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Old 05-20-2021, 09:27 AM   #1
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Smile Bikes - Running out of options!

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I'm interested in getting some ideas for carrying bikes with a 5th wheel! I feel like I've explored all the possible options and we can't seem to come to an agreement on how to tow them!

I'd love some input and any possible ideas on what we can do - we have 2 adult bikes and 2 kids bikes (24" and a 16").

My husband does NOT want: the bikes on the front of his truck, on the top of his truck, or a bike rack on the back bumper.... clearly, you can see my issue here... our back bumper is also split, due to the door and the steps.

So far we've been putting them in the back bunk room which not only is a MASSIVE PAIN but it has also scraped up some of the wood from the entertainment area.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 05-20-2021, 09:41 AM   #2
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Old 05-20-2021, 09:50 AM   #3
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I've seen where some have modified their 5th wheel "tongue" (sorry, I forget what it's called) and was able to mount 2 bikes there and as someone else noted, you could mount the remaining 2 on the ladder. Would keep all 4 out of the camper.
If I can find the mods I've seen to 5th wheel hitch for bike rack I'll post here.
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The OP has "4" bikes. The Salem's ladder configuration/location is not the same the pictured motorhome. I honestly don't think there are any more viable options as the husband has already ruled them out.
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A pin box mount of some kind is all that is left.
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thanks! I'm going to show him these! His main concern about not wanting to use the bumper is similar to all the other things I've found - that it's not rated to carry the weight. He's afraid it's going to break off on the interstate!
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thanks! I'm going to show him these! His main concern about not wanting to use the bumper is similar to all the other things I've found - that it's not rated to carry the weight. He's afraid it's going to break off on the interstate!
He's right.. I've seen it before myself.

Driving down the interstate I saw the remains of what looked like two expensive carbon fiber bikes. They had been hit and were all mangled. A couple miles up the road I saw the camper with the bumper ripped off the rear.. hanging there off one side.

You've got some good ideas here. That rack on the front of the 5th wheel is what I'd go for.
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He's right.. I've seen it before myself.

Driving down the interstate I saw the remains of what looked like two expensive carbon fiber bikes. They had been hit and were all mangled. A couple miles up the road I saw the camper with the bumper ripped off the rear.. hanging there off one side.

You've got some good ideas here. That rack on the front of the 5th wheel is what I'd go for.
And that's exactly what he's afraid of. I did see something online about people using the safety struts to reinforce the bumper - I thought about that but he still seems a little hesitant. I wonder if anyone has any input on those? I really wanted something simple but we would definitely need someone to fabricate something for the pin box if we went that route.
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And that's exactly what he's afraid of. I did see something online about people using the safety struts to reinforce the bumper - I thought about that but he still seems a little hesitant. I wonder if anyone has any input on those? I really wanted something simple but we would definitely need someone to fabricate something for the pin box if we went that route.
My BIL has those. He's been fine. Personally, I don't think I've ever heard of a failure. However, my bikes are expensive so I probably wouldn't trust it. You can't see them back there which is probably my biggest hang up. If something was starting to fail you probably wouldn't know it until it had completely failed. In my example above that camper was about 10 miles away. My guess is that someone pulled him over.

Personally, if I was to go that route I'd find a welder that could fabricate up a rear hitch.
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Here's another option.



I only carry 2 on top the "Little Creeker" but could do 4 if needed.
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One of the kingpin bike rack pictures was mine. A welder/fabricator can put this together pretty easily:
https://learntorv.com/diy-fifth-whee...rack-pictures/

I would do 2-3 bikes on the kingpin and then put the smallest of bikes in the truck bed.
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Maybe your husband would reconsider mounting on the front of the truck. It's a fairly popular solution.
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Hello!

I'm interested in getting some ideas for carrying bikes with a 5th wheel! I feel like I've explored all the possible options and we can't seem to come to an agreement on how to tow them!

I'd love some input and any possible ideas on what we can do - we have 2 adult bikes and 2 kids bikes (24" and a 16").

My husband does NOT want: the bikes on the front of his truck, on the top of his truck, or a bike rack on the back bumper.... clearly, you can see my issue here... our back bumper is also split, due to the door and the steps.

So far we've been putting them in the back bunk room which not only is a MASSIVE PAIN but it has also scraped up some of the wood from the entertainment area.

Thanks in advance!
Check out www.1up-USA.com
Been using this rack for 2 ebikes over a year now. Pricey but secure. You will need to have a frame mounted receiver to accommodate this unit. No add on bumper receivers
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Hello!

I'm interested in getting some ideas for carrying bikes with a 5th wheel! I feel like I've explored all the possible options and we can't seem to come to an agreement on how to tow them!

I'd love some input and any possible ideas on what we can do - we have 2 adult bikes and 2 kids bikes (24" and a 16").

My husband does NOT want: the bikes on the front of his truck, on the top of his truck, or a bike rack on the back bumper.... clearly, you can see my issue here... our back bumper is also split, due to the door and the steps.

So far we've been putting them in the back bunk room which not only is a MASSIVE PAIN but it has also scraped up some of the wood from the entertainment area.

Thanks in advance!
I put a receiver hitch on the front of my TV. There are numerous styles (and price points) for this type of set-up.
Adds some versatility to the vehicle as well.
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Old 05-27-2021, 06:38 PM   #17
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Just get a front hitch. They are cheap and easy to put on, plus you can keep an eye on the bikes while travelling.
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thanks! I'm going to show him these! His main concern about not wanting to use the bumper is similar to all the other things I've found - that it's not rated to carry the weight. He's afraid it's going to break off on the interstate!
RV bumpers often come from the factory with fold down cargo carriers and spare tires mounted on them. I can guarantee that they don’t de-rate bumper load capacity if those options aren’t installed. Mount the carrier and be done with it.
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RV bumpers often come from the factory with fold down cargo carriers and spare tires mounted on them. I can guarantee that they don’t de-rate bumper load capacity if those options aren’t installed. Mount the carrier and be done with it.
This is not true for all RVs, especially ultralights.
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