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Old 04-10-2015, 07:36 PM   #11
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For the rack we have a Yakama 4 bike carrier, it swings down. I don't think they make it anymore, the ones they make now are not made of steel. I'm a steel type of guy.
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Old 04-10-2015, 11:20 PM   #12
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Thanks for the discussion. Sounds like Swagman is about the only one out there. All the others I've investigated (Yakima, Curt, Prorack, Sportrack, Hollywood, Thule and Saris) all specifically warn in the instructions to never use them on RV's. Sigh!

As far as Swagman, the XC on Amazon for $160 has about 10% of it's reviews listing issues with assembly, paint, looseness in mounting, or things just falling off while on the road. Lots of good reviews, but the odds seem a little high.

The 64663 model noted ($207) seems to have very few issues. This is the one with the option for a bumper clamp receiver. As noted, I don't need that as I already have a 2" installed receiver, so can skip the bumper clamp. As long as I have enough ground clearance it looks to be the one. Swagman has one other that doesn't have an RV exemption (#64684), but that one seems really hard to find.

One would think that the RV market would be something more companies would be designing for....

Second question - to cover the bikes while on the road, or not - and what cover would you recommend, if any?
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Old 04-11-2015, 12:19 AM   #13
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Thick Cable lock, and a Blue Tarp with a bungy just because I don't want some crook seeing my RockHooper and following me to the gas station. I think you can install any rack as long as the receiver is welded to the frame somehow. Welding something in place will only take a good welder a half hour tops. Figure $100 out the door. If you can find some Scrap Steel it'd be cheaper. The manufacturers don't want people installing these racks on the bumpers for liability reasons (I don't blame them). Have you considered CregsList for the rack? Reduce, reuse, recycle.
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I just purchased the Swagman Dispatch. This is the one Flapper mentioned #64684. It is a platform type and specifically rated for RVs. See link below for the Swagman Dispatch. I bought mine thru Camping World for $259. Very easy to use once you get the cradles set for your bikes. Comes with a hitch lock and cable to lock your bikes.

DISPATCH NON-FOLDING - Swagman

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Thick Cable lock, and a Blue Tarp with a bungy just because I don't want some crook seeing my RockHooper and following me to the gas station. I think you can install any rack as long as the receiver is welded to the frame somehow. Welding something in place will only take a good welder a half hour tops. Figure $100 out the door. If you can find some Scrap Steel it'd be cheaper. The manufacturers don't want people installing these racks on the bumpers for liability reasons (I don't blame them). Have you considered CregsList for the rack? Reduce, reuse, recycle.
Actually, I called a couple of the companies (Yakima, Hollywood) and they disavow mounting on a trailer due to the longer distance between the wheels and the hitch than a passenger vehicle has. It aggravates all of the motions, and puts a lot more stress on their racks, that they haven't been built to withstand. Obviously, if you then install their rack in a way that they didn't design for (on a bumper, generally) that is an additional point of possible failure, but not the reason they tell people not to use them on trailers. Doing so, you're not following all their other instructions, so they can get out of liability that way.
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I just purchased the Swagman Dispatch. This is the one Flapper mentioned #64684. It is a platform type and specifically rated for RVs. See link below for the Swagman Dispatch. I bought mine thru Camping World for $259. Very easy to use once you get the cradles set for your bikes. Comes with a hitch lock and cable to lock your bikes.

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Dispatch Two-Bike Rack - Swagman 68684 - Bike Racks - Camping World
CW eh? I missed seeing that there! Thanks for the link!
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That's why I don't like the new ones, they aren't even made of steel anymore.
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I have been using the Swagman "Bumper Rack 2" for a couple years. My thinking is that with the four points of attachment, there may not be as much stress on the bumper welds and I keep an eye on the welds. My two bikes and hitch weigh as much as the bumper mounted spare tire and tire rack (I now have the spare tire in the under-bed storage area). Just for safety, I have a steel safety cable through the bike rack and the bike wheels then around the RV frame so if I see someone passing me on the Interstate pointing to the back of the RV, I know I have a problem . Obviously, my mtn bikes aren't worth much.
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I just posted my DIY bike rack mount in another post. You can click on the link to see it and the plans if you want to make your own.

https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f7...tml#post289474

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I just posted my DIY bike rack mount in another post. You can click on the link to see it and the plans if you want to make your own.

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Thanks Don - others may want to make note of it. I already have the receiver (factory installed), the hard part is finding a rack to go into it! (Well, one the rack manufacturer will stand behind when used on an RV!)
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