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Old 06-20-2013, 08:06 AM   #11
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I picked up a bracket that bolts to the rear bumper and use a hitch style bike rack mount. That way I can also use it in the truck if needed. Not sure I would ever tie bike to the ladder. Just my .02
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Old 06-27-2013, 04:57 AM   #12
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Had my ladder installed on Tuesday. Someone gave me a Topline model rack to use. When I put the bikes on the rack itself seemed to work well, however, there was a lot of flex in the wall side to side near the second mount from the bottom of the ladder. Doesnt' seem to be enough support in the rear wall. The ladder came from FR and the dealer just put it in the middle and screwed in. Not even comfortable hanging chairs there. The rack itself works great, just not sure about the strength of the wall. The ladder just might need another standoff about half way up. Hope there's something in the wall that the mounting screws are attached to besides styrofam. Black ladder, silver screws, painted them.
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Old 08-14-2013, 05:20 PM   #13
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Ditto!

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I am not trying to be negative.....but I saw a fifth wheel camper this Spring with a ladder mounted bike rack on the rear while walking around the campground. Since I have a valid interest in bike rack options for our camper, I looked very closely to this setup. The ladder was bent down and nearly detached from the camper from the bouncing or down force and bumps in the road. The owner must not be paying much attention to it. This is NOT an option in my book....best of luck to those of you that attempt it.
My 1st camper was a Wildcat 29RLKS 5ver. After 1 1/2 yrs of hauling 2 bikes the ladder looked like an old sway back mule.
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Old 08-14-2013, 05:40 PM   #14
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Anybody have any experience with ladder mounted bike racks? How do they hold up? Is there any concern about damage to the rv or the ladder?

I was contemplating using one to carry my daughters' 20" bikes.


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You could always go with this setup vs rear ladder concept
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Old 08-21-2013, 04:37 PM   #15
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Bike rack on rear bumper of Flagstaff 832IKBS

I am interested in comments/experience regarding using a hitch insert bolted to my rear bumper. My bike rack is quite substantial and I worry about the weight and vibration of that and 2 bikes. My service mgr says OK but he has no vested interest in my rig!!! Fire away!
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I am interested in comments/experience regarding using a hitch insert bolted to my rear bumper. My bike rack is quite substantial and I worry about the weight and vibration of that and 2 bikes. My service mgr says OK but he has no vested interest in my rig!!! Fire away!
Don't do it...won't last very long until you start seeing cracks in the welds & square tubing starting to flex & twist
These rear camper bumpers were never designed to carry bikes ;(
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:38 PM   #17
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Don't do it...won't last very long until you start seeing cracks in the welds & square tubing starting to flex & twist
These rear camper bumpers were never designed to carry bikes ;(
I concur.


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