bikes on it, though.

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As an avid cyclist, I have bikes I'm not willing to risk by putting them
where I can't see them while on the road.

Even with a bomb -proof setup on the trailer's bumper.
They'll either be on the tongue, on the truck's bumper, in the bed or on the truck's roof.

That way they're always where I can see them.
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Thank you all for your inputs.
Since fabrication and welding something to the frame is not really what I'd like to to do, I'm leaning towards loading the 4 bikes (in fact we carry 5) on top of the car.
Maybe I can even get a better gas mileage "breaking" the wind before it hits the camper????

Raspivey,
Thank you for your concerns but I proved my theory that short wheel base can be more than compensated with a performance suspension plus the right hitch set up taking a 4400+ miles round trip to Nevada, where we got really high cross winds and We didn't have a single situation where the trailer wanted to sway. In fact I can hold the steering wheel with two fingers when a semi is passing me with no problem...
But, yes, you are right, I'm on my weight limit.
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Just some feedback on this.
I end up giving up the bikes on top of the car solution after testing it (too heavy/complicated/risky) and buying two bike racks to transport the bikes inside the trailer.
These are the bike racks I bought: Floor Bike Stand - Double in Bike Stands

We just returned from a trip to Florida (1400 miles round trip) and they worked perfectly.
I put one on the dinette and one in the floor, between the dinette and the kitchen slide.
It fit perfectly.
I didn't attach them to the trailer for I realize that when two bikes are on the rack it's really difficult to move them.
I did hold the bikes to the racks with a bungie cord, put some cardboad pieces where the racks could damage the cabinets and some blankets on the rear wheels of the bikes in the floor though.
It's really quick to get the bikes in and out and way less effort than load them in the car roof.
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Looks like it works pretty good!
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