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Old 05-26-2012, 10:53 AM   #1
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Bike storage/transport in Swift SLX

Any ideas from seasoned trailer folks on the best way to transport bikes? I looked into a hitch mount for the rear of the trailer, but apparently not available on the SLX.

Is the spare tire mount beefy enough to take a spare tire rack and a couple of bikes?

At this point, I'm thinking we may end up with a roof rack for our car, but I'm not jazzed about the prospect of shelling out more $$$.
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Old 07-17-2012, 03:48 PM   #2
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By now you have probably come up with your own solution, but we purchased a bike rack that goes on the bumper of our camper. The attached photo will show the mount, however the actual bike rack was not put on the mount when this picture was taken. We slid the spare tire over in order to fit the bike rack (which holds up to 4 bikes) without hiding either of the tail lights.

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Old 07-17-2012, 05:09 PM   #3
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By now you have probably come up with your own solution, but we purchased a bike rack that goes on the bumper of our camper. The attached photo will show the mount, however the actual bike rack was not put on the mount when this picture was taken. We slid the spare tire over in order to fit the bike rack (which holds up to 4 bikes) without hiding either of the tail lights.

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Have you used it? and for how long? I have that hitch on my TT but have been hearing not to put the bikes on it as the bumper is only rated for 100 lbs and that it could rip the bumper right off? Did you do anything to reinforce the bumper?
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Old 07-18-2012, 05:41 PM   #4
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I bought a hitch receiver from Curt Industries and haul my bikes in front of the truck. I have a 2005 Jayfeather 29Y with no rear bumper.
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Old 07-18-2012, 08:21 PM   #5
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I too bought a Curt hitch for the front of my truck. It's also handy for other things than just a bike carrier.
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Old 07-19-2012, 12:32 PM   #6
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if you're not talking a lot of bikes, your TV is a car; take the front tires off bikes and carry them inside of TT.
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Old 07-24-2012, 03:19 AM   #7
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I too am looking for a way to transport about 3 bikes. I already have the rack that gets hooked to my receiver on my tow vehicle, but I kinda need that spot for the TT. Looking on the net and looking at the bumper, there's no way that I would feel comfortable with a bolt on for my rack. So i'm wondering if anyone has welded a 2" receiver to the center beam of their TT? Has anyone does this with theirs?
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Old 07-30-2012, 07:20 PM   #8
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Hello,

I have a X213, 2011, and the previous owner had gotten two 2" receivers right below the bumper, and one receiver on the side for a Bbq holder he welded out.Will try to take and post pic later.

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Old 08-02-2012, 02:33 PM   #9
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I went to a welder yesterday. The bumper of my TT is mostly just tach welded. He is going to finish welding all the joints and add a metal piece welded in the center from the bumper to the TT. He said when he's done I can hang anything I want off the bumper except another trailer! 4 bikes on a rack, no problem!
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I went to a welder yesterday. The bumper of my TT is mostly just tach welded. He is going to finish welding all the joints and add a metal piece welded in the center from the bumper to the TT. He said when he's done I can hang anything I want off the bumper except another trailer! 4 bikes on a rack, no problem!
Please post pictures when completed. There are lots of us who want to carry bikes on the back, but have headed the warning on carrying them on an un-reinforced bumper. Also, if you don't mind sharing, what is the welding shop asking for that? I can do lots of things, but welding isn't one of them
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