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Old 06-24-2016, 05:16 PM   #1
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How have people used the so called bicycle rack that is a factory option with the spar

I am trying to arrange what I can carry on my fold down rack. The sticker shows the capacity to include the spare but a call to f.r. resulted in the recommendation that the spare be removed if I intend to use the rack for anything. So any others out there with this rack? If so how are you doing with it?
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Old 06-24-2016, 05:48 PM   #2
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I am trying to arrange what I can carry on my fold down rack. The sticker shows the capacity to include the spare but a call to f.r. resulted in the recommendation that the spare be removed if I intend to use the rack for anything. So any others out there with this rack? If so how are you doing with it?
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My sticker says 250lbs capacity(I think that is without spare). It has the spare on it and I never planned to use it(rack). Now the DW wants me to carry 3 bikes for her and the grand kids.

Enough said, I will put the spare in the bed of the truck and find the right add-on bike rack to make it happen. I just hate the idea of having that thing down and where it can have greater movement with changing carry weights and bounce from the roads.

Those kids are growing fast and so will the weight of the bikes we seem to be destined/required to buy.

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Old 06-24-2016, 05:59 PM   #3
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Mine says #250 too. I wouldn't think the spare plus an adult and two kids bikes and the attachment hardware would exceed that limit. Although that whole rack looks a little flimsy to me.
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Yea, it all comes down to the frame or lack of that it is mounted to. From what I can see at least we have tube frame that is absent from the ultra lites. So 250 should be a real number for it to handle.
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Old 06-30-2016, 02:14 PM   #6
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The dealer told me the rack is rated at 200lbs with spare, 250lbs without.
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Old 06-30-2016, 05:48 PM   #7
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I talked to lippert today, they are the supplier of the frame and my rack. They confirmed the 200 is with the tire as my label says. They also said that the mount was a F.R. add on so they had no advice on that. I asked what was the weak spot and they said it was at the weld to the I-beam frame. I think it is the corner of the rack at the hinge, that looks like smallest weld.
The only thing they offered was their under frame tire mount. Of course. ..
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There must be a couple different types out there. Mine says it can handle up to 450 lbs evenly distributed.
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Old 07-04-2016, 12:13 AM   #9
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yes and even the manufactures are confused about their ratings.

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The above link shows 150 lbs on the fold down that looks just like mine. And after they stated that the spare rack was a FR add on, you can see the spare on the lippert website.

The conversation I had with them indicated that the weak point is the frame but as you can see in the photos the frame has a long weld compared to the corner of the rack.

You can see that the one you have that shows 450lbs is in the top photo but I cannot find it on any lippert product listing.. weird.

I am done worrying about the limits and will be happy to just get the 98 lb inverter to ride smoothly and stay in place. The spare can set right next to it on top instead of bouncing at the end of it.

I do wish I had yours though. wanna trade?
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Mine was an OEM option for the Blue Ridge. So far I've just carried my big outdoor air conditioner, a 42" drum fan, and a 10' square fold up tent. Eventually I hope to have a generator to put on there.
...guess I should have taken a picture the last time I had it loaded up.
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