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Old 01-23-2013, 07:47 PM   #1
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Bumper mounted bike rack on a 5'er

Ughh! We have tried several methods to carry the bikes to the CG since we got the 5'er and after borrowing a receiver hitch rack, it looks to be the best solution. My question is, am I overloading the bumper? I have a spare tire and a bolt on receiver hitch already on the bumper. I have been looking at a swagman platform bike rack as that style looks more sturdy than the others and accommodates the bike frame more easily. We only carry two bikes.

What would you do?
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:53 PM   #2
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I made a receiver and placed in on the pin box. I have a long bed, but several have made similar ones for short beds too. I have about $50 in the receiver and $149 in the rack I bought from Loading Ramps, Hauling, Transport, & Skateboard Ramp Superstore - Discount Ramps.com . Here are a couple of pics.




Hope this gives you an idea. I've done write ups on here and rv.net in the 5er sections. Do a search and you will find lots of variations and ideas. Happy camping.
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:54 PM   #3
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I would not !

Hello I am a recovering bike rack installer ......... $500.00 worth of damage to camper nightmare !
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Do a search of this site and you will have a full night reading about not doing it.

golfmedik Why the double receiver set up?
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Maybe 100 or so recent threads on this.

I think the "No" to "Pro" on the bike rack mounted directly to the bumper question runs about 26,000 to none on this forum.

However, there are a few who MAY have solved this problem with frame modifications (That DEFINITELY will void your frame warranty - so I would wait before doing it). There are a few who think the frame mounts have shifted the flex and crack problem from the bumper to the camper's frame just aft of the axle mount welds.

I am sure they will share their modifications if you ask.
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golfmedik[/URL] Why the double receiver set up?
I initially had a hanging bike rack in mind. Actually I have one, then bought the platform rack because of it being a little more stable. When I went to use the two together, it was too close for comfort to my toolbox on my truck. I couldn't get into it all the way either. I like being able to reach my fire extinguisher quickly.

So, I then went back an added another $14 receiver tube from Harbor Freight with the extra height added by 2"x 1/2" plate from Tractor Supply. With the truck and trailer in a line, now I can access my toolbox and it gives me several more inches of clearance over it as well. Bottom line, I just didn't want to remake it!!
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Thanks for the info. I thought this would be the response, as it was my first thought not to put anything too heavy back there, the spare tire makes me a little nervous as it is.

Now time to figure out a way to SAFELY carry them, maybe a roof rack on the truck or a receiver hitch on the front!
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Thanks for the info. I thought this would be the response, as it was my first thought not to put anything too heavy back there, the spare tire makes me a little nervous as it is.

Now time to figure out a way to SAFELY carry them, maybe a roof rack on the truck or a receiver hitch on the front!
Yes, big time. That tire bounces quite a bit; but they say the bumper is spec'ed to handle JUST that and NOTHING else.
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Removed the tire and replaced it with a bike rack. Bikes and rack weigh less than the tire so go figure.
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:01 PM   #10
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I've used a bumper mounted receiver with a four-bike Swagman for two years. I pulled the camper from Tennessee to Pennsylvania without any problems, although you will want to be sure your bumper is welded to the frame and not riveted. There is enough flex in the bumper that you have to keep a close check on your bumper end caps to make sure they don't come off. I will probably do something different for this camping season, but so far I've pulled it quite a bit with four bikes without any sign of visible fatigue at the welds. In my opinion, there are better ways to do it. Either a frame-mounted receiver, or something like what is shown above, would be an improvement over mounting your bike rack directly to the bumper.
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