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Old 05-21-2013, 05:46 PM   #1
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Bike Carrier for Camper

I have a new forest river 'premier' model camper and would like to use the bumper to hold a bike rack. It seems fairly strong however the size 3" high x 1.25" deep doesn't match up with most bumper attachments or adapters which are generally 4' x 4" .
I can either put an adapter on the bumper and install my hitch bike rack that I already own or put a tray type bike rack that also attaches to the bumper.
I looked at the pro rac which is installed on the front and the bike rests on the camper but a little pricey.
Does anybody know where I can find the capacity for the bumper ? or have any other ideas ?
thanks !
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:05 PM   #2
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You'll find that the consensus here will be a resounding no. Just do a search for bike racks and spend the evening reading.
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:11 PM   #3
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You'll get a resounding no from me.
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:31 PM   #4
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I have a new forest river 'premier' model camper and would like to use the bumper to hold a bike rack. It seems fairly strong however the size 3" high x 1.25" deep doesn't match up with most bumper attachments or adapters which are generally 4' x 4" .
I can either put an adapter on the bumper and install my hitch bike rack that I already own or put a tray type bike rack that also attaches to the bumper.
I looked at the pro rac which is installed on the front and the bike rests on the camper but a little pricey.
Does anybody know where I can find the capacity for the bumper ? or have any other ideas ?
thanks !
If you have a 3 pc welded I beam frame, don't even think about it, you'll end up donating the bicycles, rack and possibly the bumper to some highway cleanup crew and possibly cause an accident.
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:53 PM   #5
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A picture is worth a thousand words:

Find an alternate method. There are several great ideas here; just search on "Bike Rack" in the green search box.
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:46 PM   #6
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Here's a thought. Try this from harbor freight:

http://www.harborfreight.com/catalog...t?q=Dual+hitch

And get a hitch mounted rack to go in the top spot.
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:29 PM   #7
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Here's a thought. Try this from harbor freight:

Search results for: 'Dual hitch'

And get a hitch mounted rack to go in the top spot.
Some of those extensions have towing limit reductions of their own. Make sure you read all the specs before you plunk down your money and find out you can't use it with your camper.
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:35 PM   #8
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After reading all the negatives about a bumper mount bike rack, I am inclined to carry our bikes inside our camper. My DH insists that what we have installed on our 5th wheel is adequate but I would like to have the opinions of you guys. Attached are pictures of the receiver that is on our trailer. The spare tire is mounted underneath near the front. We will be carrying 3 to 4 bikes.
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:47 PM   #9
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Herk is right about that adapter's limits. They state that it is only rated for 4000 lbs. I did not use it because I felt it was too close to the weight limit. I thought it my be a viable option for you but you would have to decide with your weights.

I did however use the adapter for the receiver I installed on the back of my popup. (Please keep the boo's and hissing to a minimum) a friend of mine who builds race cars made more or less a second bumper out of .080 steel welded to the frame in three spots. I will take pics of his handy work and post later. The receiver then welded to this new bumper and to frame at two spots. So I use a bike rack and basket back there but I have not put more than 75 lbs in it because of the tongue weight it removes.
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:51 PM   #10
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I have heard that some manufactures install reinforced bumpers and not the ones made out it folded sheet metal like you commonly see. Just not FR. I am trying to find a shop that will replace the stock "hose holder" with such a piece.
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