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Old 09-05-2012, 07:36 PM   #31
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4 bikes , a little giant ladder, fire wood , and a fish fryer setup....all tucked in bed nicely!



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Old 09-05-2012, 09:10 PM   #32
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Here was my solution:

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Old 09-05-2012, 09:53 PM   #33
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Two years ago the UPS man delivered two of these to the house, one was my Christmas Present from my DW. When we got these we were using our van to pull our PUP. These fit in the back of the van with no problems. Now we have the tt, I just fold them up and set them in the back of the truck, one bungee secures them. If we needed to, we could put them in our tt by folding the handle bars. Just another solution if you want a bike and need the space.

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For a while my folks used thier Bike Fridays (Bike Friday - Custom folding and travel bicycles hand-crafted in Oregon). They came in a suitcase that you can use as a trailer. When in the case you can chuck them anywhere in the car or trailer.
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Old 09-10-2012, 10:41 PM   #34
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I went this route. 2" box tubing through both frame rails and welded in place.
Center receiver tube welded to the 2" box tubing and then a plate welded to the rear face of the bumper for a little extra support. Went with the Swagman bike rack. Also added a loop on the front face of the 2" box tubing for a place to attach a strap. Works very well and is very stable.




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Old 09-20-2012, 08:43 PM   #35
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hi folks,
i've been reading thru the threads on bike-racks and see lots of different opinions out there... i've been convinced that i should return my bolt on bumper receiver, however other than a couple vague comments like "i'd never do this" i've not heard any convincing argument on why a dual receiver like this: 4-Inch Dual Hitch Receiver - Roadmaster Inc 077-4 - Hitches & Hitch Bars - Camping World wouldn't work.
it's got a certified towing capacity of 10,000 lbs which is plenty (even loaded my 2306 is a max of 5,000lbs)
it's got a max tongue weight of 400 lbs - this gives me about 150lbs
it's a 2" receiver, so i just plug in my WD 2" receiver and use WD like i would if it's attached directly to the truck
ok - i might need longer chains and/or longer cord to plug it into the truck, but other than that, should i be concerned?

reasons why other commonly referred to solutions wouldn't work for us..
* we're a family of 4, so 4 bikes and i know regardless of how careful we would eventually scratch up the inside of the TT, not to mention the dirt the bikes would track in
* we have the truck bed, but sometimes we camp with a bunch of people and we end up bringing a load of firewood or other stuff for different people
* my wife has concerns about all the bug guts on the bikes if we add a hitch to the front of the truck for a front carrier (anybody who has one of these could chime in and comment how real this concerns is?)
* if this works, this $130 solution looks much easier on the pocket book than some $1K mount-on-the-tongue bike rack solution

thanks in advance for your helpful responses.
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Old 09-25-2012, 04:39 PM   #36
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I still swear by the old mountain bikers' trick of loading the bikes over the tailgate of the truck using a simple tailgate cover to protect the tailgate and the bikes. On our last trip we carried 4 bikes and had room for a full sized kennel for the dog in the back. As a bonus, you can lock the bikes into the box for security, and you're always ready for a cycling excursion after dropping off the trailer.
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Old 09-26-2012, 05:16 PM   #37
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I mounted this Thule Rack to the rear bumper of my Cherokee. Inspected the rear bumper and rewelded what I thought were weak spots. Everything went well for a season and a half. Then the bumper was ripping loose from the frame next to the weld





Here' s the added reinforcements.


1 1/2" X 3" steel tubing is welded in between frame rails against an existing cross member



Then two pieces of tubing were welded 12" left and right from center between bumper and cross beam. At the same time I added reinforcing at the bumper/frame connection and welded it all together.

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Old 09-26-2012, 05:35 PM   #38
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I mounted this Thule Rack to the rear bumper of my Cherokee. Inspected the rear bumper and rewelded what I thought were weak spots. Everything went well for a season and a half. Then the bumper was ripping loose from the frame next to the weld

Here' s the added reinforcements.

1 1/2" X 3" steel tubing is welded in between frame rails against an existing cross member

Then two pieces of tubing were welded 12" left and right from center between bumper and cross beam. At the same time I added reinforcing at the bumper/frame connection and welded it all together.

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Old 10-04-2012, 08:50 AM   #40
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I had a close friend who owned a welding shop and one of his largest money makers was adding hitches for towing boats or bikes on 5th wheels and travel trailer. He used two pieces of 2" heavy gauge tubing welded between the frame rails about two feet apart then welded another piece to the rear of the trailer with a hitch receiver on it. He never had one come back because of failure and several rv dealer would send people to him for his service. In Mi. it's legal to tow a boat or other trailer behind a 5th wheel if you don't exceed a specified length. Also to do so you need a special licence I believe. but he did a lot of these on travel trailers also. He would also not hesitate to tell people if their frames weren't strong enough to do so. I would never attach a bike hitch to the back bumper. I have seen too many horror stories from such. A few weeks ago we followed a motorhome with bikes on a bike rack bouncing on the ground about ready to fall off. We tried to get his attention but he was off in space somewhere not looking in his rear view mirror. I know all three bikes on his rack had flat rims from hitting the ground. If he didn't loose them after he turned and went another direction that we weren't. The bumpers on these campers are more for looks than function they are just light gauge steel and usually the welds are questionable.
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