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Old 07-23-2021, 09:21 AM   #1
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Ladder mounted bike rack

What is the net-wisdom re: ladder mounted bike racks on a e-pro e20BHS. The ladder has a weight limit of 250lbs, so a couple of bikes won't be anywhere near to that. However, it will be more of a dynamic load. So - has anyone had any issues with that?

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Old 07-23-2021, 10:27 AM   #2
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Zero chance I would try my ladder to carrying bikes.

I'd put them inside, on the truck, or in the truck bed.
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Zero chance I would try my ladder to carrying bikes.

I'd put them inside, on the truck, or in the truck bed.
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While my situation is different than yours (rear frame mounted bike rack on 5er) the lesson learned is some food for thought. Mine did not affect travel or handling at all. But after 1 year of travel that way with the bikes, the bounce and vibration from the tail end took a toll on the bikes. Started to notice when my bike headlight was missing its lens. 2 trips later, two of the metal shields on the shifter cable bends were missing. I switched to a tow vehicle roof top bike carrier and the bikes are much happier. Getting them up and down is a 2 person task. Again, my situation is different than yours and maybe someone who has an ePro trailer can contribute their experiences.
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Old 07-23-2021, 11:06 AM   #5
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What is the net-wisdom re: ladder mounted bike racks on a e-pro e20BHS. The ladder has a weight limit of 250lbs, so a couple of bikes won't be anywhere near to that. However, it will be more of a dynamic load. So - has anyone had any issues with that?



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TTs don't have shocks, therefore there is constant bouncing on the rear. Those ladders may have a 250lb load limit but that is for a temporary amount of time. Not constant up and down loads.
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Another issue with bikes on ladders is covering up stop and signal lights. Some people on certain rigs with bike racks (like 4 bikes) you can't see their lights at all through all the bikes.
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Old 07-23-2021, 03:24 PM   #7
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Bikes on ladder

I have decided to mount 2 bikes on front of tow vehicle where I can see them, the hitch receiver is not too expensive and they can be locked up. Havenít started this project though
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Two light weight lawn chairs broke loose from a MH ladder mount. One chair penetrated the windshield of the Cadillac behind him. Thankfully, no one was injured. No ladder, attached with screws, can survive the pounding of 10lb lawn chair for long. The 250 lb rating of your ladder is meant for stationary use as a ladder. Remember a hammer is only about 6 oz. Look what it can do. Safe & Happy travels.
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Old 07-23-2021, 05:01 PM   #9
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I have decided to mount 2 bikes on front of tow vehicle where I can see them, the hitch receiver is not too expensive and they can be locked up. Havenít started this project though

My wife is going to be ticked when I mount a receiver on the front of her Porsche Cayenne.

I was planning on getting some e-bikes, making it even worse to mount to the ladder, that's why I asked.

Putting them on the top is a pain also, because I either have to get them on top of the Cayenne, which is not particularly low or on top of my Land Cruiser which I can barely get a ladder on the roof rack, let alone a bike.

Although, putting a receiver on the winch mount of the land cruiser would be easy, so that's an option.

I do have the back door on the trailer, so maybe I can get the e-bikes in there.
The one's I want do fold, so it's possible.

thanks for every ones input.
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