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Old 12-09-2019, 08:15 PM   #21
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Excellent info so far. Keep it coming and thank you all!
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Old 12-14-2019, 01:09 PM   #22
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I use a Swagman on our 5er, also to reduce bouncing I have a hitch tightener so no rattling etc.
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Old 12-14-2019, 01:13 PM   #23
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Fantastic thread title......

Love the electric bike idea, but curious to hear how others carry them as they are becoming more popular.
I carry both e-bikes on a Hollywood E-Bike rack rated at 160 lbs, either on the back of the RV or on the back of the TOAD, with a Formosa cover. If not using the back of the CR-V TOAD for storage (long trip) I fold the bikes and place them inside 50 gal storage tubs in the back of the toad. (out of sight and weather)
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Old 12-14-2019, 01:43 PM   #24
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I tried my bike rack on the back of my Jay feather and it broke 10 miles into my trip. The bounce is very violent on the back. I went with an aluminum light weight cargo rack from northern tool for 70.00 and just strap the 4 bikes down to it and have not had a problem in 3k miles.



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Old 12-14-2019, 01:52 PM   #25
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I have a bike rack on the back of my factory jayflight hitch. Couple of tips:

1. Rear camera saves me so much anxiety w the bike rack. Really appreciate being able to just keep an eye on the bikes now and then

2. I use a hitch tightener like someone else linked above. Helps reduce slop, wouldn’t travel without it
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Old 12-14-2019, 01:54 PM   #26
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Put those bike up front. Worked for me.
This will add all the weight directly to your tongue. Beware of the maximum hitch weight.
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Old 12-14-2019, 02:06 PM   #27
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Pictured here is the system for attaching any bike carrier with a two-inch mount. Bikes bounce a bit on bumpy roads, but it's held up well. We have a Thule two-bike rack that we bought from REI, but any two-inch compatible rack will work. This is on a Hummingbird 2018 17FD.
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Old 12-14-2019, 02:38 PM   #28
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I don't have any images of my custom mount for a generator box.
My tool box is 24" and so is the tray.
So, my trailer length is an extra 24"
I did give consideration for reducing possible pavement dragging when entering driveways with steep ramps.
Just something to thing about.
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Old 12-14-2019, 03:38 PM   #29
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I use a Swagman on our 5er, also to reduce bouncing I have a hitch tightener so no rattling etc.
Larry which Swagman do you have. Is it a 1-1/4" or 2" mount model?
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I guess I am the cheap one of the bunch. With the price of bikes these days (gulp), I decided to transport inside. I use 4 moving blankets (1 on bottom 1 in between) and lay 2 on the dinette made into bed and 2 on slide out couch. Keeps the weight over the axles and gives me little piece of mind. They are out of sight and locked up, when stopped/parked on the road. Also hearing where thieves are also stealing stuff off the back when stopped in traffic.
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Old 12-14-2019, 05:33 PM   #31
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I know you cannot put bikes on the back. . . .

I have and Eagle HT with rear hitch. I have read lots of things about how bad it is to have bikes on the back, but most seem to be bumper mount issues. And yet, I still see lots of people doing it. I want a hitch mounted bike rack for my Eagle HT. It will need to support 3 bikes, and one is an E-bike. They total a little over 100lbs. I am still a little jealous of the Cougar fold down trays.

So, what are other Jayco Eagle owners using?
tray type or rack type?
Brand?
Model?
How many bikes?
weight ratings?

My favorite so far was a grill tray I saw at Buc'ees, but I failed to pull the trigger on that one. It would have required some mods for bikes, but it appeared really sturdy compared to most I see.


The Eagle HT has a frame mounted hitch with a 3000 lb capacity. It’ll handle bikes without issue. It’s meant to tow small trailers. It’s not a flimsy bumper mount.
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Old 12-14-2019, 05:36 PM   #32
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This is intended to be for fifth wheels, but the more the merrier.
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I use a Yakima rack on my HT. It has several thousand miles on some really rough roads. I tried to post a pic but couldn't figure it out. On my old 2012 Eagle Super Lite I had a platform rack it worked great but was much harder to load and secure. What ever you use just be sure it has the hitch secure attached to it so there is zero movement in the receiver tube. That makes all the difference.
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Old 12-15-2019, 04:44 AM   #34
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Ladder Racks

Hey Everyone, I hear lots of comments about bike racks for the bumper hitch but I haven’t heard any talk of the ladder racks that are available. I already have a large cargo container that I carry tools, hoses, grill, and a grill table in. But the ladder is designed to hold well over 300#, and our bikes probably only weigh 35-40 pounds each. I’d like to hear more about that option, and hear what others are using on their ladder.
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Eagle HT Tow weight rating

(The eagle ht with the factory reciever is rated at 300 pound pin 3000 pound trailer. It should have no problem carrying bikes and a rack. I use mine with a thule rack. I can see the bikes with my rear camera.)

X2 that's what my fiver with factory hitch (made by pullrite) is rated at also. I tow a Rzr 800 on a trailer behind mine.
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Always use an RV rated bike rack such as those sold at Swagman. They're very durable and can withstand the "whipping" action that occurs at the back of the TT/5th wheel.
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Old 12-16-2019, 11:08 AM   #37
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Hollywood Racks

I use the Hollywood racks:

Sport Rider SE4 Hitch Bike Rack

I can take it apart and only use it for two bikes. It folds up and out of the way too.

I did remove the bumper from the camper and had something stronger welded on and then I also put this (or something like this) on it...

https://www.amazon.com/Mount-n-Lock-.../dp/B071WK9CD3.

I am not using an e-bike however....
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Old 12-16-2019, 06:56 PM   #38
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I have a welded, frame mount receiver hitch bolted to the frame. I also use straps to hold the bikes in place and also put tension to the bike rack. It also will keep the bikes from falling off. I also had the arms the bikes sit on beefed up at a local welding shop. 4 years so far. no problems.
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Always use an RV rated bike rack such as those sold at Swagman. They're very durable and can withstand the "whipping" action that occurs at the back of the TT/5th wheel.
That whipping action is exactly why I will never ever put anything on the back of my 5'er. My 5'er came with a factory installed receiver hitch and a bike rack. I sold the bike rack without ever opening it (I don't remember the brand or style). I have seen way too many bikes being destroyed while whipping around on the back of RV's and when they are in front of me I slow down until they are out of sight. I don't want bike parts hitting me.

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I did say it was outrageous, impossible if you will.

Internet lore? or reality? Thus far, I have only personally ever seen bent bumpers. And since this is specifically about not using a bumper mount.... I'd love to see some evidence of actual damage using a hitch mount. Photos or video would be great.

And OBTW, accidental "I forgot to tie it down" or "I used some twine" shouldn't count here. I am talking real failures.
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