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Old 07-10-2015, 06:43 PM   #1
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Jayco's Optional Bolt On Hitch

I was wondering who has the optional trailer mounted hitch from Jayco, and what do you carry on it? Jayco states it has a 300lb rating, but haven't heard back if that is at a certain distance back from the hitch as I know it decreases beyond that point the further back you go.

I would only be using it to carry 4 bikes on the rear, in a tray style hitch rack. Can't remember how long the rack is from the pin, but it is about 3' if I remember correctly. It would be (for now until our twins outgrow them) 2-20" full suspension ToysRUs mt bikes (almost 35lb each), and 2 Specialized full suspension mt bikes, about 30lbs each. And the rack is maye 40-50lbs...

I know that weight is an all new ball game once going down the road, even more so how far back from the axles the hitch & rack would be.

Just trying to do all our homework ahead of time!

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Old 07-10-2015, 06:51 PM   #2
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I have one. I haven't actually used it yet. My driveway is so steep and the trailer is so long I would have to park on the street and then attach the bike rack. I will probably do this in 3 weeks when we head to the beach though.
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Old 07-12-2015, 07:12 AM   #3
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TY Spoon.

Measurement of the rack is actually about 40" from pin to center of the rear bike. My bike rack actually increases ground clearance the way it was made. Comes out of the hitch, curves up, and levels off adding maybe 4-6" of clearance. Not sure if it would help with my driveway or not?
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Old 07-12-2015, 07:07 PM   #4
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Yeah, this issue is a hotly debated question: some lean towards the worry wart pessimistic view that the 4" sewer hose tube isn't strong enough. Some lean towards go for it because the manufacturer clearly condones it.

Here my opinion: I have YET to see a single piece of photographic evidence that somebody's 4" tube has gotten ripped off the camper. I've been active in the Internet RV forums since my first popup in 2003, and this debate spans decades, manufacturers, trailer types, motor homes, etc.

Until I see pictures of damage, or somebody's bicycle dragging down the highway, I have no reason to doubt the manufacturers 300 pound rating.
If course the static load will be different than a dynamic load - that's simple 3rd year engineering school classic physics. BUT... Don't you all think the manufactures are aware this device is intended to bolt onto a piece of steel that will be bounced down a highway at 65 miles an hour!?

I guess my point is... Unless you are strapping a $3,000 racing street bike to this thing, don't we have bigger things to worry about? How about that gross 16,000 pounds we are pointing down the highway at 65 mph?

Is my snark-O-meter level rising? You betcha. But, just like the typical weight police answer of "the insurance co will deny your claim" I'm just tired of it.

Needs: go for it. I wouldn't worry until 15 years from now, when that 4" tube is rusted out and just the paint is holding it together. Until then, it's got the structural integrity to take the abuse. And if it doesn't, you'll know on your first trip, and everything is under warranty anyways. Just weight the bike rack and the bikes, and make sure they are under 300.

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Old 07-12-2015, 07:30 PM   #5
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Craig,

TY for the input!

But actually the optional hitch bolts to the tabs that are welded to the bottom of the I beam at the rear, not the 4" bumper unless I am mistaken.

And I hate to say it, but our bikes (wife's and mine) were up there in price when new. Wife's was a little less, mine was a little more. Not that I was very competattive due to not riding real serious, but I have raced and had fun. Even raced (or more so rode) the Iceman MTB Challenge, which is from Kalkaska, Mi to Traverse City, Mi the first Sat of Nov (unless Nov 1 is Sat, then it's Nov 8). ~30 mile point to point mtb race, with unpredictable weather that time of year! Could be 70*, or could be 10* with 8" of snow!!!

Plan on an anti wobble/rattle unit on the rack.

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Old 07-13-2015, 08:51 AM   #6
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I spoke to a fellow camper at a rv park this past weekend about this. His bike were drug down the highway behind his TT, but not because of the bumper giving way, it was because the welds on the cheap bike rack he had bought had broke. I say go for it!
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I have the factory installed bolt on hitch. Bought specifically for hauling bikes. Finally got that part up and working this year. Note that almost ALL bike racks specifically state that they are not for RV use, due to the longer moment arm from the wheels, and stress on the racks. Swagman is the only generally available one I have found with a couple of models (but not all of theirs either!) rated for RV use.

The hitch's receiver ends inside of the bumper, so I ran into clearance problems with the rack hitting the bumper, as well as the bike handlebars able to bang the rear window of the 5th. I had to get a 12" receiver extension to resolve, as well as then had to engineer some anti-rattle clamping to keep everything from banging around while on the road.

This is what I bought after my first trip: http://www.hitchrider.com/nowobble.htm

As far as bumper mounts: Sorry, no picture, but we parked next to a trailer that had it's rear bumper twisted down about 45 degrees just this spring. Owner said it was due to one trip with four bikes on a bumper mounted rack. Not a Jayco, though. My Swagman came with an optional bumper adapter, otherwise it needs a 2" receiver. I'm glad I had the hitch installed!
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Old 07-13-2015, 11:55 AM   #8
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Anyone know a cost on the bolt on hitch?
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I think the msrp per the website is $180. I haven't talked to the dealer yet about it yet. Probably be this evening the way things are looking.
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Old 07-13-2015, 02:52 PM   #10
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OK, dumb question, but what website? All I find at Jayco is clothing and water bottles under the e-store.

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