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Old 12-29-2014, 11:56 AM   #1
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Hauling Bicycles on the front of a pickup

I am thinking of putting a hitch on the front of my truck so I can put a bike rack on the front and haul them up there. My box is always full of other supplies and the my 23J bounces so bad I think they will get beat up on the back of the trailer. I will have 4 bikes.

I am wondering what others have found when hauling them on the front of the truck vs on the back of the camper.

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Old 01-01-2015, 07:10 PM   #2
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I put mine on the ladder of the trailer. This keeps the weight off the truck; puts some weight on back of trailer, which lightens load on the tongue and I would think anything on the front of the truck would pick up a lot of bugs and road stuff.

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I have not mounted bikes on the front but it's a good alternative. You might want to cover the bikes to keep them from getting covered with squashed bugs.
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Old 01-01-2015, 08:42 PM   #4
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Just thinking--What about the air flow to the Radiator
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You don't have a tag line, so I don't know what type of TT you have, but we put 4 bikes inside ours when traveling. We secure them between blankets and tie them down with bungee cords. This is my personal opinion, but to me attaching anything to the front of my vehicle while going 60mph down the road is not a good thing to do.
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Old 01-02-2015, 09:00 AM   #6
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Bikes on the front is a bad idea all around.. the bikes get all kinds of crap thrown up on them from the vehicle in front, bugs etc. Not to mention the impeded air flow through the radiator, and since your towing air flow is important.
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If bikes on the front are impeding that much airflow, you have another issue.

We never wanted to put the bikes on the front for most of the reasons Sean mentioned, road crap, bugs, etc getting smashed on the bikes. I don't know about others, but our bikes were not expensive as far as good bikes go, but they are not Wal-Mart specials either. I want them to last.

When we had SUVs we carried the bike inside the trailer. One time they inadvertently shifted and scratched up our fridge door. Now that we have a PU, they go in the bed.

Personally I would find a way to rearrange your bed and carry them in there.
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Old 01-02-2015, 09:37 AM   #8
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I have done it for years with 2 different trucks. Airflow has never been a problem even with my big block in summer pulling 10K. The problem is sight. Seeing over and around the bikes. The rear rack is what I ended up with.
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I pulled with two bikes mounted on the front of my TV for several years when our kids were young and travelled with us and never had any problems. I also never noticed too many bugs being smashed on them.

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I have a mount on the front and have carried up to four; however, I now limit it to two. A mount that holds the bikes lower would be better than the Thule mount I use. Remember when on the front, the wind pushes the bikes back. Not a big deal but important to remember when you strap them down. Of course this works best for day time travel!

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