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Old 07-27-2010, 04:38 PM   #1
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I want to add a bike rack to the bumper of the trailer. If I move the spare tire over to the left and add a bolt on hitch receiver to the right side then I can get a bike rack that goes into the receiver. With this set up I can carry the bikes on the trailer or the truck when not camping. The bumper is welded to the frame. Any thoughts on this?
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Old 07-27-2010, 04:59 PM   #2
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I want to add a bike rack to the bumper of the trailer. If I move the spare tire over to the left and add a bolt on hitch receiver to the right side then I can get a bike rack that goes into the receiver. With this set up I can carry the bikes on the trailer or the truck when not camping. The bumper is welded to the frame. Any thoughts on this?
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OMG Steve. PLEASE search on this topic.
A new thread is not what we need.

Short answer is NO and your search will let you know why.
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Old 07-28-2010, 11:34 AM   #3
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agreed that a search will bring up tons of responses to this question.

bottom line: ultra-lite TT's rear bumpers are not strong enough to hold a rack loaded with bikes. the physics of the bikes bouncing and pulling the rack, back and down, will cause weld failure. remember, TT's don't have shocks and bounce a lot. and the bikes are held away from the back of the trailer, causing a bigger issue than the spare tire which is close against the back of the trailer and less prone to movement.

if you really have nowhere else to put the bikes, have a receiver welded AND braced to the bumper AND the frame. then buy a good rack that's built to take the flexing that will occur on the back of a TT.

this may void the frame warranty, though.
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Old 01-18-2011, 08:59 PM   #4
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On my last trailer (a hybrid) I had a frame made with a receiver that bolted to the A-frame. The receiver was above the propane tanks, and also allowed for the bike rack to stay on (in the folded position) when the bunk was out. The great thing about this setup was that you can also keepan eye on the bikes. And no worries about the flimsy bumper.

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After reading the posts on this forum about the horror stories of putting a bike rack on the bumper of a ultra lite. I installed a Curt front receiver hitch on the front of my truck and got a 5 bike rack from Walmart. Towed it 300 miles this week with 2 bikes, no problems.
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After reading the posts on this forum about the horror stories of putting a bike rack on the bumper of a ultra lite. I installed a Curt front receiver hitch on the front of my truck and got a 5 bike rack from Walmart. Towed it 300 miles this week with 2 bikes, no problems.
My only concern with mounting a bike rack in front of the truck, is that it could affect the airflow going to the radiator, and cause a temperature problem. I have included (or at least tried to include) a couple of pictures of the bike rack I had on the hybrid, and will now transfer onto the new trailer.

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Chris - who is the manufacturer of that bike rack? Or did you build the hitch part of it yourself?
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FYI,....A word of caution, two years ago at a an RV show in Maryland Forest River added a sticker to the back of the same model camper that i have 8314ss, the sticker stated the max weight for the bump was at 150 lbs MAX. I had a pic of the sticker but i have not been able to locate it at this time.
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One other thing i fore got to mention, the weight limite was not exceed a 6" over hang. I guess this means as long as the weight is directly over the bumper that's ok, but bikes hang past the bumper, so you need to know the weight of your bikes. I would check with Forest River on these limits to be safe.
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FYI,....A word of caution, two years ago at a an RV show in Maryland Forest River added a sticker to the back of the same model camper that i have 8314ss, the sticker stated the max weight for the bump was at 150 lbs MAX. I had a pic of the sticker but i have not been able to locate it at this time.
Worse yet, that 150 pound load HAD to be located within 6 inches of the bumper. Hard to do with a bike rack. (Per RV Dealer in direct communication with Forest River regards my Flagstaff Ultra-lite). The also nixed the frame mount saying that bolting or welding anything to the ultra-lite frame (not performed by Lippert) would invalidate any frame related warranty claims. (like the pin box cracking - see attached)
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