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Old 02-06-2015, 02:26 PM   #31
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Old 02-06-2015, 05:21 PM   #32
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Jayco cargo tray/bike carrier issue

Most engineers and people who do this say it is less stress drilling the hole top down rather than sideways.
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Old 02-06-2015, 05:28 PM   #33
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Need to tell that to all the makers of trailer hitches.
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Old 02-06-2015, 08:21 PM   #34
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Need to tell that to all the makers of trailer hitches.

I think there are several reasons for that.
1. The size and thickness of a receiver make it much much stronger than 11 ga stock.
2. The pin would interfere with many auto truck due to clearance making them unable to be universal.

I don't have anything to back this up other than comments from people with experience.
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Old 02-13-2015, 12:02 PM   #35
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Got my cargo/bike rack last weekend. It is really heavy. Probably close to the same weight as all four of my bikes. I think it is going to work out great. I have my rear camera pointing just under it so I can keep an eye on everything. I had my wife follow me and went over some railroad tracks. She said she couldn't really see it moving much. The bikes do move side to side pretty good, but they can only move one way until the wheel holder stops them. No way they can fall off, but I will probably wrap the really long strap that comes with the rack around each bike frame. I will be traveling from Phoenix AZ to San Diego Ca in a few weeks so if anything changes with my opinion, I will update this thread.
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Old 02-14-2015, 05:28 AM   #36
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I guess I have seen way too much "stuff" on rear carriers being bounced to death to ever use one regardless of how strong it may be. My 5'er came with a bike rack to use in the factory receiver. I never took it out of the box and sold it. My 5'er is way too long and has too much movement that far back for me to ever trust any type of rear carrier.

I carry a Playstation 3 with me and over a few hundred miles it fell through one of the rear cabinet shelf bottoms. The self material actually failed under the weight being bounced around. I used the old broken piece as a guide and cut a new piece of 1/4" plywood to replace it. Works great.

I would love to have the ability to put a few things on a rear carrier but I just can't do it.
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I hear you. I will be keeping a close eye on it with the camera. I am not really worried about losing the bikes, except I don't want them killing someone behind me. That's really my biggest fear. I also have a blue tote and will mostly be putting that on when we go on long trips.
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All we carry in our factory cargo tray/bike rack is our Barker tote and a storage container that holds wood blocks for the stabilizers. Probably 20lbs max. Click image for larger version

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Just a update on my modification to beef up the OE bike carrier.

Since having additional steel added to beef up the slide out bars, we have towed almost 1000 miles and it appears to be stronger. I feel not flexing when I stand my big 210lb body on it as before and see no signs of metal fatigue.
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Mine survived another season in stock form. Looking to pull her down to Florida next month with just 2 bikes on it.
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