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Old 01-11-2013, 10:30 AM   #11
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I am not a fan of the bike racks where you hang your bikes. Would just as soon have the type that the bike wheels sit in a U shaped frame, much easier on the bikes and you. They do make them that fit into a receiver hitch.
I bought a Hollywood bike carrier that the bike sits in two wheel holders. Is attached to the rear bumper in a 2" receiver adapter. I sold the Swagman that hung the bikes by the frame.
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:45 PM   #12
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Update: after trying my luck I went ahead and bolted my receiver hitch onto the rear bumper of my 5er. About half way into the trip the couple behind us lets us know that we just lost both caps off of the bumper. When we got to the CG I looked at the bumper and it bent from the weight of the bikes flexing. So I now have someone coming out to install a receiver hitch under the rear of my 5er. So much for going with what the CW employees tell you.
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Old 01-29-2013, 12:43 PM   #13
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Update: after trying my luck I went ahead and bolted my receiver hitch onto the rear bumper of my 5er. About half way into the trip the couple behind us lets us know that we just lost both caps off of the bumper. When we got to the CG I looked at the bumper and it bent from the weight of the bikes flexing. So I now have someone coming out to install a receiver hitch under the rear of my 5er. So much for going with what the CW employees tell you.
I was concerned about all the weight being put on just one point of the bumper and you may have just confirmed my "fear". So, I went with a Swagman two bicycle hitch that does mount to the bumper but in four places. It's the one where the bicycle rear tires fit into slots on a separate frame from the front tires (sorry, that was a poor explanation). Anyhow, my thought is that the entire weight will be spread out over the length of the bumper and thereby have less twisting effect on the bumper. The weight of our bikes and the hitch will be about 80#. Will let you know if we end up dragging our bikes off the Interstate
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Old 01-29-2013, 12:56 PM   #14
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What you don't want to happen (not my TT):

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Old 01-29-2013, 02:12 PM   #15
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You will NOT void the warranty if you properly weld onto the frame. If you cut away part of the frame that might be a different story. What I have found is the square tube bumper is only tack welded onto the frame and it is NOT strong enough to secure a load to it.

I have a 2 square tube receiver hitch on my hybrid, no issues. Luckily my dealer added it to my TT without my permission. So I guess I could argue that it came that way. I have never had an issues with my bike carrier (3 bike) on the back of the TT. My brother followed me once and said the bikes moved around a bit. However, I am not concerned about that as I ALWAYS secure them to both the carrier and I add two lanyards to the TT frame, so they cannot move around to much.
I had my x23J bumper reinforced by a welder. He also found the bumper to only be tack welded. He completed the tacks and also added supports from the trailer frame to the bumper. I had the square receiver attached with brackets to the bumper. Our 1st time out we almost lost the bikes cause they do still bounce around quite a bit, but my brother was behind us and was able to tell me to pull over. With a few adjustable straps starpped around the bikes and bumper, they now bounce less.
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[QUOTE=Rustic Eagle;114254]What you don't want to happen (not my TT):

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Do you know if they had more than the spare tire on this bumper? It looks like there are attachment points for other items.
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I had my x23J bumper reinforced by a welder. He also found the bumper to only be tack welded. He completed the tacks and also added supports from the trailer frame to the bumper. I had the square receiver attached with brackets to the bumper. Our 1st time out we almost lost the bikes cause they do still bounce around quite a bit, but my brother was behind us and was able to tell me to pull over. With a few adjustable straps starpped around the bikes and bumper, they now bounce less.
My hitch does NOT touch the bumper. What I have is simular to an aftermarket hitch that would be installed on the TV. That is why I am not to concerned about the bikes moving around a little bit. Actually the bike rack is doing the moving as it is not a tight fit into the reciever.
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Hummm; I wounder what the BIG round pipes are for on that bumper.
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snip......Do you know if they had more than the spare tire on this bumper? It looks like there are attachment points for other items.
As I recall the story all that was attached at the time of the incident was a BQ grill, no bicycles.

I don't recall the purpose of the two vertical end tubes....., possibly for flag poles or clothes line supports??

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I have a receiver mounted on the front of the truck and use a Swagman carrier that supports the bike wheels. Bikes are secure. Easy to load. Type of bike frame makes no difference. No messing with ropes and bungies. This has been good for 5000 miles in the past year.
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