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Old 01-25-2015, 09:21 AM   #21
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Thanks for the thought, I am going to a hitch shop Monday and ask some questions.
1. If I take this thing off and bring it to them can they put a solid bar inside the tube?

2. Any suggestions to prevent this thing breaking on a road as long as it is not overloaded?

I think it an be improved upon.
If you are going as far taking it to a hitch shop, might want to think about just replacing it with a 2" receiver and then buying any of the dozens of racks/platforms already engineered and on the market.

This what did, the factory rack came off with 8 bolts I believe. Even Jayco got rid of the bike/cargo rack in favor of a 2" receiver.

My custom fabricated, frame to frame welded, receiver cost ~$300 -- well worth it.
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Old 01-25-2015, 09:27 AM   #22
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Thanks for the thought, I am going to a hitch shop Monday and ask some questions.
1. If I take this thing off and bring it to them can they put a solid bar inside the tube?

2. Any suggestions to prevent this thing breaking on a road as long as it is not overloaded?

I think it an be improved upon.
Virtually ALWAYS room for improvement. One of the greatest forces on earth is the urge to improve upon what someone else did!

Here's another: The arm that broke is supported on the bottom by a surrounding tube. The hole for lock pin holding the arm in the extended position is very near the end of the support tube. All the loads (static and dynamic) are concentrated at the end of the support tube (at the fulcrum Ustabslim mentioned).

If a locking mechanism was further away from the end of the support tube, no hole would be needed where the weight and bouncing forces are the greatest (at the fulcrum).

With the existing design and hole placement, adding a short, solid metal 'plug' in the arm extending a ways (several inches) on both sides of the hole would help distribute the loads on the arm away from fulcrum and the hole in the arm.

Of course, then you have the issue Ustabslim raised "Where is the weakest link now?"
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Old 01-25-2015, 11:47 AM   #23
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All the above tips are good ones.
See.....several minds are better than one.
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Another idea I have been kicking around in addition to moving the hole farther away from the back end, is to reduce the distance it is pulled out by drilling the hole in the sliding tube farther out. I only carry 2 bikes on mine and do not need it extended the full length.

This would reduce the strain from the bouncing force. I am also trying to find out who makes this for Jayco. Is it Lippert? They seem to own every other company in the RV business.
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Another idea I have been kicking around in addition to moving the hole farther away from the back end, is to reduce the distance it is pulled out by drilling the hole in the sliding tube farther out. I only carry 2 bikes on mine and do not need it extended the full length.

This would reduce the strain from the bouncing force. I am also trying to find out who makes this for Jayco. Is it Lippert? They seem to own every other company in the RV business.
By shortening the pull out distance, you certainly gain some strength. If you drill the hole "farther out", you might give some thought to drilling horizontal, keeping in mind the fabrication tips presented in this thread.

IMHO, this factory rack is really only suitable for bicycles. To call it a cargo tray is stretching the truth.
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I have been using mine for 4 bikes. I will take a good look at it in the spring. Maybe running a ratchet strap to the ladder might help the bounce..
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Old 01-26-2015, 01:12 PM   #27
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At least it will be dragging behind instead of in someone's windshield.
Wait, the ladder will also be ripped off?
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Got my new hitch put on today. I think it is going to make bringing the bikes so much easier. I am going to swap out the current bike carrier I have with the one on this link ( http://www.kotulas.com/deals/garage-and-auto/scooters-and-bikes/2in1-cargo-carrier-with-4bike-rack-500lb.-capacity )
Now the pictures of the new hitch. They basically took the existing 2x4 piece that was from Jayco, then welded a the cross bar for the receiver to that, and added a angled piece to the 2x4 piece just because. They also welded the receiver to the stock bumper to make everything tie together. I will have to relocate the rear-view camera I had to a different spot, but that is the easy part.

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That will work.
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Old 02-06-2015, 12:50 PM   #30
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I removed the sliding part of my slide out carrier and took it to a locally respected Hitch Shop. They cut a 2' piece of 1" 11ga square stock, slid it in on both sides centered over the Clevis pin. Welded it in place and drilled the hole thru the new piece.
This doubles the thickness at the place Dzwiss carrier broke.
I feel better!
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