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Old 08-20-2012, 11:26 PM   #11
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To use a hike mounted bike rack on the back of the trailer you need a hitch that is welded to the frame. Those bolt on receivers would work if the bumper was strong enough which it not. The swagman bike rack is the only one i found and use that states it is guaranteed for use on the back of a trailer.
welding a receiver to the frame, will void the frame's warranty. if yours is expired, then go for it.
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Old 08-20-2012, 11:48 PM   #12
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You guys wouldn't believe the amount of bike racks I saw at the campground we stayed at last weekend, mine being one of them. I'd say 1/2 of the 136 campsites had one. Not saying it's right or wrong, nor did I inspect to see how they were mounted, but they are used that way alot.
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Old 08-21-2012, 02:35 AM   #13
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I bought a 2 inch receiver adapter for a 4" bumper at Campers World - why would they sell them if you can't put one on your TT?

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Old 08-21-2012, 03:30 AM   #14
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I bought a 2 inch receiver adapter for a 4" bumper at Campers World - why would they sell them if you can't put one on your TT?
because the frames/bumpers are different between regular trailers and ultra-light trailers. have you looked at the weight differences between regular trailers/5th wheels and their ultra-light cousins? part of that is due to the heavier frame/bumper.

CW isn't responsible if you decided to put one of those on a poorly-welded bumper on an ultra-light trailer.
they are selling those to be installed on the right RV.

even bike rack manufacturers advise against putting a bike rack on the back of a trailer. only Swagman makes one recommended for that.
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Old 08-21-2012, 04:19 AM   #15
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My folks used this rig for thier bikes for a couple of years. I don't know much about it, but the lightweight WDH worked fine with it (we installed bags to level TV after this shot was taken). Not sure it would work in your case.

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I find it funny that sometimes people come here looking for validation of their ideas; yet when conflicting opinions are presented spend many posts trying to convince the person that their idea is OK.

We won't be the ones having to deal with frame damage or the insurance company when your bike carrier, and bikes, departs the camper and causes a crash or worse.

Without shocks, the bouncing of anything back there will act as a lever arm all the way forward to the rear axle attachment points. Broken bumper welds will be the least of your worries.

NOT RECOMMENDED - leave them in or ON the truck or inside the camper during travel. You, of course, can do as you please.
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I find it funny that sometimes people come here looking for validation of their ideas; yet when conflicting opinions are presented spend many posts trying to convince the person that their idea is OK.

We won't be the ones having to deal with frame damage or the insurance company when your bike carrier, and bikes, departs the camper and causes a crash or worse.

Without shocks, the bouncing of anything back there will act as a lever arm all the way forward to the rear axle attachment points. Broken bumper welds will be the least of your worries.

NOT RECOMMENDED - leave them in or ON the truck or inside the camper during travel. You, of course, can do as you please.
I feel the same.
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Old 08-21-2012, 08:33 AM   #18
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Anyone follow a travel trailer or 5th wheel down the road with bikes hanging on the back ?? It is not a pretty sight. I either drop way back, or get around them as quickly as I can. I don't want to be back there when those puppies end up in the road.

On our most recent trip, we spotted a trailer that had bikes on a rear carrier that were strapped to the travel trailer. Those bikes were still swinging wildly, even with the straps. It was a section of rough interstate, but travelers have to be prepared for those type of roads.

As others have stated, the best place for bikes are on the inside or the tongue of the camper, or on/in the tow vehicle.
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Anyone follow a travel trailer or 5th wheel down the road with bikes hanging on the back ?? It is not a pretty sight. I either drop way back, or get around them as quickly as I can. I don't want to be back there when those puppies end up in the road.

On our most recent trip, we spotted a trailer that had bikes on a rear carrier that were strapped to the travel trailer. Those bikes were still swinging wildly, even with the straps. It was a section of rough interstate, but travelers have to be prepared for those type of roads.

As others have stated, the best place for bikes are on the inside or the tongue of the camper, or on/in the tow vehicle.
Just passed one the other day.......
Was driving alone so no video arggggg.
I WILL get one on video !
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Old 08-21-2012, 10:22 AM   #20
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I agree unless your tailer came with a frame mounted hitch don't hang bikes off the rear bumper. Talk to your deal if it is okay to install one on your trailer they will let you know. If they say yes have them do it not to void the warranty.
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