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Old 12-20-2014, 04:30 PM   #11
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I like the newer style bike racks that mount on the a frame tongue and make the bikes sit over the propane tanks. Very little bounce and you can see them we have a TT. But would think that would work for a pop up too.

For example
http://www.racksforcars.com/ARVIKA/
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Old 12-20-2014, 05:20 PM   #12
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I came across these as an answer to the strengthening the square 4" rear bumper. It sounds like they should help with adding a bike rack to the back of your camper.

Amazon.com: 4SQUARE SafetyStruts: Automotive

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I hope this is not a thread hi-jack but this looks like exactly what I need to strengthen the bumper on my Rockwood 2306 which has notoriously weak bumper welds. Any thoughts, experience, opinions on these as attached to a Rockwood Minilite 2306, or equiv? Want to carry a few bicycles back there attached to the bumper.
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Old 12-20-2014, 05:35 PM   #13
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By the looks of them they look like they would?


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Old 12-21-2014, 11:30 AM   #14
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Thanks for all the feedback. Looks like the bumper would need some reinforcement. I will have to look more closely in the spring. Or when the snow pack melts a little.
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Old 12-21-2014, 03:34 PM   #15
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Hi everyone,
Want to add a bike rack to my 2318g. Not crazy about mounting stuff to the roof so I was considering a rear bumper model. I see concerns about the strength of the rear bumper and its ability to hold anything. I need to carry minimum of 3 bikes so was looking at 4 bike carriers. Any thoughts on this? Always appreciate the support and feedback from everyone
Thanks in advance. I have time I'm hibernating for the winter here in New England. Brrrr
I would not carry any bikes on the rear of my pop up. If you mess with reinforceing I would imagine you could cause issues with the frame warranty if you have one. Also have read of sway issues from the weight. If you don't want a roof mounted rack, look at the Pro Rac system. That is what we are going to go with. Will accommodate up to 6 bikes and no roof or frame drilling.
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Old 12-21-2014, 03:46 PM   #16
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If you have a popup and don't need a weight distributing hitch, you can try one of these:

Towing Rack Hitch Bike Racks | etrailer.com

I had a Reese (similar to the Swagman S64675) with my 1988 Coleman Sequoia that I used for 6 or 7 years, with two adult bikes and 2 teenager bikes on it. Worked great. Pulled it with two different Grand Caravans.

It also allows you to take the bikes on the car to somewhere else besides the campground. You can't do that with the bumper or A-frame mounts.

They also make racks for the tops of popups, but 1) you need a good roof, and 2) A/C units get in the way. See this one:

http://www.etrailer.com/dept-pg-RV_a...Roof_Rack.aspx

On the plus side, they put most of the weight on the camper rather than the tongue.
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Old 02-15-2015, 02:16 PM   #17
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That pop up only has a c-channel type bumper.


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Amazon has them for about $48.00 so with a receiver, $20.00 total about $70.00
It looks like it should work.
Guess you need to drill four holes to mount it.
Anyone use it yet?
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Right. I just went out and measured...3" x 1.5"
And it was 14 degrees out there.
So the 4SQUARE SafetyStruts will not work..
Gonna go with a front receiver.
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Old 02-20-2015, 09:19 AM   #19
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Just installed a Pro Rac on my HW296

I just installed the ProRac on my TT I it works very well. I am impressed with
how well it was built. Assembly and install took less than an hour.
It could be a little taller but works fine on my HW296. I am never a fan of
removing my front tire but this really is the best system out there for a TT.
A lot of people complained about all the tie down straps but I designed my own
system using a single ratchet strap and tiedown loop straps (link below)
around the bottom tube near the cranks. zig zagged the ratchet strap through
the loops and around the top tube of the rack is easy and there is
only one tension point to maintain. It only takes about 15 minutes to load or
unload the bikes.


Amazon.com: Soft Loops Tie-Down Straps (4-Pack) --> 1,200 lb. Working Load Capacity --> Factory Tested at 2,272 lb. Break Strength (<<< See Testing Photos in Sidebar) Safety Neon Orange Color - Protects Your ATV, Snowmobile, UTV, Motorcycle and Lawn/
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Old 02-21-2015, 11:19 AM   #20
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I would not think the rear bumper would handle the weight. Forces created while driving can cause some trouble. The bouncing might just put too much stress on the bumper.
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