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Old 02-12-2017, 09:20 PM   #1
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rear bicycle rack

Can anyone give me advise on installing a bike rack on the rear bumper. I recently sold a Keystone travel trailer that I had a bike rack on the rear bumper. I just purchased a Rockwood travel trailer but was told it was not advisable to put the bike rack on the rear bumper.
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Old 02-12-2017, 10:01 PM   #2
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That's the same thing I was told. Said that the frame wasn't strong enough for any extra weight. It is rumored to cause warranty problems, but I don't have facts. Realistically, if you move the spare to your tow vehicle, there's no reason a couple of bikes couldn't go on the bumper. Two bikes are probably lighter then the spare!

Of course, common sense rarely determines the true outcome in most situations.
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Old 02-12-2017, 10:20 PM   #3
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Your Rockwood is an ultralight trailer.
The bumper and welds aren't strong enough for the bending and flexing the loaded rack will cause.
The only way to safely do this, is to have a receiver welded and braced to the frame and bumper.
Rockwood advises not to put anything other than the spare tire on the rear of the trailer.

Your Keystone may not have been an ultralight trailer.
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Yup, the "bumper" on an ultra light should be renamed to "stinky slinky carrier".

I plan to get a ladder mount bike carrier, but then I'm only carrying one bike. FR is offering one as an option on several lines. I noticed I could get it for lower cost both locally and on-line.
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Old 02-12-2017, 10:57 PM   #5
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See the thread below. Post #2 is the receiver I had put on my Roo 19 and Post #12 is the receiver I had put my Mini Lite 2503S. I carry 2 bikes on a Thule TH990XT platform rack.

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...oo-107358.html

On my Mini Lite, I also moved my spare to under the trailer in front of the axles. See here:

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...ite-91088.html

Some folks have installed 4Square safety struts around their bumper and I-beams like this:



Then used a bolt-on receiver like this:



They are claiming it works fine.

You will need to form your own opinion.

There are also racks that mount on the A-frame over the LP gas tanks; the one below is made by Stromberg-Carlson and is available at etrailer.com.


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Old 02-15-2017, 04:29 PM   #6
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I use this one. It holds two bikes and works great. Very strong. Installation was very simple. Shop around, you can probably find it cheaper.

Surco RV Camper Ladder Mounted Bike Bicycle Rack - $69.56
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Was at my local RV trade show yesterday. Saw some setups that might interest you.

Tailgate¬ģ Storage Systems

Jack-It Double Bike Carrier
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I took my Roo 21 to my shop and we beefed the bumper up by adding angle steel to the end of the frame inside of the square tube and welded a receiver piece on top. Really strengthens the unit and wasn't difficult to do. It now supports the 4 bike Thule T4 and a basket.
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I took my Roo 21 to my shop and we beefed the bumper up by adding angle steel to the end of the frame inside of the square tube and welded a receiver piece on top. Really strengthens the unit and wasn't difficult to do. It now supports the 4 bike Thule T4 and a basket.
Ohhhhhh My

You voided your warranty, you'll bend the lightweight frame, the earth will stop spinning and then start spinning the opposite direction after we all have floated off, the space/time continuum is now out of sync, your bikes will be on the highway, and civilization as we know it is coming to an end.

Here it's comes! LOL.............

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Yeah, that's why I took it to my fabricator, my $8k carbon race bikes don't like pavement. He knows how to engineer it right. Not very difficult or expensive really.
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Yeah, that's why I took it to my fabricator, my $8k carbon race bikes don't like pavement. He knows how to engineer it right. Not very difficult or expensive really.
Exactly........it's not hard nor expensive at all to make a modification.
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... and by the way...

It is a 2003, warranty went bye bye way back.
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Old 02-18-2017, 08:29 PM   #13
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How much would a ladder style rack hold. If the ladder will support me I assume it would hold even a heavier bike, even with bumpy roads. Thoughts?
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It is a 2003, warranty went bye bye way back.
At that age it just might be better/stouter than what has been turned out over the last 5-10 years.
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Ladder on this one is rated for 300lbs
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And the bumper won't take a sewer hose with fittings on......to small
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I did a write up last year after installing a Stromberg Carlson Bike Bunk on the front of my Rockwood...I have been very happy with it. I have carried 3 bikes on it and one on my ladder rack mount...total of 4 which takes care of the whole family! I chose to go this route after reading about all of the issues with the bumper mounted rack options.

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...-a-114794.html
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Old 03-15-2017, 02:50 PM   #18
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4SQUARE SafetyStruts

I used bumper supports,
4SQUARE SafetyStruts Prevent RV Bumper Failure.
Forest River will probably not care for this mod but I feel it is a good work around.
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Old 03-18-2017, 11:47 AM   #19
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I had a PUP and needed to do the same thing. My bumper was held on by cotter pins. I used self tapping screws. It worked great along with the bumper hitch #2 from rockfordroo. I believe there is a hitch adaptor for the tow vehicle made just for this predicament allowing the trailer to connect as usual and a bike rack to plug in to the top receiver
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Old 03-18-2017, 01:33 PM   #20
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Roo 4 bike rear frame/bumper rack in action

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