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Old 05-11-2011, 08:35 AM   #1
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Looking for an idea for my slide out bike rack

I have been impressed by the imagination of some of you out there. Iwill do the pull out drawer mod in my unit.

I have a pull out bike/equipment rack on my FW. I've used it a couple of times and the last time it really messed up one of my bikes. The problem is the rack has considerable bounce and unless the bikes are well secured and seperated form each other they chaffe on the rack, back of the trailer, and each other.

I'm looking to mod the rack so that the bikes are secured to prevent that from happening. Anyone out there done this or have an idea how to do it?
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Old 05-11-2011, 08:50 AM   #2
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I don't have a bike rack (wished I did) but couldn't you take a couple of 2x4's cut notches in them to secure the tires on the top (front and back) to keep the tops from moving? It may involve a little carpentry but some sort of brace could be made to secure them.
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Try using ratcheting 1" straps to keep the bikes secure and possibly some foam pipe insulation where they might meet
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Old 05-11-2011, 04:07 PM   #4
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Well a friend of mine had the same problem he also almost ripped the bumper off the back of trailer. what we did was put a brace across the trailer frame side to side then welded a 2 inch reciver tube to that brace so his bike rack slides through the reciver on trailer bumper and into the extra brace and that bike rack is solid and he hauls 4 bikes. Wish I could get pictures to post.
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Old 05-11-2011, 04:37 PM   #5
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Nick,

Sounds like stabilizing the rack from a higher point would reduce rack movement. Something along the line what member 'Old Blue' described would be best, because the cross brace could also have a vertical support coming up to stabilize the rack at a higher point.

Is it possible to post a couple of pics of your bike rack, may help knowing what you have to work with and aid in making additional suggestions. This is a topic I'm sure others have issues with as well.

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Old 05-11-2011, 08:28 PM   #6
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Thanks for the replys. I'll try to get a photo but it is just the slide out "cargo tray" Jayco offers as an option. it just has a 2X2 metal stancion on the trailing edge of the tray about 2 feet talland mounted in the middle of the tray

I agree it needs to be stabilazed from the top but I'm not sure what the best method is except that it needs to tie back to the stancion somehow.

The tray design is actually poor and I wish I hadnt ordered it. A bumper mount bike rack would have been better.
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I have not used my bike rack yet,I am not aware of any problems with bike rack. Could something as simple as adding a couple of nuts and bolt help to stop the bouncing instead of the shackle pins. THe bouncing effect caused by slack in the slide braces is the problem, correct.
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Old 05-19-2011, 08:09 PM   #8
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Took a closer look at my JAYCO SLIDE OUT rack today and what I did was -used 3in 7\16 bolts with nylon lock nuts in place of locking pins. I figured that I will bolt it instead of pin it , only takes a minute and will prevent shaking. I also replaced 3\8 bolt on support with 7/16 bolt to remove slack in support arm. I also installed rubber grommets in tie down holes to stop future scraping of paint. I put four more holes on corners so I will not have to worry about tie down problems later. Looks like a solid rack and very stable after a few minor mods.
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