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Old 11-17-2011, 09:24 PM   #1
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I have an 321RLTS Jayco Eagle. What is the best bike rack for this unit. On the back carrier it only has one bar standing vertical and my ole mind is at withs end on what type of bike rack to use.
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Old 11-17-2011, 10:46 PM   #2
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It is not recommended to put a bike rack on the rear bumper of our 5th wheels. It is not strong enough unless it has been beefed up. I found out the hard way on my old 5th wheel.

I would suggest putting a front bumper hitch on your truck. I had one on my 07 Dodge Ram and am now going to purchase a Curt front bumper hitch for my 2010 Dodge Ram from the Hitch Store who have great prices and free delivery.
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Old 11-18-2011, 08:29 AM   #3
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I have an 321RLTS Jayco Eagle. What is the best bike rack for this unit. On the back carrier it only has one bar standing vertical and my ole mind is at withs end on what type of bike rack to use.
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I have the same trailer and factory bike carrier. We carry two bikes on the factory carrier. I secure the bikes with straps to the vertical post and to the front edge of the carrier. They are very secure. I am presently trying to find a cover for the two bikes, which is a daunting task. May have to make our own.
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Old 11-18-2011, 08:58 AM   #4
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Beef up the back with either 3" angle iron or 2" tube steel.
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Old 11-18-2011, 09:06 AM   #5
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Bike Rack

I have a 2010 365 BHS. I bought a bike rack and installed a receiver hitch on the bumper. The second time I used the rack, it caused the paint to come off of the bumper welds. The worst part was, the bouncing of the trailer caused the inside bike to knock 3 holes in the back of the camper. I filled the holes with fiberglass and installed a new sticker over the holes. I would not suggest using a bike rack. I just lay them down in the bed of the truck.
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Old 11-18-2011, 09:37 AM   #6
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I beefed up the back with tube steel and welded a receiver to that tube steel. Those bumpers they put on are too thin to do anything except hold the dump hoses. Going down even the bumpiest of roads, my bikes and my generator don't budge a inch. It cost me about $30 in steel and about an hour of welding. I have my own stick welder but I can't imagine a welding shop or even a muffler shop would charge you more then $100 (if you supplied the receiver).
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I strap 2 adult bikes to the tray as mentioned above and have not had any issues. Putting two equal size bikes in opposite directions helps in securing them to the tray. I use 4 rachet straps just to be safe since I cannot see back there and it does shake a little.

For a cover maybe a moped or motor cycle cover will work over two bikes due to the girth of one of those covers. I usually just cover the seats with saran wrap and deal with the elements.

The post really does not come into play so much but I keep it up as a fail safe if they decide to shift in transit.
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I am using ratchet straps also. I am still playing around with a quick and easy way to secure our 2 bikes. They are steady back there but it takes a while to tie everything down.
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I beefed up the back with tube steel and welded a receiver to that tube steel.
Could some of Ya'll that have beefed up the bumpers post a photo of what was done?
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Old 11-24-2011, 11:09 AM   #10
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I use the factory installed rack, with ratchet straps, and bungee cords. Every time I load them (2 Adult 1 Child) it is a problem. The hardest thing is getting the pedals to not hit the vertical bar, and each other. No easy way I have ever found to load bikes one these racks
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