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Old 03-10-2014, 02:36 PM   #21
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ependydad, I think Im real close to the weight limit, with the storage space full and all. Thanks for the link.

cajun po-boy and herk, thanks for the info and the pic too Herk
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Old 03-10-2014, 02:36 PM   #22
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So that might not be a real good idea also then right? The front truck mount sounds like the best bet, too me. Am i wrong in thinking that I wouldnt want to add more weight to the tongue? And where would I find the front mount receiver?
i would think that your truck should be able to handle an extra 100lbs. of bikes/rack to the tongue weight. but i don't know what your trailer's hitch weight is.
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Old 03-10-2014, 02:44 PM   #23
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Good point Ontario camper. I have 4 bikes also.
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Old 03-10-2014, 02:49 PM   #24
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bikendan, Im not sure what the trailer hitch is either. Im sure Camping World Installed one that would just handle the TT tongue weight(a little over 800lbs I think). Plus a loaded storage compartment, probably has me real close. I guess purchasing a different hitch could also be an option. To say... 1000lb tongue weight.??
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Old 03-12-2014, 09:41 AM   #25
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I made my own receiver hitch for the front of the trailer and purchased a very good quality bike rack. We carry four bikes on ours.

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Old 03-12-2014, 10:21 AM   #26
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Bike Rack

My bumper on the Cherokee looked pretty much like f1100turbo,s 2nd & 3rd pics a couple of years ago. Here's what I did.

Hitch mounted under bumper.






1 1/2" X 3" tubing welded to frame rails and to cross member.





Braces welded in between mounting U bolts.



No signs of cracking for two years of hauling bikes.



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I had an experence like "Turbo" had (posted at beginning of this thread). I had hauled a dirt bike several times from south Louisiana to Arkansas (about 8 hours drive) and no failure, then on one trip home we took a different route which was a lot bumpier. Hwy 65 heading south bumped us for 6 hours. The rear bumper on my Keystone VR1 was maybe 14 gauge thick metal (this so you can slide the sewer hose inside a 4" square tube).
Problem is like most have posted here, it is barely strong enough to hold a spare tire much less anything heavier. Lucky for us we caught this before it came loose at highway speeds. The only reason it didn't completely fall off was I had originally added a 2" receiver under the bumper (to be able to haul a cargo rack, bike racks, or tandem pull my small utility trailer) and had welded the long hitch extension to the trailer frame. That 2" extension tube in the center of the bumper (which was welded to trailer frame) is what held the bumper from completely pulling loose.
Note: I had also tandem pulled many times without issues Using this same setup (Did that several years and inspected the bumper and never found any cracking). The 2nd trailer was more of a constant weight and didn't have a twisting effect - It was the bouncing and twisting action the bike rack exerted on the square bumper that caused it to start cracking. Therefore I don't recommend hanging a bike rack off the back without adding (welding) additional bracing, or simply replacing that wimpy bumper with something way stronger.
The solution for me was to replace the entire rear bumper with 1/4" wall square tubing. And weld it good (not like the factory did with a wimpy weld!) Now the new problem is that with the thicker wall rear bumper now no longer can hold the sewer hose, so I had to add a PVC pipe under the trailer to store the hose in.

In closing, I would not mount anything over 50 lbs. that may have a twisting effect on that stock thin wall bumper - that includes a bike racks or spare tire without replacing the bumper with something more substantial. Otherwise the stress will tear it loose at some point!







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Mine came with the metal rack on the rear bumper and I've hauled bikes on it but I'm tempted to take mine off and haul the bikes inside. My main reason is because I store my camper backed up to a fence so I can't lower the rack and load it until I pul the camper out onto the road which then takes longer to be ready to leave but also worried about stress on the bumper even though the rack is factory installed and rated for I think about 250 or 350 pounds.

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I've got five kids so I pull with an SUV but if your pulling with a truck I'd suggest making something like a ladder rack to put the bikes on and then you have all your normal storage in the bed under it.

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Check out this site for ideas http://www.orsracksdirect.com some of their stuff is kinda pricy though. I think someone could make something for cheaper.

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