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Old 11-09-2013, 10:51 AM   #11
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I have a 4 bike rack on the back of my 184BH. I hold 2 small bikes and 2 big bikes bikes on it. This year I will reinforcing and adding gussets to the bumper. M might actually replace the entire bumper with a similar size box, but thicker metal. I don't like the weight on the bumper as it is, but I am putting the heaviest weight as close the the inside of the holder as possible. I needed a way to carry bikes but I do have space anywhere else. We use the inside of the camper a lot enroute for bathroom breaks so putting them inside was not a great option. For as short of trips as I have done with the bikes, I took a risk and it has worked out so far. Gamble... Yes. Short term... Yes... Good idea, probably not, but it has worked for me so far.

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Old 11-09-2013, 01:30 PM   #12
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What about a front receiver hitch on the tow vehicle? I mounted one to my snow plow frame so will be using that next year. I hate not being able to see the bikes going down the road. I have lost bikes before on our old EXP 232 when some bolts broke. I made a hitch for it and eventually drilled the frame for larger bolts and never had another issue. On the 26BH we have now, I also made a bumper hitch that goes back to a second cross member.

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Old 11-11-2013, 07:45 AM   #13
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Thanks for all the replies, After reading the comments and calling Jayco, we decided to buy folding bikes.
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Old 11-11-2013, 11:48 AM   #14
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I would not put anything of value on the backend of a TT. In my time of pulling TT I have lost one bumper and it did not have a thing on it.
A travel trailer is a teeter-totter, it pivots a ridged frame on an axle/s somewhat close to center. The rear is not riding on a 4 footed suspension system like a motorhome or a truck, it's being launched up and down by the movement of the ball. When the ball goes up the rear of the TT goes down, quickly it moves. Image a teeter-totter with somoene on one end jerking that end up and down while you are sitting on it.

If you have ever been inside a TT while it's going down the road you would quickly find a way to get yourself over the axles and stay there, as that's the only place where thats not overreacting to the changes in height of the hitch. (This is against the law and I am not saying here that I have ever done this.)

Our bicycles stay in the bed of our truck. Other than that they would go inside and close to center of the axles.
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Old 11-11-2013, 12:25 PM   #15
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I have the 23j and it seems to bounce alot going down the road.....how does your 23b do on the road. I am thinking of doing the same thing and having a receiver hitch welded to the frame but I am concerned about the bounce
My 23B does not seem to bounce much. I am using 1000 pound Equalizer bars, which may contribute to a smooth highway ride. My brother told me my old bike rack a T shaped cheap thing wobbled a lot. It wobbled a lot just sitting there too. That old rack it did not have any type of anti-rattle device. This new rack seems much sturdier and has an anti rattle device. Next spring when we go out with my brother again I will be able to get an update on how well things appear to hold up. If I think about it I may have to have them take a video of the back of the HTT as we are traveling down the road.
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Old 11-11-2013, 07:23 PM   #16
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My 23B does not seem to bounce much. I am using 1000 pound Equalizer bars, which may contribute to a smooth highway ride. My brother told me my old bike rack a T shaped cheap thing wobbled a lot. It wobbled a lot just sitting there too. That old rack it did not have any type of anti-rattle device. This new rack seems much sturdier and has an anti rattle device. Next spring when we go out with my brother again I will be able to get an update on how well things appear to hold up. If I think about it I may have to have them take a video of the back of the HTT as we are traveling down the road.
if you take a video post it, actually a post on what ever you figure out would be nice.
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Old 11-12-2013, 09:27 AM   #17
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In my opinion, a few hundred dollars for a proper frame-mounted receiver hitch is worth the peace of mind while towing, especially since you can't see your bikes while driving. A couple of nice bikes plus your rack, not to mention the bumper itself, can be worth easily 1 or 2 thousand dollars if not more. For me, it's worth doing it right and not risking losing your bikes or breaking your bumper.
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:22 PM   #18
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Save some money and put them in side the trailer or inside the bed of the truck got a quote for around 450$ for one to be placed on a 29bhs. YAH its a bit of a pain but there safe and secure
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