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Old 07-04-2012, 03:44 PM   #1
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2 inch receiver on front of truck - bike rack

Please share your experiences with mounting a receiver on the front of your TV and then using a hitch mounted bike rack on the front of your truck to carry your bikes.

Pictures would be helpful as well.
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Old 07-04-2012, 03:46 PM   #2
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Please share your experiences with mounting a receiver on the front of your TV and then using a hitch mounted bike rack on the front of your truck to carry your bikes.

Pictures would be helpful as well.
Pm herk7769 I believe he has this setup.
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Old 07-04-2012, 04:10 PM   #3
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Have done so on my 2008 Ram 3500.Took me about 2 hours.It is a Curt 2" receiver hitch. It will accommodate I believe maybe 5000lb tongue weight,can't remember exactly.It is less than those hitches installed on the rear.Four connection points.Two bolts on the existing bumper brackets,two others into frame.That was my only gripe.Two 1"inch holes drilled into the hydroformed frame. OUCH!!! Anyway it will handle 9000lbs straight line pull which is also good for a winch setup.I tried the bike rack thing.And I'm telling you no lie, YOU WILL stay focused on the bike rack as you drive.Just sayin!!!
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Old 07-04-2012, 04:24 PM   #4
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I've also installed a Curt hitch on the front of my 2007 RAM 2500. I have carried my Kymco scooter up there a few times, only 230#. No problems. I did run a strap from the carrier to the truck frame to reduce the bouncing movement. I added a couple of alignment shims to change the angle of the hitch to reduce the chance of hitting the ground on an incline.
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Old 07-04-2012, 04:33 PM   #5
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I have a Curt 2" on the front of my Avalanche. Its good for 500 lbs tongue weight and 5000 lbs towing. Didn't have to drill any holes with the Avalanche. I don't focus on the bikes when driving. Yes it bounces slightly but no different than it does in the back. I have a substantial bike rack made by, I think, Steel Horse. If I had one of the flimsy looking ones I see out there I would maybe I would worry. Its been working out great taking the 4 bikes with us. I tried to post pics but I can never seem to make them small enough for this site..
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Old 07-04-2012, 11:44 PM   #6
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I put a Curt front hitch on my truck mainly to use with a bike rack. It works fine holding the bikes. I would suggest though that you try to find a rack that is as short as possible. Our bikes protruded above the hood and we found it very annoying while driving.
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Old 07-05-2012, 08:06 AM   #7
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When we traveled with bikes.

The bikes rode on the truck front and we moved the entire rig (bikes and rack) to a 2inch bolt on bumper hitch in the back of the camper when in camp. Kept them out of the way when we went out to dinnner and such.
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Old 07-05-2012, 07:49 PM   #8
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great feedback. Thx.

Performed a quick test to see where the top of my existing hitch mount bike rack would be if i mounted it up front. The cross bar which the bike sits on is above the hood which means i will have a good portion of the 4 bikes would be in the sight lines.

Based on the cost of a hitch and the cost of a new rack and then the potential annoyance once i final get things mounted, i have made the decision to just buy some adventurer 6 speed folding bikes. i can fold them and place them under my are hard shell tonneau cover.
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Old 07-05-2012, 08:53 PM   #9
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Installed 2" receiver

I also installed a 2" receiver on the front of my 2003 Dodge Ram 2500. I also bought a cargo rack that work with the 2" receiver because I wanted to be able to bring my generator and folding bikes with me when I camp. Works great for me.
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Old 07-05-2012, 08:57 PM   #10
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I also installed a 2" receiver on the front of my 2003 Dodge Ram 2500. I also bought a cargo rack that work with the 2" receiver because I wanted to be able to bring my generator and folding bikes with me when I camp. Works great for me.
the option of using a cargo rack is a good one. Thx for sharing
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