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Old 02-22-2024, 05:00 PM   #1
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Hollywood Destination E Bike Rack

Their website says that this rack is approved for Class B only. I asked them why and they said it is not heavy duty enough for Class C. I am not seeing any difference between MB Sprinter Class B and our rig. Same Class 3 hitch with a 5000 lb. rating. Any thoughts?
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Their website says that this rack is approved for Class B only. I asked them why and they said it is not heavy duty enough for Class C. I am not seeing any difference between MB Sprinter Class B and our rig. Same Class 3 hitch with a 5000 lb. rating. Any thoughts?

Yeah, follow their advice. They make racks that are rated across class C makes and models. Spend the extra money and be safe. My Hollywood rack is good for all.
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Any thoughts? Yeah. Believe them. If they make it and sell it, I think they know their product. Do they have one for Class C? If yes, you should get that one. Not something to skimp a few dollars on. Wha's that saying? "Penny wise, pound foolish." "You can pay me now or you can pay me later."
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This is my rack. It is made to haul up to Ebikes on the back of any RV (not bumpers) and vehicle. I have mine mounted on the Jeep, which is then behind the Class C but you can mount it on the C if you want. I just don't like having to lift a 65 lb bike down from that height.



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Being both a mechanical and structural engineer, I would assume the reason the bike rack is rated for a B and not a C is that it is not designed for the impact force generated by the bikes when they move due to road conditions. The longer the distance from the rear axle to the bike rack, the more impact force (level arm) the bikes will exert on both the bike rack and hitch. (Think about using a cheater bar on a wrench to turn a stuck bolt.) C's tend to have longer wheel base and longer overhang from the rear axle to the hitch. The lighter e-bike rack MIGHT work on a short C that has a similar wheelbase and overhang as a B, but I would inspect it on a regular basis if you get it. Like the previous post, I have the Hollywood RV Rider. it is designed to be mounted on the back of a fifth-wheel vehicle and other types of rvs, and it has been on several long trips with no issues. Before getting this rack, I used a different rack not rated for RV for a couple of short trips and did notice the rack starting to bend. I hope this helps.
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Being both a mechanical and structural engineer, I would assume the reason the bike rack is rated for a B and not a C is that it is not designed for the impact force generated by the bikes when they move due to road conditions. The longer the distance from the rear axle to the bike rack, the more impact force (level arm) the bikes will exert on both the bike rack and hitch. (Think about using a cheater bar on a wrench to turn a stuck bolt.) C's tend to have longer wheel base and longer overhang from the rear axle to the hitch. The lighter e-bike rack MIGHT work on a short C that has a similar wheelbase and overhang as a B, but I would inspect it on a regular basis if you get it. Like the previous post, I have the Hollywood RV Rider. it is designed to be mounted on the back of a fifth-wheel vehicle and other types of rvs, and it has been on several long trips with no issues. Before getting this rack, I used a different rack not rated for RV for a couple of short trips and did notice the rack starting to bend. I hope this helps.
Excellent explanation and advice. Thank you.
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We have the Hollywood RV Rider HR1700. Kind of pricey but it's extremely sturdy. Easily supports two heavy e-bikes with fat tires on the back of our Class C. Not sure what the difference is between the Destination and RV Rider models.
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I've never tried any Hollywood racks, but I've had good luck with this one, rated for RV and up to 200# of bikes;

https://www.discountramps.com/biking.../p/BC-4104-RV/
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Being both a mechanical and structural engineer, I would assume the reason the bike rack is rated for a B and not a C is that it is not designed for the impact force generated by the bikes when they move due to road conditions. The longer the distance from the rear axle to the bike rack, the more impact force (level arm) the bikes will exert on both the bike rack and hitch. (Think about using a cheater bar on a wrench to turn a stuck bolt.) C's tend to have longer wheel base and longer overhang from the rear axle to the hitch. The lighter e-bike rack MIGHT work on a short C that has a similar wheelbase and overhang as a B, but I would inspect it on a regular basis if you get it. Like the previous post, I have the Hollywood RV Rider. it is designed to be mounted on the back of a fifth-wheel vehicle and other types of rvs, and it has been on several long trips with no issues. Before getting this rack, I used a different rack not rated for RV for a couple of short trips and did notice the rack starting to bend. I hope this helps.
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