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Old 03-30-2020, 10:59 AM   #1
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Bike mount for travel rack

Hello Community,

I'm searching a good way to mount 2 bicycles to our foldable travel rack on our Grey Wolf travel trailer (see picture).

Two solutions I found in other threads so far:

1) Install fork mounts and tie strap the bike. Downside here is that you have to remove the front wheel from your bikes every time you load.

2) Buy the Stromberg ultra bike rack (https://www.campingworld.com/strombe...ack-58854.html) but I think you cannot fold up the travel rack anymore.

Does anyone know a better solution? I'd love to have something like the Stromberg bike rack but foldable so I can still fold up the travel rack easy.

Thank you!!
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Old 03-30-2020, 11:32 AM   #2
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I will be following this thread closely, I have just begun the same search for being able to put a couple of bikes on the fold down equipment tray on the rear of our trailer. I will need to get some measurements of distance between rack and trailer to see if the Stromberg brackets will work (with a permanent mount tot he rack) or if there is an alternative way of mounting them to the rack that makes them easily removed when not needed (but sturdy and safe when in use).
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Old 03-30-2020, 11:35 AM   #3
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My thought:

You might try a platform rack that you can remove the part that goes into the receiver (or cut it off). Bolt the platform part down to the folding rack. These platform racks usually have folding arms that hold the bikes wheels. If the dimensions are good, you might be able to fold the arms down and then fold the folding rack up with the platform/arms still attached.

An alternative might be to figure how to remove the folding arms from the platform rack and attach them directly to the folding rack.
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All good thoughts Rockford.

One other thing I had considered, was I have seen in the stores, a floor bike rack. That can stand 2 bikes side by side for your garage. If the footprint of one of those stands fits on the tray (or if you could trim some from each "foot" of the stand to make it fit, that could work. My thought on that is:
-Put the stand on the rack
-Put the bikes on the rack standing in the stand
-Using ratchet straps, tie down the bikes (which in turn ties down the stand to the rack)

Like this:
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Floor-Bik...Black/35505022
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Old 03-30-2020, 12:58 PM   #5
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OP, have exactly what you have on my Wildcatt:
1. once the stromberg hoops are installed you can't fold up the carrier
2. We have beach cruisers and there is not enough clearance between the trailer and the inboard bike's handle bars, even if they're set in alternate directions.


I sent them back and bought a rack that fits into a receiver that I have for this purpose. I had mine welded to the frame but they make bolt on receivers,. Just don't use the one that clamps to the bumper without reinforcing it or getting those special tube bumper clams.
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Old 03-30-2020, 01:41 PM   #6
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Here's another thought. Modify the video below by bolting the wood to your folding rack.

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i bolted two steel plates and thule fork mounts to my rack - works great. removing front tires with quick release hubs is neither difficult or time consuming. the bikes made it from ontario to PEI to NB to VA and Boston an back with no issues. i have 3 fork mounts on tehre now - two at one end, one at the other.
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I have used to "floor" bike rack for 2 bikes but I actually used U bolts to secure the bike rack, then strapped the bikes down and used locking cable for security. I didn't need to fold my carry rack up. I did afterward notice one of the bracket welds failing because the carry rack had too much play and apparently bounced enough to cause a problem. Next time I used some pipe strap to additionally secure the rack to the chassis bracket. I have then changed out the bike rack for a large black lockable box which I carried 2 generators to Alaska in using the same u bolts concept. Other than the partial weld failure I'm quite happy with the setups and simply add 2 feet when asked how long my trailer is.
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Old 03-30-2020, 02:42 PM   #9
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Bike Racks for Gray Wolf Travel Rack

Below is my reply from a couple of yeas ago, works great
Just got the bike rack completed on the travel rack. Thought i would reply with some picks. i used the rockymounts tomahawk bike rack. I ordered the locks to go with them to secure the bikes when parked. As you can see i have secured them racks through the expanded metal to the structural supports on the rack.
Have not traveled with them yet but will in the next week or so.
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Old 03-30-2020, 02:56 PM   #10
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I welded a small bracket to the travel rack and bolted the bike rack to it.
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you can see in vibe's pic that the inside bike has it's handle bars twisted that would have done the trick with mine too, I just didn't like that I had to unbolt them every time I wanted to fold up the rack.
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Old 03-30-2020, 03:21 PM   #12
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I just used Harbor Freight ratchet straps to hold my 100 pound mini bike to my non folding rack. Why couldn’t the OP do the same with the bicycles? One thing I would advise, regardless of how the OP ends up mounting the bikes is to make sure that there is no “bounce” in the rack when hitting a bump. The folding racks that I have seen at RV shows, use a pin to hold the rack down that is sloppy enough (at least on the ones at the show) to let the rack bounce up and down. That would be very hard on both the bikes and the rack itself. Jay
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Old 03-30-2020, 03:26 PM   #13
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Hello Community,

I'm searching a good way to mount 2 bicycles to our foldable travel rack on our Grey Wolf travel trailer (see picture).

