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Old 09-19-2016, 11:00 AM   #1
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Best Option for Bicycles on Hybrid Lightweight TT

We pull our Hybrid 2013 Jayco X20E with a 2104 Toyota Sequoia. I'd like to take bicycles. While we have a Thule rack for a receiver both Thule and Jayco seem to say don't put a receiver on the rear bumper of the trailer and carry bikes -- not to mention another thing to take care of before we could fold the bed down. So I'd like to avoid that route.

What is the most practical way you've found to carry bikes with a hybrid TT?

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Old 09-19-2016, 11:08 AM   #2
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We use the Arvika 2" receiver mounted to the A-Frame of the TT with a Thule CrossTrack carrier. Works great. The problem with the rear bumper mounts is the "whip" you get back there, which can lever off the bumper, or break the rack. Not nearly as big a problem over the A-frame, it is a fairly smooth ride.


Unfortunately though, you do have to pop the rack off before dropping the bunk; an extra 5 minutes in setup time. The Arvika sits below that level and does not have to be removed.





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Old 09-19-2016, 02:10 PM   #3
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We recently bought a new truck and had a receiver put on the front. The bikes ride rock steady and, if we need to, we can slip a cargo tray in to carry extra gear. I forgot to say we were tired of the bikes taking up room in the bed.
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<We use the Arvika 2" receiver mounted to the A-Frame of the TT with a Thule CrossTrack carrier. Works great. >

I had not heard of the Arvika receiver. Looks like a solution I may want to consider. Thanks.
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We use the Arvika 2" receiver mounted to the A-Frame of the TT with a Thule CrossTrack carrier. Works great.
I wasn't aware of the Arvika receiver. May be something I want to consider. Thanks.
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We recently bought a new truck and had a receiver put on the front. The bikes ride rock steady and, if we need to, we can slip a cargo tray in to carry extra gear. I forgot to say we were tired of the bikes taking up room in the bed.
Hmmm. Receiver in front? Interesting idea. I wonder if it would be distracting, but it seems it must not be for you. Something I'll have to consider. Thanks.
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We use an anti rattle hitch hitch pin and that takes almost all of the movement out of the bike carrier. With the ford's sight line, the bikes so far haven't been a distraction. Plus, we have the option of pushing the camper into a tight site if we need to.
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I wasn't aware of the Arvika receiver. May be something I want to consider. Thanks.
Note that Stromberg Carlson makes a similar unit too, available on Amazon for a bit less $$. But I was a bit leery of that one after reading the reviews, doesn't sound as sturdy or well made as the Arvika unit.

I gave some source information on this thread here:
https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f3...xrb-39105.html
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I use the Stromberg-Carlson bike bunk. I cut the uprights down a bit for a better fit and to make sure it doesn't impede the bunk opening. I have to modify the bike carrier portion a bit to get a bit better turn radius.... next year.
For now, I just take the bikes off and fold up the wheel carrier before backing into a site. Fr regular road driving, the turn radius is just fine.
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How many bikes could you expect to get on the A-Frame mount w/o severely affecting maneuverability? I'm thinking it's only good for 2, or maybe 1 adult (closest to camper) and 2 kids bikes.
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