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Old 04-06-2015, 09:26 AM   #1
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rear hitch for 5th wheel question

We hav a 2014 27.5RLTS. I bought a bumper mounted bike rack to carry one light weight bicycle. I have read that this is not a good idea. Our last TT had the spare tire mounted to the bumper in the same way, and this bicycle is certainly lighter than that spare.
Is anyone else carrying their bikes on the same arrangement?

The brackets for the 2" receiver are already installed on the unit and welded to the frame. If I should abandon the bumper mount, does anyone have the part number for the factory receiver that bolts to the existing brackets?
Thanks for any input
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Old 04-06-2015, 09:45 AM   #2
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The ones I have seen that separated were in the area where the square bumper is welded to the frame support. The bumper metal is not thick enough to hole the weld and it tears away. The physics of the spare mounted directly over the bumper must not be as stressful on the welds.

If you use the forum search function, looking for rear mounted hitches, you will find numerous threads on this.

The Jayco cargo carrier option is expensive to add after delivery I hear.

I saw a Jayco owner last month, who had removed the square bumper and replaced it with a thicker square stock that was re-welded and braced with extra bracing and he was using a bolt on hitch mounted bike rack. Was very happy with it.
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Old 05-07-2015, 08:05 PM   #3
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I carried 4 bikes on a bumper mount hitch for 4 years (2month trips). Wasn't all that comfortable. I would have no problem with 1 light bike. Norty1 correct on pricing 3 to 6 times the price after delivery. I have checked this on the bumper mount grill, the cargo carrier, the slide-out awnings and a couple of other things. Price difference was mind boggling.
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It's not about the weight of the bikes and being lighter than a spare. What does damage is the torque from the huge moment arm that holds them way up and out from the frame. Think of it like a very short wrench vs breaker bar type of scenario.

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Old 05-07-2015, 08:24 PM   #5
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These pictures show the underside of my 2014 Eagle 375BHFS, my dealer says they are for a hitch receiver. If Your unit is so equipped that may be the way to go. I was quoted $351 for hitch, $120 for freight, and $100 for install (four nuts and bolts, and washers) Don't remember the exact weight limit but think it was around 300lbs.
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Old 05-07-2015, 08:28 PM   #6
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Ever stood on the rear bumper? I do all the time. I think the bumper mounter bracket and a bike are just fine
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Ever stood on the rear bumper? I do all the time. I think the bumper mounter bracket and a bike are just fine
IIRC the owners manual says it isn't.
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I should have mentioned that the hitch the dealer is charging $351 +$120 plus $100 ($571) is available as an option on the Jayco 2015's for $179.

I have an email in to Jayco looking for the part number. I'll post it when I get it.
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IIRC the owners manual says it isn't.
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I had he factory slide out tray on my 2012 Eagle which broke off and disappeared taking all of my cargo with it. I am now having a 2" receiver fabricated and welded to the frame this coming Tuesday. I was quoted $380 for this. I will also need to get a bicycle carrier. Not cheap but hopefully more secure than the factory tray. When considering a bike carrier you need to make sure it is suitable for an RV. Some, Thule for example, do not recommend using their racks on an RV.
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