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Old 07-22-2015, 09:41 AM   #1
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4-bike rack from Forest River - to be used on a HighWall

I am honing in on the 4-bike rack from Forest River - which appears to be the ProRac "Tent Trailer ProFormance" one.

My tow vehicle doesn't have a bed and I don't like hitch "add-on" variants for the bikes. Does anyone have any experience with this type of bike rack on a High Wall? Too cumbersome or awkward to use?

I would love to hear pros and cons before I spend the money on one. Thanks!
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Old 07-22-2015, 12:26 PM   #2
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Lots of posts on the ProRack system. Way to many to link them all here.
Do a search for "prorack" and you will see what think


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Old 07-22-2015, 12:57 PM   #3
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Lots of posts on the ProRack system. Way to many to link them all here.
Do a search for "prorack" and you will see what think


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I didn't see any previous posts with regards to HighWall, specifically the 296.
I look again tonight on the PC and not on this phone. Thanks for the reply.
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Old 07-22-2015, 01:10 PM   #4
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I have a 296 and the Prorack. I modified mine a bit and there is more I would like to
try to make it more stable. There just isn't a better system out the yet. Ping me if you
do not find what your looking for.
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Old 07-22-2015, 02:39 PM   #5
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I also use the 4 bike pro-rack. Excellent product and have no complaints at all.

As wright stated, our particular model requires a slight modification. The base poles are too short. One needs to fabricate a longer pole.

On my previous HW256, it worked fine out of the box. That is because the sprockets would land over the front storage bin which was lower than the roof. The HW296 has no front bin so the bikes basically have to be transported level. To achieve level, you need to raise the front fork attachment bar higher than it is designed to go. To fix this problem, you simply need to get longer base poles.

Wright. Do you have any pics of your mod for this gentleman?

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Vin,

We pick up our 296 from the dealer in Orlando (3hrs away) and they are supposed to install the bike rack prior to delivery. Do you have to order the longer base poles from manufacturer?
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Hi Gator.

I have yet to confront the maker. I believe the mod is simply to obtain a section of pipe from HD or the like and then simply cut it. All the base has is a drill hole thru it for a large pin to go thru. It is simply a black aluminum pipe with that hole. The top portion slides into the base and is held by that pin. You simply need a longer section of pipe for the bottom.

Toughest part is making sure that the ID of the bottom pipe is larger than the OD of the top pipe.

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Gotcha! Thanks!!
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Old 07-23-2015, 09:46 AM   #9
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Seems that I can get the exact same bike rack for about 1/2 the price from Amazon versus the dealer. I have a family friend who is a welder / metal fab expert so I might be able to get with him to help determine how it can be modified for the longer base poles.
Or maybe I can figure it out myself once the rack arrives but kinda going into this blind since I have yet to see in person the bike rack on a 296. Thanks for all the replies!
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If I get it installed on Wednesday I will post pics!
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