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Old 11-01-2012, 06:21 PM   #11
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I am actually trying to repair my bike rack - but when it was working, I just used ratchet straps - similar to the pics above.

While pulling my TT on a pretty narrow road, with no shoulders, at about 35 mph, had a girl / lady coming at me in the other lane and she just had to keep her wheels on the yellow line. Forced me over a little further than I could fit. The outside wheels of the TT slid off the side of the road. This bent the shroud of the screw that drives the power leveling jacks, and the impact caused the load (2 totes of firewood) to bounce up, and then back down, bending the bar of the rack about an inch. It still carries the load fine, but won't slide in. Because that effects backing it up hills, I had to take it off.

Not sure if I should take the bar to a body shop to get it straightened, or a buddy of mine has a 20 ton press - may try and straighten it myself. What a PITA.
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Old 12-23-2012, 02:29 PM   #12
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pin location for bike rack

What are the ramifications of bolting a receiver to the top of the king pin area by drilling four holes in the metal. Any structural problems, do ya think?
sorry, I have a 36RLTS from 07
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Old 12-23-2012, 03:12 PM   #13
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What are the ramifications of bolting a receiver to the top of the king pin area by drilling four holes in the metal. Any structural problems, do ya think?
sorry, I have a 36RLTS from 07
You'll receive more ramifications(consequence-development) transporting bikes on the rear of a trailer, than at the pin box. I don't think four small holes will harm the structural integrity of the pin box.


On my previous 5er, I made a pin box receiver to attach a folding bike rack.

1-3/4" receiver.


Bike rack inserted into receiver.


The bikes rode smooth over the rear axle of the truck.
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Thank you. That's exactly what I hoped for, some pictures. I will try to post some of my project when I finish. david
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:03 AM   #15
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I have put 4 bikes on ours and I put the first one upside down and cover the pedal with a rag or foam so it won't scratch the travel, than the next right side up than the next upside down than the last one right side up. I have tried so many different ways and this seems to work for me. than I put the middle poll up and secure the bikes to that and run 1 ratchet type hold down from the last bike to the frame on the trailer. sounds confusing I know but can't get pics right now because its covered for the winter.
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Thank you. That's exactly what I hoped for, some pictures. I will try to post some of my project when I finish. david
David,

I bought this bike rack off of Ebay. I didn't want to invest a bunch of $$ on a rake until I knew it would work.
As you can see, it has the adapter for a 2" receiver size. With the adapter removed, it fits a 1-1/4" receiver.


I had a few sections of scrap 3/4" angle and 1-1/4" ID square steel tubing from my wrought-iron fence/gate project. The tubing fit over the 1-1/4" OD mount, so I used what I had available.



I drilled a hole to fit the retaining pin(red arrow) and secured the receiver to the pin-box with six 5/16" bolts(yellow arrow). I then drilled a 5/16" hole on the top and welded a 3/8" nut over the hole(red circle). I welded a section of Key Stock on the head of a 3/8" X 1-1/4" bolt(sort of like a wing-bolt).
Once the bike rack is inserted and pinned into the receiver, the wing-bolt can be tightened to keep the rack from flopping around.

This worked out well with no problems. I was going to invest into a folding bike rack this year, but I sold the 5er and bought a Toy Hauler.
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