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Old 04-03-2007, 10:43 PM   #1
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Bike racks/receiver hitch extenders?

Wife is in the mood to grab the bikes with us the next time we go camping and I'm all for it.

Anyone have any recommendations on which rack to get? Do you typically need a receiver extension? If so, which ones are good?

I've got a shank that's L-shaped. Probably about 8-10" long sticking out, then the ball mounts on top of that. So, I'm not sure if I can use a rack that clamps on the shank or not.

If all else fails, I suppose I can put the bikes in the TT and cover them with blankets so that my walls don't get scratched up.
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Old 04-03-2007, 11:56 PM   #2
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Iím not sure I understand where you are planning to mount your carrier.
Iím looking for an affordable, safe and convenient method to bring bikes along alsoÖ(mentioned in this thread)
Maybe your solution will help me too!
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Old 04-04-2007, 07:34 AM   #3
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mn 308 .
It sounds like he's looking for something between ther tv and the tt mounted on the hitch. I wouldn't be able to manuever with that set up.
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Old 04-04-2007, 10:41 AM   #4
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That was what I was guessing also, but I don't know that I could get around with that set-up either, so thought that maybe I was off on my assumption.
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Old 04-04-2007, 07:33 PM   #5
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You're right, I'm looking for a 6-10 inch extender so I can mount the rack directly behind the truck on the hitch. I've heard it's doable as long as you don't turn super-tight.
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But what if you need to turn 'super-tight'?

I'm not doubting you, questioning your suggested arrangement, or anything like that (I'm not that way).
I'm also just looking for options, and learning from your post...

Can you tell I have a worrying nature?
(Murphy seems to ride in the cab with me...)
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Old 04-07-2007, 11:54 AM   #7
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Heh, you've got a point. I hear you, I'm just looking for some way to carry the bikes.

I've got a tonneau cover and the bikes won't fit under that.

I also am not a huge fan of putting a rack on the bumper of the trailer. I'd hate to have them bounce off or something and have someone else hit them.

Although, it may be better putting them back there.
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Why not mount them off a front hitch.
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Old 04-08-2007, 01:20 AM   #9
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Why not mount them off a front hitch.
Because I don't have one and don't want to spend the $ to have it put on. Also I'd rather not have the bikes line-of-sight in front of the truck.

I guess my options are:

-bikes ride in the TT with blankets over them
-bikes ride on the back of the tt bumper w/ a welded or bolted on rack
-bikes ride behind the truck on the hitch (seems to be least desirable).
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I installed a longer shank and am using the model found at this link. I only use it for two bikes and made some pretty tight turns and had no clearance problems. It does get a little cramped when hooking up the trailer, but no problems other than that. http://www.etrailer.com/pc-BRT~40123.htm
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