RV News RVBusiness 2021 Top 10 RVs of the Year, plus 56 additional debuts and must-see units → ×


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-21-2012, 10:15 AM   #21
Moderator Emeritus
 
Triguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southeast Wisconsin
Posts: 6,949
Quote:
Originally Posted by f1100turbo View Post
Just passed one the other day.......
Was driving alone so no video arggggg.
I WILL get one on video !
Same thing last Friday. Wish I had my DW with to snap a pic of a panel van towing a Rockwood Roo with THREE kid bikes on the back of the Roo carried by a bumper-mounted bike rack. He also had his spare tire still attached to the bumper.

If those kids' bikes were like my kids' bikes, they each weighed 30lbs or more. I can only guess the total static weight on that bumper was close to 175-200lbs. And, they stuck out 4 feet from the back of the trailer. The dynamic weight (dk if that's the right term) caused by the movement of those bikes had to be significantly higher.
__________________
Scott
DW, 3 Kids and our Goldens

2012 Shamrock 233S
2008 Toyota Sequoia 5.7L 4WD
Triguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2012, 10:22 AM   #22
Mod free 5er
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Concord, NC
Posts: 24,705
Quote:
Originally Posted by Triguy View Post
Same thing last Friday. Wish I had my DW with to snap a pic of a panel van towing a Rockwood Roo with THREE kid bikes on the back of the Roo carried by a bumper-mounted bike rack. He also had his spare tire still attached to the bumper.

If those kids' bikes were like my kids' bikes, they each weighed 30lbs or more. I can only guess the total static weight on that bumper was close to 175-200lbs. And, they stuck out 4 feet from the back of the trailer. The dynamic weight (dk if that's the right term) caused by the movement of those bikes had to be significantly higher.
And if you follow him far enough at a safe distance, you can stop and pickup 3 bikes and a bumper and sell them for scrap.
__________________
OldCoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2012, 10:53 AM   #23
Moderator Emeritus
 
Triguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southeast Wisconsin
Posts: 6,949
Quote:
Originally Posted by dunnnc View Post
And if you follow him far enough at a safe distance, you can stop and pickup 3 bikes and a bumper and sell them for scrap.
Bonus!
__________________
Scott
DW, 3 Kids and our Goldens

2012 Shamrock 233S
2008 Toyota Sequoia 5.7L 4WD
Triguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2012, 07:59 PM   #24
Senior Member
 
Campster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 248
Here is how I roll with our bikes..

Campster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2012, 10:22 PM   #25
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 9
Here was our solution inside...

Forest River Forums - Quadzilla's Album: RV Mods - Picture
Quadzilla is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2012, 06:55 AM   #26
Site Team - Lou
 
Herk7769's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: South Eastern PA
Posts: 22,843
We tried everything from a "spare tire" carrier to what I finally wound up with (riding on the front of the truck).

When my bumper caps fell off on day two I realized the bikes could not ride in the bike rack on the bumper. It was twisting the square bumper so much it worked the rubber caps out. The bikes lived in the camper the rest of that winter trip to the Keys.

I tried beefing up the bumper and mounted a Curt 4 inch bumper hitch and a different bike rack. The replacement bumper caps lasted to Key West before they finally worked almost out. The bikes came home inside the camper again.

Our last trip to the Keys, I went with the front mounted receiver and the bikes were fine up there. I kept the bumper hitch on and when we stopped I moved the rack to the camper so it was not in the way when we went to the store or to the restaurant.

The rack went back on the front when we moved out.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Key West 056.jpg
Views:	151
Size:	61.3 KB
ID:	19042   Click image for larger version

Name:	Bikes 020.jpg
Views:	161
Size:	63.6 KB
ID:	19043  
__________________
Lou, Laura, & Freya the wonder dog
2008 GMC Sierra 3000HD Crewcab SB Allison Duramax
2019 Flagstaff 8529FLS - Pullrite 3300
HAM CALLSIGN - KC3FFW
Herk7769 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2012, 06:32 PM   #27
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Western MA
Posts: 47
Diamond package bike rack

The sv model I hope to order soon with the diamond package includes a "fold down bike rack". I don't know where it mounts or what it looks like but maybe it could be a retrofit?
__________________
08 Titan Crew Cab Long Bed with Big Tow
13 Surveyor SV 291
New Holland TC45
Polaris XP550
Berkshireba is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2012, 07:48 PM   #28
Senior Member
 
