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Old 12-08-2017, 07:31 PM   #1
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How do you guys haul you're bikes along when you go camping?
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Old 12-08-2017, 07:35 PM   #2
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Read this thread. Post #2 is what I had done on my Roo 19 and post #12 is what's on my Mini Lite. But keep reading, there are other options.

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

DO NOT just clamp something to your bumper and take off. The bumper by itself is not strong enough.

Other options are making mountings on your dinette, putting them in the truck bed, using a front hitch on your truck, etc.

Do a search for "bike rack" in the FRF search field at the top of the page and you will get more threads than you can read in an evening.

You'll also get LOTS of opinions.

You might also want to post make/model/year of your RV; someone with the same one may have already figured it out for you.

(PS: Been through your town many times in my youth!)
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Old 12-08-2017, 10:43 PM   #3
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Yep

Its Christmas! I am getting myself a present....a front hitch to put on my truck. Woohoo!
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Old 12-08-2017, 10:52 PM   #4
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Yep, definitely a hot topic.

Many new ultralight trailers, like hybrids, have warning stickers on the bumper, stating that any additional weight added to the bumper, may void the frame warranty.

Since ultralight bumpers are made of thin metal and weak welds, the only safe way is to have a receiver welded and braced to the frame and bumper.

Personally, my bikes are too expensive to carry them on the rear of the trailer, where I can't see them, until I see them bouncing down the road in my rear view mirror.

That's why I carry them in the truck bed or on a rack mounted on the truck's bumper.
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Old 12-08-2017, 11:21 PM   #5
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Rather than hang a bicycle out in the weather we bought this:

https://www.amazon.com/Columba-Foldi...olding+bicycle

There are many other folding bikes available. We carry two of these in the back of the SUV on our trips.
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Personally, my bikes are too expensive to carry them on the rear of the trailer.
Not to mention being in the rain, snow, salt, sand, etc !!!
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Old 12-10-2017, 08:18 PM   #7
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I found this, which I may buy in the Spring. It is called Jack-It and it mounts to the front of the TT and holds the bikes over the propane tank. It actually mounts right on top of the electric jack! Anyone have any experience with this product?? Click image for larger version

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One other option which I'll likely do (eventually) is a roof rack for your tow vehicle. I already have a few Yakima Raptor Aero bike mounts that I had previously used on crossbars I had mounted on a Coleman popup. The rooftop rack will allow me to close my tonneau cover.

If you have the room on the bed rails (if you have a pickup) you can mount rack towers on the top of the bed rails which will allow the use of a roll-up tonneau.
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I found this, which I may buy in the Spring. It is called Jack-It and it mounts to the front of the TT and holds the bikes over the propane tank. It actually mounts right on top of the electric jack! Anyone have any experience with this product?? Attachment 158054
Do a search in the FRF search field at the top of the page. Several people have gotten one and commented.
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I have used folders for many years. I have used Raleigh 20's (vintage bikes) for the past several years. In our Airstream and Coleman trailers they rode on the floor inside, or in the back of the truck. Currently have a motor home, they ride in the cargo basket on the back.

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I found this, which I may buy in the Spring. It is called Jack-It and it mounts to the front of the TT and holds the bikes over the propane tank. It actually mounts right on top of the electric jack! Anyone have any experience with this product?? Attachment 158054

Yes, good product. There is another one as well, bunk buddy or something like that. The only thing you need to remember is prior to backing up into sites remove the bikes. This will just ease any potential from the bikes hitting your truck....or worse breaking the window out of your truck cap
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We use this. Mounts on the front of trailer over the tanks. Can hold up to 4 bikes. The part that holds the bikes can be moved to the car if needed. We bought the part you see in the first and second link. 2 pieces.

https://www.amazon.com/Stromberg-Car...stromberg+bike

https://www.amazon.com/Allen-Sports-...TN6XEDKCW78G8J
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Do a search in the FRF search field at the top of the page. Several people have gotten one and commented.
Yep, there probably 50 posts on the Jack-It on the Forum and other RV forums.
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With my pop up camper I had a rack I made to mount to the top of the roof. With my Rockwood Roo I planned on just carrying them in my truck bed. I have two bike mount forks that I used with the pop up Iíll repurpose so I can stand them straight up in the bed and still bring other stuff that I need.
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We just purchased the Jack It in September. On our previous trailer we used the Bike Bunk, similar concept, different design. I can see about posting pics, later, but cant at the moment.


Our first trip with the Jack It was from Maryland to Miami (some stops along the way) and back. The Jack It broke on the return from Miami. I estimate we made it 1400 miles before it broke.


The Bike Bunk, we used for about 2600 miles. Never had any issues with the unit itself, but did have issues with one of the bike racks we used with the unit. The Bike Bunk gives you an elevated "receiver" (exactly like you would have on your tow vehicle). You attach a hitch mounted bike rack to the bike bunk and off you go. We broke a bike rack, but never any issues with the bike bunk. Considering if we want to go back to the bike bunk, or try the Jack It again. Was pretty surprised to be honest, the Jack It appears very solidly constructed, and its manufactured by Lippert. Unfortunately, it didn't work out for us, the highways are a bit too rough I suppose
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Assuming this worked, those are the pics of my broken Jack It
Wow...those are some pretty crappy welds.
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Wow...those are some pretty crappy welds.
X2. I'd take it to a welding shop and have it repaired properly. Probably won't ever have a problem again.
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Wow...those are some pretty crappy welds.
Looks more like the metal failed, not the welds.
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