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Old 03-25-2013, 01:43 PM   #1
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Rear mount bike carrier with reinforced hitch.

Hi Guys,

I have read many posts in regards to bikes mounted to rear of travel trailer. I agree I would not want to mount them to the bumper. But how many have had sucess mounting a receiver hitch to the frame? I have a Bike carrier for our bikes already, and would love to be able to use it. I have heard and read many posts about bikes falling off of racks mounted to the bumpers or ladders. But there is not as much about people who have actually mounted a solid receiver to the frame and then used a good quality bike rack.

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Old 03-25-2013, 02:07 PM   #2
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I have a receiver hitch welded to our TT frame. No issues as all. It is rock solid.

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Old 03-25-2013, 06:18 PM   #3
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I have mine mounted to the bumper but then again my manual/specs says "continuous weld bumper". It's not spot welded as some are. I've checked and indeed it's solid weld all the way around and to the frame and has no issue holding my two adult bikes. I'm using a "swagman" brand rack.

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Old 03-26-2013, 08:06 PM   #4
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I have ours attached to the bumper as well and have had no issues. I use some rope to cut down on the movement of the bikes when going down the road.
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:20 AM   #5
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I had a hitch that was bolted to the frame on my Dutchmen, and then hung the 4 bike carrier on it. After 3 years, the frame broke and the hitch was hanging from one side. Luckily it was discovered so that it could be removed before it broke the frame on other side and complete hitch, carrier, and bikes hit the road.

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Old 03-27-2013, 05:14 PM   #6
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Our 32BHDS has the 10" I-beam frame, so I am going to get the Reese expandable receiver and bolt it direcrly through the frame. There should be no worries then. I have a Draftmaster rack, and it holds the bikes vertical with no wiggle.
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:54 PM   #7
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I have a 4 bike carrier mounted to the rear bumper, i modified 2 (1/4 ") oversized steel plates and welded 1 of them to a hitch receiver purchased at a local farm supply , then drilled 4 holes in them just outside the width of the bumper and sandwiched the bumper between them and mounted it with hardend bolts. Works great. Also welded a small plate on the bottom of the bumper to the camper frame to make it a little more ridged.
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Old 04-09-2013, 08:37 AM   #8
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I thought about adding a class II hitch to my TT but decided to weld to the frame class I receiver hitches to the top and bottom on each frame rail. I then built my rack to slide into these with my bike racks mounted to the removable rack. I used a class II hitch on my truck camper for bikes but the bikes would osculate and after a long use the welds on the bike rack started to fail. Adding a strap the the bikes did help.

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Old 04-09-2013, 09:41 AM   #9
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Here's a picture of my bolt-on receiver. Made for TT bumpers, I use it for my tray which carries my Septic Tote (when full hook-up isn't available where I'm going)

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Old 04-09-2013, 10:17 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by Jagiven View Post
I have a receiver hitch welded to our TT frame. No issues as all. It is rock solid.
Same here, welded to the frame not the bumper. I use it to tow my jet ski, but wouldn't hesitate to throw a bike rack on either. Find a good weld shop and have them fabricate one for you.

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