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Old 09-07-2012, 03:56 PM   #11
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With the 3 bikes on there, it misses the rear glass about 7-8 inches. No where close. However, I have a B&W Companion hitch, so I put it in the farthest rearward position. It is just behind the center of the rear axle and didn't change weight distribution hardly at all. The main reason I set it so far back was to enable me to open my low profile tool box on the truck to access tools and fire extinguisher. Hope this helps.
Thank you! I have a couple 4 bike carriers already and will be looking at this as an option. Will have to do some measuring and calculating to see what I can get by with.
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Old 09-07-2012, 06:08 PM   #12
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I took my pin box off and still couldn't get it. I now have a pin box with 4 drilled holes and a bike receiver sitting on the garage floor.
Im not sure how thick the steel is, but it may be an option to tap the holes and thread the bolts directly to the pin box steel.

Sure hope this helps.
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Old 03-18-2017, 01:10 PM   #13
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Im not sure how thick the steel is, but it may be an option to tap the holes and thread the bolts directly to the pin box steel.

Sure hope this helps.
Do you think the pinbox is thick enough to hold? I was thinking of welding nuts to the pinbox. I'm still thinking of this as a project, but still concerned that it won't work as well with a shortbed truck.
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Old 03-18-2017, 02:27 PM   #14
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My pin box bike rack with pics.

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Do you think the pinbox is thick enough to hold? I was thinking of welding nuts to the pinbox. I'm still thinking of this as a project, but still concerned that it won't work as well with a shortbed truck.

My first pin box hitch was mounted with bolts with nuts.

The current one on my TrailAir are bolts tapped and screwed into the pin box. We didn't want the back end of the bolt sticking through and interfering with the air pillow of the hitch. Probably 15-20,000 towing miles with it and it's still nice and tight.

I can't speak to short vs. long bed. If you want, I can maybe measure how far from the pin box it sticks out.
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Old 03-18-2017, 05:25 PM   #15
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My first pin box hitch was mounted with bolts with nuts.

The current one on my TrailAir are bolts tapped and screwed into the pin box. We didn't want the back end of the bolt sticking through and interfering with the air pillow of the hitch. Probably 15-20,000 towing miles with it and it's still nice and tight.

I can't speak to short vs. long bed. If you want, I can maybe measure how far from the pin box it sticks out.
When you find time, that would be great information. Maybe a picture?

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Old 03-19-2017, 10:45 PM   #16
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When you find time, that would be great information. Maybe a picture?



Thanks

The end of the receiver tube on the hitch is about even with the front cap.

The rear part of the bike rack is about 1' from the front cap.

There are 3 adult bikes on here. The end bike sticks out from the front cap to the outer most bike is about 3'.

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That is awesome information. I cannot thank you enough...

So is it relatively easy to mount/dismount the bikes from the carrier by yourself?
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My rack tilts. So to unload I can either stand in the bed of the truck or I can tilt the rack forward. It's even easier if I lower the front landing gear bringing the hitch and bikes toward the ground.
I also have an 8' bed. The rack holds 4 but I usually only have three bikes on it. I don't have a good side shot of it loaded. I'll get a pic next month when we go to Virginia Beach.

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That is awesome information. I cannot thank you enough...

So is it relatively easy to mount/dismount the bikes from the carrier by yourself?

Yep. For loading, bikes go into the truck bed. Then I back the truck up to the rack and I hang them.

Taking them down is the reverse- from the rack to truck bed to the ground.

Mine tilts also, but I haven't tilted it in quite a while. I just climb up to the truck bed and do it all.

That said, I wish I had a different style of bike rack. Getting my wife's bike on there is a royal pain in the tushy. But that's the rack, not that it's a king pin bike rack.
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Old 03-20-2017, 09:44 AM   #20
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bicycle on truck roof

THE MOUNT SHOWN IN THIS THREAD IS AWESOME.
Has anyone installed a bicycle rack on the roof of your truck while towing camper?
I was trying to think of negatives or reasons not to.

I WOULD APPRECIATE ANY COMMENTS
THANKS IN ADVANCE
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