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Old 11-08-2013, 01:45 PM   #1
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Any experience with rear bumper bike rack/hitch

I have a 2014 Ultralite 197. We are wanting to take our bikes with us and the only solution I am considering is the Swagman 64663 2 bike platform rack. Does anyone have experience either good or bad with a bumper mounted hitch. I have heard all the horror stories. So if you have had an actual good or bad experience with this kind of hitch/rack, or a similar bumper mounted hitch/rack, I would like to hear from you. Thanks

here is a link:http://www.amazon.com/Swagman-64663-...=swagman+64663
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Old 11-08-2013, 03:34 PM   #2
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Bike racks are a hot topic on this forum. I am not familiar with your 197’s construction. But most lightweight TTs do not have a bumper strong enough to support any kind of bike rack. I have a welded 2” receiver hitch on the back of my 23B. It is welded to the frame, and does not touch the bumper. I had an old school cheap bike rack I used for the last two years. It worked fine, but I noticed this summer that a gusset bracket had a little twist in it. So I bought the Swagman 4 bike platform (do not recall the model number), but it looks a lot like your two bike unit. I have only used it once, but it seemed rock solid, with three bikes on it.
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Old 11-08-2013, 05:15 PM   #3
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There's a common sense factor. I would see no problem carrying (2) lightweight bikes on a lightweight bumper mounted bike carrier.

That said - the double bike rack (w/ receiver) in your auction is pretty hefty at 55-60#. I have a Thule (4) Bike Tilting Rack with Cable Lock, License Plate Light / Holder (and Curt Receiver) that weigh in at 30#. If it were me....I would look for something much lighter.
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I have had one break the welds. I would not even consider it without having a welding shop beef it up or install a frame attached receiver.
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Old 11-09-2013, 02:46 AM   #5
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we had out bikes mounted on the bumper and the weld did not break but the metal bumber cracked and ripped on both sides. so i welded some enforcements to the frame and bumper both sides on top and bottom this works great. there was only two bikes and spare tire mounted to bumper. looked pretty funny when i walked behind trailer and saw bikes and tire at about 45 degrees. darn good thing i checked on them.
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I have seen far too many bikes shaking themselves to death on the back of TT's and 5'ers while driving down the road, that I would never put a bike on the back of mine. My 5'er came with a bike rack and has a 1.5" receiver hitch on it from the factory. I have never used this hitch and won't and I even sold the bike rack without ever opening the box.

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Old 11-09-2013, 07:13 AM   #7
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Any experience with rear bumper bike rack/hitch

I have traveled a few years and have hauled bikes but I have always went to a weld shop that works with rv dealerships and knows the stress put on them from the action of the trailer. Most receiver bike racks will say on them not for trailers just because of the stress from the up and down action. I also double tow a Polaris RZR out west every year and it was breaking 2" straps that hold the RZR to the trailer. I now use tire bonnets and not a problem 2,500 miles each way. Most people don't see what's going on back their only people behind them . I have a camera that I can see. My suggestion is if you are going any distance have a good hitch welded to the frame by a professional that knows rvs
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Old 11-09-2013, 08:45 AM   #8
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I have that exact rack and use it in a frame welded 2" receiver on the back of my jayco. That specific rack is designed for the abuse the back of the trailer dishes out and the anti wobble pin works really well. I would never consider using the included bumper mount though, that's asking for trouble in my opinion.
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You might want to consider this type.....

http://www.amazon.com/Swagman-2-Bike...im_sbs_auto_10

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I have considered this type because....

- it eliminates bounce and sway as noted on conventional receiver type cantilevered racks
- it can double as a platform to carry my empty waste water tank or wet outdoor mat (those times I get caught breaking camp in a storm)
- it distributes the weight to (4) points across the bumper (instead of focusing it to a single point like receiver type carriers)
- it is ultralight at less than 20#

The downside is they are less convenient to remove and work best with bikes of similar size.

Something to think about....whatever you consider....go lightweight
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Bike racks are a hot topic on this forum. I am not familiar with your 197’s construction. But most lightweight TTs do not have a bumper strong enough to support any kind of bike rack. I have a welded 2” receiver hitch on the back of my 23B. It is welded to the frame, and does not touch the bumper. I had an old school cheap bike rack I used for the last two years. It worked fine, but I noticed this summer that a gusset bracket had a little twist in it. So I bought the Swagman 4 bike platform (do not recall the model number), but it looks a lot like your two bike unit. I have only used it once, but it seemed rock solid, with three bikes on it.
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
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