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Old 07-22-2016, 04:41 AM   #11
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I just bought the Swagman Dimension and it's been great. I called eTrailer with a question about the XTC-2, but they guided me to the Dimension as they claim it's a little better quality. Bikes are rock solid on it.
I can't seem to find that model. Do you have a link.

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Old 07-22-2016, 05:20 AM   #12
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I have started looking for a bike rack as well. Found a swagman that the bikes' top tubes sits in. What issue does it cause that you recommend one that supports the wheels? Just trying to get informed. Thanks.
In my opinion, the ones that hold the bikes by the top tube bounce and flex much more on the back of a trailer, this causes stress and fatigue on the hitch, rack, and bikes. Also the bottom part of the bikes are left to hang from the rack, so you have to do extra work to somehow strap the bikes to the trailer. Much less loading hassle with the wheel support style also.
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Old 07-22-2016, 05:36 AM   #13
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I can't seem to find that model. Do you have a link.

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https://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Bike-...an/S64684.html
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Old 07-22-2016, 06:40 AM   #14
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This is the one we have. BTW, it's $175 on Amazon.

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In my opinion, the ones that hold the bikes by the top tube bounce and flex much more on the back of a trailer, this causes stress and fatigue on the hitch, rack, and bikes. Also the bottom part of the bikes are left to hang from the rack, so you have to do extra work to somehow strap the bikes to the trailer. Much less loading hassle with the wheel support style also.
This is the reason I bought the Swagman. Before we bought it, I looked at a lot of racks, paying attention to the ones I saw people using. I just didn't like the way most racks hold the bikes. The Swagman's top bars ratchet and hold the bikes firmly in place, no movement, no bouncing.
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Old 07-22-2016, 06:48 AM   #15
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Just to be explicit - There are VERY few bike racks where RV use is allowed! Swagman is one brand, but as of a little over a year ago, only TWO of their specific models allowed RV use. You usually have to download the manuals of each make and model, and read the fine print to find out.

Yes, the longer distance from rear wheels to the bikes makes for hugely exaggerated loads on everything when bouncing up and down. Hence much more chance for failure.

On my fifth, the Swagman also required a 12" receiver extension, so that the bikes did not hit the rear window. And then you need some serious "anti-rattle" devices to keep the slight play in the receiver and receiver extension from bouncing and pounding.

You may want to explore adding a receiver assembly to your pin box, and put the bike rack there so they are carried in front of the fifth, over the hitch. Much less bounce. But then, there is the need to have an assembly built for your fifth, as well as having to lift the bikes moderately high up to get into the rack. As well as lots of bugs on your bikes! And of course, all of that counts as directly additional pin weight, rather than the bikes/rack actually reducing pin weight by being on the rear.
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Old 07-22-2016, 02:17 PM   #16
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Flapper is right. I'm looking at Swagmans site now and what they offer for rv use.

RV Racks - Swagman

Swagman doesn't offer a 3 or 4 bike rack that supports under the bikes' tires. They only offer 3 or 4 bike racks that hold the bikes' top tubes.

I need a 3-4 bike rack...
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Old 07-22-2016, 04:03 PM   #17
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Which Bike Rack for your 2" Reciever

I have one I have had for a few years now took two bikes to south Texas and back to Michigan with no problems . I did add a extension to keep the bikes away from the rear window . Just make sure you have a strong enough receiver in the fifth wheel forgot to say it is a swagman


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Looks like swagman gets all the business....

We're not doing crazy bumpy roads or long distances. Just need something easy to use to get the bikes to the campgrounds and back.

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Old 07-22-2016, 11:18 PM   #19
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We use to mount our 2 bikes on the ladder with a Swagman....until the ladder bowed because of all the bounce that goes on on the rear of any rig.

Solved the problem by installing a 2' receiver to the front of our TV and getting a 2 bike Swagman that works with the setup....no worries now.
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I had a ladder mount on my Northwood. I won't ever do that again.

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