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Old 12-23-2016, 12:23 PM   #1
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Mounting accessories on TT/5th wheel Rear Bumper

HOW TO.... Mount ANYTHING to your rear travel trailer/5th wheel bumper without it getting beaten up or shaken off the camper!
So I bought this (what I thought) was a great bike rack which mounts into a Class III receiver. I mount it to the back of my 5th wheel. We leave to go camping and the friends I had following us were scared to get close because they swore that the bikes were going to take flight! Or.... you get the evil eye by everyone who passes you because they think you're a moron for putting the soon to be a hood ornament bikes on your back bumper! We all know that there isn't any place to put bikes when you own a 5th wheel. So where do you put them without shaking them to death on the back bumper! Or is there another system that secures them better on the back of the camper?? I can't say I'm a fan of the looks of mounting them in front of the 5th wheel on top of the truck either.
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Old 12-23-2016, 12:26 PM   #2
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I'll take mine with cinnamon and some nutmeg sprinkled on after popping. Maybe some eggnog for dipping.
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Old 12-23-2016, 12:31 PM   #3
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We all know that there isn't any place to put bikes when you own a 5th wheel.
au contraire. Lots of options:
Bikes and Fifth Wheels | Learn To RV

My favorite is the pin box bike rack:

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Old 12-23-2016, 01:16 PM   #4
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Use one of these to lessen the wobble: https://www.etrailer.com/search/Hitch+Clamp
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Old 12-23-2016, 01:23 PM   #5
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My 5er came with a pull out shelf/bike rack attached to the frame. It states a 200# limit. I have never used it as I think it may catch on curbs/etc going in/out service stations, CGs and more.
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Old 12-23-2016, 01:24 PM   #6
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There are a number of front mount bike rack setups for 5th wheels out there.
Or you can do a front hitch on your tow vehicle.
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Old 12-23-2016, 01:28 PM   #7
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I'll take mine with cinnamon and some nutmeg sprinkled on after popping. Maybe some eggnog for dipping.
That's the spirit!, ... like Yogi Berra used to say "this is deja vu all over again!" ...Merry Christmas to all!
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I carry mine inside the trailer...a bit of a pain, I know, but this way I am sure they will reach their destination with me.
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I carry mine inside the trailer...a bit of a pain, I know, but this way I am sure they will reach their destination with me.
Same here for ours
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I'm thinking about pulling a small trailer behind my FR2504S TT to haul my golf cart. Does anyone else pull behind their TT?
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Old 12-23-2016, 02:49 PM   #11
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I'm thinking about pulling a small trailer behind my FR2504S TT to haul my golf cart. Does anyone else pull behind their TT?
Illegal in some states...

Check here: State Towing Laws
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Illegal in some states...

Check here: State Towing Laws
Yep, illegal in most states to pull second trailer with TT. Okay if you have a fifth wheel though.
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Old 12-23-2016, 06:05 PM   #13
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Out front on the pinbox works the best for us. If you can't do it yourself, have a receiver made for the pinbox.
If you get a decent rack that tilts like the Thule you can unload it from the ground.
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I was going to refrain but I'll just state a disclaimer. Manufacturers usually give a 1 to 2 year warranty on the frame. If you are within that window I would wait on the following.
I've added receivers to my friends' and my own 5er for racks and towing. This below if by far the strongest part of the entire frame. This is my solution to avoiding the use of the weak sewer hose bumper they put on campers. This subframe welds to the I-beam and then gusseted. You can lift the 5er if you wanted too. Plenty strong for bikes.
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Old 12-23-2016, 06:23 PM   #15
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I will be putting a front mount receiver from E Trailer on my tow vehicle this winter . That way I can haul our bikes around when we are not towing our 5 er
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I too had a Cougar with the pull out bike rack. The plastic deck is pretty flimsy, but the rack/bumper assembly is great. I pulled mine part way out, then drilled new bolt holes where it was designed to slide out. Used mine for a generator and added a 20 gallon marine gas tank, then wrapped each in aluminum tread plate. Worked great for six or seven years, 'till I traded off on a Sunseeker. Never had a problem with the thing bottoming on drives or whatever. Over all, this is the only design bike rack worth using, in that it is part of the trailer!
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Use one of these to lessen the wobble: https://www.etrailer.com/search/Hitch+Clamp
In addition to clamps, there are also anti-rattle bolts ("pinch bolts"). See here:

https://www.etrailer.com/s.aspx?qry=...earch-magnify=

If you haven't done something to remove the looseness between the bike rack and the receiver FIRST, then you don't really know if your bikes are simply rattling around or if you really have a problem.

I've had my bikes on beefed up receivers welded to the frame at the back of both my Roo and my Mini Lite for several thousand miles with no issues.
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My 5er came with a pull out shelf/bike rack attached to the frame. It states a 200# limit. I have never used it as I think it may catch on curbs/etc going in/out service stations, CGs and more.
I had one of those pull out racks on a Cougar TT a few years ago, and it had the same problem as the bike rack the OP mention. It would vibrate and flop all over the place when I drove down our silky smooth highways in the U.S., and I finally just had to quit using it.
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Thank-you all for your posts. I like the "table top bike rack" I may try and copy that. I hope everyone had a great Christmas!!!
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