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Old 08-13-2015, 07:16 AM   #1
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Bike rack

I have a 2015 x18z and want to know if I can add a hitch to the bumper for a bike rack. I don't want to jepordize the integrity of the frame. Any ideas or thoughts?
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Old 08-18-2015, 02:20 PM   #2
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Run a search and sit back in a comfortable chair to read. I decided not to hang a bike rack off my bumper.
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Old 08-18-2015, 02:29 PM   #3
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kkeepers.... You bumper is welded to safely hold the weight of your bumper, maybe if you are lucky it is rated to hold a spare tire.

A bike rack is essentially a large lever. You are going to extend a lever up three feet from your bumper and then add a 90 degree load bearing arm. I am not a mathematician... but I do recall from highschool that a lever multiplies force placed upon an object. So 60lbs of bikes becomes hundreds of pounds of force applied to your bumper and that is under static conditions. Add to that the bouncing you will encounter on the highway and the force is again multiplied.

I have never witnessed a bumper being ripped off at highway speed... But I imagine it would be quite entertaining to see... Unless I was the guy behind you
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Old 08-18-2015, 04:50 PM   #5
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No, you shouldn't do it. Some 2015's were available with a trailer hitch. Find out if that is an option for you. You can buy them from your dealer and bolt it on yourself. They are rated for 500 lbs or something like that.
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Back Hitch

I bought a CURT adjustable hitch and bolted it on to the frame of my X23b. I also put a mover grade strap on the top of the bike rack and tied on each side to the frame to eliminate as much of the movement as I can.
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Old 08-25-2015, 06:42 PM   #7
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The optional rear cargo hitch from Jayco is rated for 300lbs. I got one for our 32 BHDS, but haven't mounted it yet. A few members I have asked about it have been very happy with up to 4 bikes on it.

I also bought the u bolt kit (can't remember the "name") that eliminates hitches from rattling, and keeps bike racks from bouncing since my bike rack uses a standard hitch pin.
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I bought a CURT adjustable hitch and bolted it on to the frame of my X23b.
Do you have a part number or a link by any chance? Thanks!
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Nice write up Griswald One!

I have a Jayco Jay Featherlight SLX16XRB, and it has the spare tire mounted on it's bumper (came from factory like this). In no way was I going to mount a bike rack to this bumper without any type of reinforcement of the bumper and/or its bumper brackets to frame.

Took it to an RV center. They examined the frame, and said they could safely reinforce the brackets and frame to allow for a bike rack, but the price was too steep for me. Maybe someone with welding skills could make this a DIY project at home for cheaper.

I hauled the bikes twice in the back of the pickup bed; we never removed them from the bed those times, so I don't bother to take them with us anymore!
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