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Old 08-20-2020, 03:59 PM   #1
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Bike rack

We have a 2018 Cedar Creek Hathaway the model is 34RL 2. We would like to be able to put a bike cycle rack on Our 5th wheel. It did not come with a bumper. I thought about having a Receiver put on but not sure if that is a good ideal either. It does have a ladder But was not wanting to put bicycles on it. Yes anybody out there have any recommendations as far as being able to install a bicycle rack They will not go in the Bed Of the truck.

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Old 08-20-2020, 05:07 PM   #2
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If you know a welding shop, or even an independent RV service shop, ask them about welding a bumper onto your frame AND including a bike rack. I found having these items fabricated locally is usually much cheaper, and stronger, than other options.
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Old 08-20-2020, 05:29 PM   #3
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We have a CC 34RL2 also. We had the optional hitch put on when we ordered it. Problem is that it is too small for any RV approved bike rack. Need a class 2 1.5 inch receiver and factory is 1.25 inch. You don’t need a bumper installed, just a cross piece welded in at back of frame to weld a hitch onto. Next year I am going to see if Orvan at Amish Family RV can upgrade our hitch to class 2. If Orvan is a viable option for you I would give him a call about it, just make sure you get at least a 1.5 inch hitch. I couldn’t find a single 1.25 bike rack that was RV approved.
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Old 08-20-2020, 10:00 PM   #4
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Make that you need a 2 inch receiver. You need a 2 inch receiver for an RV approved bike rack.
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Old 08-20-2020, 10:12 PM   #5
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Haave you looked at the products on this page?

https://mount-n-lock.com/all-product...ent-bumper-kit
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Old 08-20-2020, 10:20 PM   #6
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Can the bikes fit inside the 5th wheel? If you actually like your bikes, don't put them on the back of the trailer. I was going down the road the other day and it looked like the bikes were going to bounce right off the rack on a 5th wheel I saw. I actually changed lanes so I didn't run over them when they eventually fall off..
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Thank you all for the replies. When I get back home I will check on a welding shop to see about having one put on. I had thought about having one welded on but was not sure if the frame would support One. thank you again
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Old 08-21-2020, 10:59 AM   #8
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Can the bikes fit inside the 5th wheel? If you actually like your bikes, don't put them on the back of the trailer. I was going down the road the other day and it looked like the bikes were going to bounce right off the rack on a 5th wheel I saw. I actually changed lanes so I didn't run over them when they eventually fall off..
Thank you for the information. I wouldn't like that for sure
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Old 08-21-2020, 11:44 AM   #9
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What the CC factory does is weld two 2x4x20 inch steel rectangles to each side of the frame to bring the hitch down 8 inches so the receiver is just below the rear cap. There is no cutout of the rear cap in case someone wants to do that to yours. What the person said about the bikes bouncing around is very true, that is why the approved racks are built like tanks! No 1.25 inch hitch would withstand it for long.
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I've never understood the fifth wheels with no bumper. The new model we are looking at doesn't have one, so that will be added with some good square tubing. We use our bumper too much to be w/o one.
Bikes and bike racks only bounce around if you let them. Several methods to secure them on the back, most using a bumper
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Old 08-21-2020, 12:32 PM   #11
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I've never understood the fifth wheels with no bumper. The new model we are looking at doesn't have one, so that will be added with some good square tubing. We use our bumper too much to be w/o one.
Bikes and bike racks only bounce around if you let them. Several methods to secure them on the back, most using a bumper
I totally agree. I would much prefer a flat back with a bumper. Probably could add one to a capped rear just as easy as adding a bike rack.
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We have a 2018 Cedar Creek Hathaway the model is 34RL 2. We would like to be able to put a bike cycle rack on Our 5th wheel. It did not come with a bumper. I thought about having a Receiver put on but not sure if that is a good ideal either. It does have a ladder But was not wanting to put bicycles on it. Yes anybody out there have any recommendations as far as being able to install a bicycle rack They will not go in the Bed Of the truck.

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When we ordered our 2018 36CK2, we requested a 2" receiver even though the standard for CC was 1 1/2". Unfortunately it came with the 1 1/2" instead of the 2" . So when we had it at Orvan's last November, we had him change it to a 2" . However we haven't used it yet due that we haven't purchased a qualified RV bike rack. We currently have a Swagman platform which we like very much (1 1/2 tubing which we use on our SUV and truck), so will probably buy their RV approved platform rack.

CC (I believe) are putting on 2" receivers now on their new units.
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When we ordered our 2018 36CK2, we requested a 2" receiver even though the standard for CC was 1 1/2". Unfortunately it came with the 1 1/2" instead of the 2" . So when we had it at Orvan's last November, we had him change it to a 2" . However we haven't used it yet due that we haven't purchased a qualified RV bike rack. We currently have a Swagman platform which we like very much (1 1/2 tubing which we use on our SUV and truck), so will probably buy their RV approved platform rack.



CC (I believe) are putting on 2" receivers now on their new units.


They are. We have the 2020 37mbh with 2” hitch
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Old 08-23-2020, 08:20 PM   #14
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We had the River Stone receiver hitch installed by Orvan's welder. It is 2" receiver hitch and is rated for 150Lbs.
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Just curious does or has any one carried bikes on the front of their trucks?
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Old 08-24-2020, 10:49 AM   #16
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Just curious does or has any one carried bikes on the front of their trucks?


Yes, did that for years. Added a 2” receiver to the front of the F250 and used a platform from Camping World. Worked great.
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