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Old 10-13-2021, 04:32 PM   #1
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Frame hitch for bike trailer

Has anyone looked into putting this onto a pop up? I have a new pop up on order Flagstaff 280LTD and curious if it would be too much for the frame to handle. Looking to transport some bikes and already have a hitch mounted bike rack.

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Old 10-13-2021, 04:41 PM   #2
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Having owned two popups and being an avid mountain biker, I would NEVER consider towing another trailer behind a popup.
Their frames are so weak that simply jacking the stabilizer jacks too much, will tweak the frame enough that the door gets out of alignment and you can't put the two door parts together or close it.
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Old 10-13-2021, 04:44 PM   #3
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It would absolutely not be for pulling a trailer. It would be for something like thisClick image for larger version

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Old 10-13-2021, 05:23 PM   #4
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not withstanding the frame issues, adding that weight to the back may throw off your overall weight balance (i.e. will lower the tongue weight and increase the chance for trailer sway) - i asked about such a thing when i got my highwall popup - and the dealer said that it was not recommended and they would not do it. and the highwall was a 3800 lb camper, you are getting a lighter camper than that.
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Old 10-14-2021, 01:53 PM   #5
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Putting a bike rack at the back of a trailer will damage the bike rack with all the excess bouncing. Look for a mount the goes on the front of the trailer and mounts to the a frame by the hitch. Lippert make a mount and if you already have a bike rack Up-n-front make a mount.
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Old 10-14-2021, 02:01 PM   #6
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Thanks for the responses everyone! I guess this is also a bad idea, where it would mount between the car and trailer off of the car's hitchClick image for larger version

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Hitch

When we had a pop-up we added a similar hitch but w/ additional braces and reinforcement. It did not work w/ a receiver hitch bike rack, Way too much bounce w/ single axel trailer. I would not trust the frame to hold up pulling any trailer.
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Thanks for the responses everyone! I guess this is also a bad idea, where it would mount between the car and trailer off of the car's hitchAttachment 264412
Those type of hitch adapters will lower the amount of max towing/tongue weights of the hitch receiver.
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It will no doubt void your warrant.
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I ended up putting a hitch receiver on the front of my truck to carry my bikes.
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Some years back I did put a hitch on the back of a pup for a bike rack. The hitch was a solid install but put too much weight in back causing bad sway. The height of the rack would have required the bikes to be removed to set up.

I tried a swagman 4 bike carrier that slipped over the drawbar in front of the trailer, but could not access the back of the explorer when hitched. In this scenario the bikes did not have to be removed.

Long term we used a Pro Rac system that mounted to the A-Frame of the trailer, front wheels removed and rear resting on the pup roof (on pads). It looked like the picture attached. Of course they have to be removed for setup, but they go on and off pretty quickly. The picture does not show the nylon straps that attach to rings on the horizontal bar, nor the pads for the rear wheels. On ours, the rear wheels rested on the roof, not the cargo hatch.
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The Pro Rac system above, is what I would recommend for any popup owner.
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