Rsgtivr6's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Champlin, MN
Posts: 446
Quote:
Originally Posted by Berkshireba View Post
The sv model I hope to order soon with the diamond package includes a "fold down bike rack". I don't know where it mounts or what it looks like but maybe it could be a retrofit?
If it's anything like mine, it is a 250lb capacity square steel and wire bottom rack that folds down on the back. Had 3 bikes on ours for a 3k mile trip with no issues. Seems pretty solid. It mounts on the frame with small rubber bumpers that rest on the TT bumper. They are just there to give it a little extra support. Most of the weight is on the frame behind the bumper welds. No cracking or stress on the welds after the trip, but I did have some of the inching out of the bumper caps, like herk said ,as we went. I figured it was just the wind tugging at them since it does it with the rack up and unloaded as well. Just tapped them in quick at fill ups since they never got further than half way out.
__________________
TV: '17 Ram 2500 Big Horn CCSB CTD 4x4
TT: '18 Wolf Pack Limited 325Pack13
Tow Acc: Andersen Ultimate Hitch 2 goose ball mount, AirLift 5000 bags and HD compressor system
Rsgtivr6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2012, 04:39 PM   #29
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 108
I just bought a bike this weekend while on a camping trip. I had previously looked at how I would mount the bike when purchased. I mounted it simular to Quadzilla except I fastened the bike mount to the end seat, left the table in normal transport mode, and fastened with screws some velcro strapping tape to the center seat and velcro'd the back tire in place. Never moved on my 100 mile trip home. Total cost of $22.15 for fork mount, $2.49 for velcro. Totally much cheaper than the cost of hitch, welding, and bike rack and so much more secure. By the way, when I'm home or at the camp site, the plywood just flips over so the mount is underneith the seat the the cushion is put back to normal. In travel mode, the cushions ride on the bed


Rod
__________________
2012 Sabre 250RLUD
2011 GMC 1500 Sierra
Max Tow, 6.2, 3.73
Rod, Debbe 1 spoiled Chihuahua and Becky the cat
1Texan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2012, 05:14 PM   #30
Senior Member
 
Mark and Linda's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Smyrna, Tennessee
Posts: 445
Two years ago the UPS man delivered two of these to the house, one was my Christmas Present from my DW. When we got these we were using our van to pull our PUP. These fit in the back of the van with no problems. Now we have the tt, I just fold them up and set them in the back of the truck, one bungee secures them. If we needed to, we could put them in our tt by folding the handle bars. Just another solution if you want a bike and need the space.

Adventurer Folding Cruiser Bike - Intersource Enterprises D09-1014 - Folding Bikes - Camping World
__________________
2009 Palomino Puma 25RS
2007 Chevrolet Silverado
Prodigy P2 Brake Controller
Mark and Linda is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2012, 06:36 PM   #31
Senior Member
 
ironj's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 1,368
4 bikes , a little giant ladder, fire wood , and a fish fryer setup....all tucked in bed nicely!



Click image for larger version

Name:	20120831_110118-1.jpg
Views:	256
Size:	34.9 KB
ID:	19161
__________________
2015 F350 Platinum Fx4 6.7 Diesel Dually. B&W turnover, B&W Companion, air bags and wireless controller.
2015 Heartland Road Warrior 420 Rt
2012 f250 Fx4 6.7 Diesel crew cab tinted n tuned
2012 lacrosse 318bhs touring- sold
ironj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2012, 08:10 PM   #32
Moderator Emeritus
 
MtnGuy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Shenandoah Valley
Posts: 9,280
Here was my solution:

Click image for larger version

Name:	Truck Racks.jpg
Views:	220
Size:	51.0 KB
ID:	19172
__________________

Chap , DW Joy, and Fur Baby Sango
2017 F350 Lariat CCSB, SRW, 4x4, 6.7 PS
2017 Grand Design Reflection 337RLS
MtnGuy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2012, 08:53 PM   #33
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mark and Linda View Post
Two years ago the UPS man delivered two of these to the house, one was my Christmas Present from my DW. When we got these we were using our van to pull our PUP. These fit in the back of the van with no problems. Now we have the tt, I just fold them up and set them in the back of the truck, one bungee secures them. If we needed to, we could put them in our tt by folding the handle bars. Just another solution if you want a bike and need the space.

Adventurer Folding Cruiser Bike - Intersource Enterprises D09-1014 - Folding Bikes - Camping World

For a while my folks used thier Bike Fridays (Bike Friday - Custom folding and travel bicycles hand-crafted in Oregon). They came in a suitcase that you can use as a trailer. When in the case you can chuck them anywhere in the car or trailer.
__________________
TV - 2012 Nissan Pathfinder V6 4x2
TT - ???
eluwak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2012, 09:41 PM   #34
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Edwardsville, IL
Posts: 11
I went this route. 2" box tubing through both frame rails and welded in place.
Center receiver tube welded to the 2" box tubing and then a plate welded to the rear face of the bumper for a little extra support. Went with the Swagman bike rack. Also added a loop on the front face of the 2" box tubing for a place to attach a strap. Works very well and is very stable.




