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Old 05-15-2012, 10:52 PM   #71
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Originally Posted by dilgerc View Post
Vrmhw-m I would love to see pics when you are finished. I too am struggling with a way to carry two bikes. Thanks
it would help knowing what you're towing with.

what Vrmhw-m is talking about, is to mount one or more of these to a piece of 2x4, 2x6 or 2x8:


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Old 05-15-2012, 11:29 PM   #72
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Got it. Thanks

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Old 05-15-2012, 11:36 PM   #73
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What about a clamp on system over your battery on the tongue? Mount a bar up and over the battery/propane tanks. Might add a bit of tongue weight, but if you have room to add some, shouldn't be a big amount.

Now if it is a 5'er (or even a TT i guess), maybe a roof rack on the RV? I have seen people put kayaks on their rooves. you would probably want to design it so they lay as flat to the roof as possible, though, or you might have some fun underpasses. lol

Just some brainstorming. May or may not be feasible, but you gotta think outside the box to come around to a good solution sometimes.
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Old 08-08-2012, 06:21 PM   #74
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Wow, this is quite the thread. Some of you are really stirred up!

I've used the bolt on type of receiver hitch on several trailer bumpers. Never seen a bumper too flimsy to not hold a few hundred pounds from a bike rack or storage platform. Most RV's already carry a spare tire bolted on there, so there is some capacity to carry a load.

What I have watched out for is the quality of the welding I see from frame to bumper. That appears to be all over the place, as most workers doing this are relatively unskilled. I'd much rather see a bolted connection between frame and bumper, but that of course is more expensive. So whatever you do, you need to apply some common sense and keep an eye on things and keep weight down. 600 lbs of firewood on a platform attached to a bumper hitch is not a good idea!

I think that some manufacturers have had claims from poor welds that separated, so the lawyers just say "stop having hitches!" Easy problem solved - who cares what customers want?

BTW, when I was looking at Surveyors, their website says designed to be towed my minivans. What minivan can tow a 3200lb trailer (dry) with nearly 400lbs tongue weight (their smallest trailer)? Exactly none.
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Old 08-08-2012, 07:49 PM   #75
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They are not going to like this either...

I talked to a guy on Monday who was pulling a Rockwood 5er and he had a bolt on receiver on his bumper that was also tied to the frame with 3 bikes on it, he also said he tows a small trailer with 2 quads and has been doing it for 4 years with no problems.

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