Two solutions I found in other threads so far:

1) Install fork mounts and tie strap the bike. Downside here is that you have to remove the front wheel from your bikes every time you load.

2) Buy the Stromberg ultra bike rack (https://www.campingworld.com/strombe...ack-58854.html) but I think you cannot fold up the travel rack anymore.

Does anyone know a better solution? I'd love to have something like the Stromberg bike rack but foldable so I can still fold up the travel rack easy.

Thank you!!
One option is a bike rack for the tongue called the "Jack-It" by Lippert. It installes over your tongue jack (electric or manual). https://www.google.com/search?q=jack...hrome&ie=UTF-8
Another option will require some minor skill. Take a 2" sq tubing and bolt it where it will lay down when not in use. Some caution here, make sure when you bolt to your rack that you supprot the inside of the tube so it does not collapse. You can use one on each end and then ratchet down your bikes to the rack and the tubes will supprot your bikes from back and forth movement. Personally, I would recommend the "Jack-It" avail on Amazon for about $170.
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Old 03-30-2020, 03:51 PM   #14
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One option is a bike rack for the tongue called the "Jack-It" by Lippert. It installes over your tongue jack (electric or manual). https://www.google.com/search?q=jack...hrome&ie=UTF-8
Another option will require some minor skill. Take a 2" sq tubing and bolt it where it will lay down when not in use. Some caution here, make sure when you bolt to your rack that you supprot the inside of the tube so it does not collapse. You can use one on each end and then ratchet down your bikes to the rack and the tubes will supprot your bikes from back and forth movement. Personally, I would recommend the "Jack-It" avail on Amazon for about $170.
Agree on “Jack-it”!
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[QUOTE=marcap;2296894]Hello Community,

I'm searching a good way to mount 2 bicycles to our foldable travel rack on our Grey Wolf travel trailer (see picture).

2) Buy the Stromberg ultra bike rack (https://www.campingworld.com/strombe...ack-58854.html) but I think you cannot fold up the travel rack anymore.



I have the Stromberg bike rack on my 2020 Alpha Wolf 26RL-L and the rack does fold up all the way with them still on. I don't rely on the straps that came with the rack. Rather, I use heavier ratchet straps, and the bikes are very secure on the rack.
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Old 03-30-2020, 04:29 PM   #16
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I have the Stromberg bike rack on my 2020 Alpha Wolf 26RL-L and the rack does fold up all the way with them still on. I don't rely on the straps that came with the rack. Rather, I use heavier ratchet straps, and the bikes are very secure on the rack.
Thanks that's useful to know. I was planning on strapping them down additionally. anyway. So the rack doesn't shake too much and damaging the bikes while driving as someone mentioned it before?

Thanks to all the other posters and the great responses. I'm sure other users will be happy about the collected knowledge here.
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Old 03-30-2020, 04:54 PM   #17
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How about using the Stromberg type wheel holders, but bolt them to a sheet of marine grade plywood the size of the carry shelf. Strap the bikes down, and this should also hold the plywood in place. When not carrying the bikes, just lift the plywood off and leave it in your garage.
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Old 03-30-2020, 04:59 PM   #18
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Hello Community,

I'm searching a good way to mount 2 bicycles to our foldable travel rack on our Grey Wolf travel trailer (see picture).

Two solutions I found in other threads so far:

1) Install fork mounts and tie strap the bike. Downside here is that you have to remove the front wheel from your bikes every time you load.

2) Buy the Stromberg ultra bike rack (https://www.campingworld.com/strombe...ack-58854.html) but I think you cannot fold up the travel rack anymore.

Does anyone know a better solution? I'd love to have something like the Stromberg bike rack but foldable so I can still fold up the travel rack easy.

Thank you!!
We bought a bike rack that fits on spare tire. Work really well, don't need anymore we bought a motorhome and traded TT in.
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Old 03-30-2020, 05:06 PM   #19
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We had this type of rack on our Wildcat. We used those brackets that hold each wheel. We just left them on. When we parked our trailer at home, to get more room behind it, we just removed the rack and stored it underneath the trailer.
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I have the same platform on our Rockwood 5er but I haven’t used it yet. I have a Kuat Transfer 2 rack that I use in a front receiver. When I need to carry more than 2 bikes, I have 3 Yakima Raptor Aero racks that I used our previous popup so I’ll try to mount them on the platform rack.
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