__________________

Dave and Marcia
2002 Ford F350SD 4X4 Crew cab Long bed, 7.3PSD Automatic
2007 Flagstaff 829RGSS (link to mod photos)
https://s251.photobucket.com/albums/g...%20its%20mods/
welove2drive is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2012, 07:43 PM   #35
Junior Member
 
2306Rick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 11
hi folks,
i've been reading thru the threads on bike-racks and see lots of different opinions out there... i've been convinced that i should return my bolt on bumper receiver, however other than a couple vague comments like "i'd never do this" i've not heard any convincing argument on why a dual receiver like this: 4-Inch Dual Hitch Receiver - Roadmaster Inc 077-4 - Hitches & Hitch Bars - Camping World wouldn't work.
it's got a certified towing capacity of 10,000 lbs which is plenty (even loaded my 2306 is a max of 5,000lbs)
it's got a max tongue weight of 400 lbs - this gives me about 150lbs
it's a 2" receiver, so i just plug in my WD 2" receiver and use WD like i would if it's attached directly to the truck
ok - i might need longer chains and/or longer cord to plug it into the truck, but other than that, should i be concerned?

reasons why other commonly referred to solutions wouldn't work for us..
* we're a family of 4, so 4 bikes and i know regardless of how careful we would eventually scratch up the inside of the TT, not to mention the dirt the bikes would track in
* we have the truck bed, but sometimes we camp with a bunch of people and we end up bringing a load of firewood or other stuff for different people
* my wife has concerns about all the bug guts on the bikes if we add a hitch to the front of the truck for a front carrier (anybody who has one of these could chime in and comment how real this concerns is?)
* if this works, this $130 solution looks much easier on the pocket book than some $1K mount-on-the-tongue bike rack solution

thanks in advance for your helpful responses.
__________________

2011 Ram 1500 Hemi Quad Cab 4x4
2011 Mini Lite 2306
2 kids
2 dogs
... oh yeah, the wife too.
2306Rick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2012, 03:39 PM   #36
Member
 
Triathletedave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Calgary
Posts: 95
I still swear by the old mountain bikers' trick of loading the bikes over the tailgate of the truck using a simple tailgate cover to protect the tailgate and the bikes. On our last trip we carried 4 bikes and had room for a full sized kennel for the dog in the back. As a bonus, you can lock the bikes into the box for security, and you're always ready for a cycling excursion after dropping off the trailer.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Truck_trailer1.jpg
Views:	175
Size:	49.7 KB
ID:	19892  
__________________
Dave & Jill
2012 Ford F-150 EcoBoost
2012 Surveyor SV-294
2 kids, one dog (a Golden)
Let's go camping!
Triathletedave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2012, 04:16 PM   #37
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 434
I mounted this Thule Rack to the rear bumper of my Cherokee. Inspected the rear bumper and rewelded what I thought were weak spots. Everything went well for a season and a half. Then the bumper was ripping loose from the frame next to the weld





Here' s the added reinforcements.


1 1/2" X 3" steel tubing is welded in between frame rails against an existing cross member



Then two pieces of tubing were welded 12" left and right from center between bumper and cross beam. At the same time I added reinforcing at the bumper/frame connection and welded it all together.

C.B.
cbvp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2012, 04:35 PM   #38
Phat Phrog Stunt Team
 
TURBS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 34,498
Quote:
Originally Posted by cbvp
I mounted this Thule Rack to the rear bumper of my Cherokee. Inspected the rear bumper and rewelded what I thought were weak spots. Everything went well for a season and a half. Then the bumper was ripping loose from the frame next to the weld

Here' s the added reinforcements.

1 1/2" X 3" steel tubing is welded in between frame rails against an existing cross member

Then two pieces of tubing were welded 12" left and right from center between bumper and cross beam. At the same time I added reinforcing at the bumper/frame connection and welded it all together.

C.B.
I hope it all works out for ya.

Turbs
TURBS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2012, 05:22 PM   #39
Site Team - Lou
 
Herk7769's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: South Eastern PA
Posts: 22,843
Quote:
Originally Posted by f1100turbo View Post
I hope it all works out for ya.

Turbs
That is the truth.
__________________
Lou, Laura, & Freya the wonder dog
2008 GMC Sierra 3000HD Crewcab SB Allison Duramax
2019 Flagstaff 8529FLS - Pullrite 3300
HAM CALLSIGN - KC3FFW
Herk7769 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2012, 07:50 AM   #40
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Carrollton
Posts: 184
I had a close friend who owned a welding shop and one of his largest money makers was adding hitches for towing boats or bikes on 5th wheels and travel trailer. He used two pieces of 2" heavy gauge tubing welded between the frame rails about two feet apart then welded another piece to the rear of the trailer with a hitch receiver on it. He never had one come back because of failure and several rv dealer would send people to him for his service. In Mi. it's legal to tow a boat or other trailer behind a 5th wheel if you don't exceed a specified length. Also to do so you need a special licence I believe. but he did a lot of these on travel trailers also. He would also not hesitate to tell people if their frames weren't strong enough to do so. I would never attach a bike hitch to the back bumper. I have seen too many horror stories from such. A few weeks ago we followed a motorhome with bikes on a bike rack bouncing on the ground about ready to fall off. We tried to get his attention but he was off in space somewhere not looking in his rear view mirror. I know all three bikes on his rack had flat rims from hitting the ground. If he didn't loose them after he turned and went another direction that we weren't. The bumpers on these campers are more for looks than function they are just light gauge steel and usually the welds are questionable.
brokenaxle is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Forest River, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:28 PM.