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Old 01-11-2011, 11:50 AM   #1
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Jayco Installed bike rack/cargo tray system

I'm a potential new owner of an Eagle Super Lite fifth wheel. Jayco offers as an option the Bike rack/cargo tray system. Has anyone bought that option? Do you like it? Is it sturdy and easy to use? Does it work for carrying stuff other than bikes?

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Old 01-11-2011, 12:55 PM   #2
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I'm a potential new owner of an Eagle Super Lite fifth wheel. Jayco offers as an option the Bike rack/cargo tray system. Has anyone bought that option? Do you like it? Is it sturdy and easy to use? Does it work for carrying stuff other than bikes?

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It was an installed option on my new Jayco. I took it off. Jayco had mounted the stabilizer jacks on the bottom side of the rack frame. The first time that I drove through a slight dip, which happened on day one bringing the new unit home, that was the end of one of the jacks. Bent it as well as the screw in the middle. I bought a set of the BAL low profile stabilizers but they were still to low for safety. Find the model that you are looking at and see if they still mount the stabilizers under the rack. If they are, take a string and tie it on the rear bumper and pull the string tight to the bottom of the rear tire. Anything hanging below that line has the possibility of being drug off or damaged.
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It was an installed option on my new Jayco. I took it off. Jayco had mounted the stabilizer jacks on the bottom side of the rack frame. The first time that I drove through a slight dip, which happened on day one bringing the new unit home, that was the end of one of the jacks. Bent it as well as the screw in the middle. I bought a set of the BAL low profile stabilizers but they were still to low for safety. Find the model that you are looking at and see if they still mount the stabilizers under the rack. If they are, take a string and tie it on the rear bumper and pull the string tight to the bottom of the rear tire. Anything hanging below that line has the possibility of being drug off or damaged.
That certainly sounds like a design flaw. Do you have a bumper pull or a fifth wheel? If you mentioned this issue to your dealer, what did they say about it?
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RVhiker Ihave the rack on my 5er and I like it. it is not hard to operate just 2 pins and it slides right out. The plastic tray is fine for bikes or cooler. The rack is quite strong as I have carried my son's motorcycle on it with no trouble at all. As far as the jack's yes they are attatched to the bottom of the track for the rack but on a 5er it is still about 18'' of the road when they are up. So no worries about ripping them off unless you are off roading through ditches witch I don't advise even with out the rack.
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That certainly sounds like a design flaw. Do you have a bumper pull or a fifth wheel? If you mentioned this issue to your dealer, what did they say about it?
I have a pull type travel trailer, 318RLS. No I haven't talked to the dealer about the issue but when I get back in the spring, I am going to look into that.
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I have one on my 5th Wheel and it works great. It seems to hold a lot of weight, and doesn't bounce around as much as a hitch mount bike rack. If I had to do it all over, I would buy it again. Good luck.
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Not worth it

I bought it with mine and wish I hadn't. It is not as sturdy as I had hoped and I've had to have it rewelded (under warranty) already - after loading just 2 bicycles and traveling 800 miles.

I would rather have a bumper hitch bike rack. it is not worth the money.
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We wanted one on our new 330RLTS but couldn't get it because we got the electric leveling jacks and the rack wouldn't fit. My brother-in-law has one on their 32RLDS and he likes it.

I will have to get some 2in inside diameter tubing welded to the bottom of my frame and have a rack built. I just need one about 2ft wide and 6ft long.
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I bought it with mine and wish I hadn't. It is not as sturdy as I had hoped and I've had to have it rewelded (under warranty) already - after loading just 2 bicycles and traveling 800 miles.

I would rather have a bumper hitch bike rack. it is not worth the money.
Wow! After 800 miles? I'm going to have to keep an eye on mine. I've got about 4000 miles on mine and the welds look alright so far, I will keep my fingers crossed.
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I have never used mine so I don't have a clue of it's durability. I just won't put a $1,000 bicycle on the back. I have mine in the basement where it is well protected.
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