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Old 03-10-2015, 08:15 AM   #1
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has anyone ever added a receiver/hitch to the back of their pop-up? I've got a bike rack that attaches to a hitch/receiver that I'd like to attach to the bumper of the pop-up if it won't add too much weight to it. Only looking at adding a couple bikes.

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Old 03-10-2015, 08:34 AM   #2
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Brian, there are all sorts of threads pertaining to adding bikes to the back of a trailer.........most of them indicate it is not a good idea. The bumpers are not made for the weight, plus with lighter trailers such as pop-ups, it may take too much weight off of the trailer tongue.

Do a search FRF search on "bike racks" (top green bar). Some threads even have pictures of torn welds on bumpers.
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Thanks. I done some searching, but guess I didn't search the right thing.
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Old 03-10-2015, 08:38 AM   #4
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Brian, here are a few: Forest River Forums - Threads Tagged with Bike Rack
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Old 03-10-2015, 09:58 AM   #5
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I think the general consensus on the forum that the roof of an SUV or van, or the bed of a pickup is best way to carry bikes.
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Old 03-10-2015, 11:00 AM   #6
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Hey Brian -- I have a Toyota Highlander and I can't use one of those hang off the back carriers (which is a bad design on Toyota's part, IMO...the small spoiler-like thing at the top of the back hatch door is decorative only and can't support weight), so I have this Curt carrier that clamps to the hitch draw bar. It's less than ideal in many ways, but for me it's the only way to carry bikes! (I don't have the skill necessary for a roof mount, nor do I have the strength needed to put bikes up there!)

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Old 03-11-2015, 07:31 AM   #7
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Google Curt Dual Hitch Receiver, that is what I have for my bike rack, and with an extension you have the option of lowering the truck tail gate without interference. I also bought a 2 bike rack from Harbor Freight. You don't mention what you are using for a tow vehicle, so this may not work for you.
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I think the best way is to put a rack on top of the popup. Not as high as a TV and won't add all the weight to the tongue.
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Old 03-11-2015, 08:41 AM   #9
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If you are set on having a rear bike rack, then the best way is to install a hitch receiver to the frame of the pop up. You can either have one welded on or bolted on. They look just like the ones you would bolt to a vehicle. Check out etrailer for RV hitch receivers.

Forget about mounting anything to the thin metal rear bumper on your Pup. That will just not hold up to the stress forces of the bikes while your driving.

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where do you live? we have a hitch rack that we might be willing to part with... but if not close to Minnesota then shipping it would be expensive
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