Originally Posted by EDABEUT
Looks really nice. I have thought about the same thing but was concerned about clearance to the truck. How close are the bikes to the back of the truck and does it limit your turning radius ?????
Hey Edabeut, I haven't had a chance yet to hook it up and test the turning radius. I did some fairly primitive measurements and if I were to really need to crank the trailer around it looks like the forward rack 'might' be able to reach the tailgate of my TV before the bumper would touch the tongue.
Honestly, I don't think I would ever intentionally come close to that extreme of an angle, but I didn't want to take a chance so I made sure the rack has 4" of clearance over the top of my truck bed's hard shell.
As you can see in the pictures below, the double bike rack sits out quite a ways from the new mount. I actually had to move the mount away from the trailer nose cap because it had a "bump" between the hitch lights. :-)
Next time I hook up I'll test the turn radius. If it doesn't reach the tailgate I'll cut the mount legs 5 or 6 inches shorter.
I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I'm able to pull the rack out of the hitch on the trailer and then slide it back into the TV once we reach our destination. We are heading to Moab in a couple weeks and want to try out a bunch of different trails in various places. This should do the trick nicely. Also, I'm making an enclosed toolbox/lockbox that will slide into the frame mounts. This will give us a little more secure storage over the battery carriers (I'm thinking BBQ grill etc..)