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Old 06-09-2013, 01:37 PM   #1
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factory cargo rack for bikes?

Currently we use a receiver bolted to the 4X4 rear bumper and a regular old bike rack for hauling our bikes with us. Our Grey Wolf has the factory mounted cargo rack on the rear, we have never used the rack for anything so I was thinking that I would like to start using it for hauling the bikes around being that it is rated to haul 250lbs.

It only has to be able to haul 3 bikes.

Has anyone done anything like this?
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:50 PM   #2
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I've added two fork mounts to my rack, with a third coming soon.

I towed with it this weekend and hit some good bumps. Everything stayed secure. I used my locking straps from my saris bike rack to secure the rear wheels to the grate
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Old 06-10-2013, 10:59 PM   #3
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X2 on the fork blocks. It is the most secure way to rack your bikes IMHO and it has worked well for our bikes!
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Old 06-11-2013, 07:00 AM   #4
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I emailed Lippert regarding installing their factory bike rack (available on their web site) on my Flagstaff. They said it had to be installed by them or it would invalidate the frame warranty.
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Old 06-11-2013, 07:31 AM   #5
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I was definitely one of the selling points of my 26DBH. If its not bikes, it's firewood or ice chests, but the extra exterior hauling space was necessary as the Tahoe is limited to what it can hold inside of its cargo space. I like to keep it clean.

Herk, is the factory install worth it when you figure in warranty time left or actual money and PITA of getting them your trailer?
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Old 06-11-2013, 06:56 PM   #6
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I will have to look into the fork mounts.

While at work today I was thinking about this, I was thinking about maybe cutting the expanded metal out and replacing it with either square tubing or angle spaced far enough apart to fit the tires in between then placing little pieces in front and behind the tires that would act as stops so that only a couple inches of the tires stuck down in the channels. Then having steel round stock bent in a U so it goes over the tire and pin it in place. This would keep the bikes upright yet also keep them "strapped in".

We will see how much free time I have over the next month or so to see which method I end up using.
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Old 06-11-2013, 10:18 PM   #7
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Here is kinda what I was thinking of. Only with U hoops to
secure/hold the bikes up right, and also so that it can fit 3 bikes.
I found these pictures while doing a search on FRF, these belong to Camper Couple. What would you guys think of something like this?

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Old 06-11-2013, 11:01 PM   #8
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wow that looks heavy!
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Not sure how an Ultra-lite frame would hold up with that "wagging" back there.

That much bending might crack it eventually.
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I'm thinking heavy too. With the extra metal after taking the grate off, you've, still gotta be digging into the two hundred fifty pounds. The fork mounts are very secure and they sell lockable mounts as well. My third one is going to be lockable and then I'll run a lock through all three.
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