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Old 03-10-2014, 11:10 AM   #1
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Bike rack

I was wondering if anyone has installed a bike rack on their TT. If so could you post some pics. I'm looking for some way to haul 4 bikes without throwing them in the bed of the truck (which normally is loaded down with plenty of other stuff).
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This is not advisable.

I've done it and regret it.


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Old 03-10-2014, 11:35 AM   #3
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Wow turbo, was this due to the bumper not being able to support the weight of the bike rack? How many bikes was it holding up?
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*If* you do it- don't use the bumper. The bumpers are barely strong enough to hold the spare tire (read posts about folks losing their end caps from flexing of bumpers with spares). I also have a friend who had a similar ending as Turbo - they got flagged down because their bikes were dragging down the road one night with 3 or 4 bikes. Sad thing was- he was all proud of it before that.

If you do it, you need to fabricate an entire strengthened hitch assembly. The problem with that, you'll generally void your frame warranty once the welding occurs.
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4 bikes with a thule bike carrier.



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Thanks ependydad, Good to know. Do you have anyother suggestions or ideas?
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That really sucks turbo. I'm guessing that the bumper is not the best place for a bike rack.
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That really sucks turbo. I'm guessing that the bumper is not the best place for a bike rack.
Correct.

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Thank you turbo, and thanks for the info.
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Thanks ependydad, Good to know. Do you have anyother suggestions or ideas?
Yep. Your primary options are:

1) On top of the truck on a roof mount bike rack

2) Over top of the propane tanks (either DIY or expensive commercial solutions available)


3) Front-mount hitch on truck + bikes on carrier there

4) Inside of the camper (my 2-3 bikes, toddler trike and stroller ride on our dinette with waterproof sheets between each layer)- there's really no mess to this like people think that there will be

5) With our SUV and pop-up, we were able to hang the bikes from the back of the SUV using a Thule trunk rack. But I'm not sure if that'll work for travel trailers + trucks.
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