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Old 11-29-2015, 01:05 AM   #11
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We have used a front rack on the TV for our bikes. his is the 5th winter using it travelling about 10 000 miles per year. It has worked very well. One caution if you go with a front mount - use a rack that holds the bikes on the wheels such as the Swagman

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Old 11-29-2015, 07:52 AM   #12
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As long as your bumper is fully welded, this type of bike rack works great.


It mounts to the bumper in 4 locations, distributing the weight across most of the bumper, as opposed to one point, as do the typical hitch-mounted racks. We used the 2-bike version for about 4 years with the bumper showing no indications of wear. We upgraded to the 4-bike version for the last year, with the same results.

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Old 11-29-2015, 12:13 PM   #13
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I had a fabricator re-enforce the rear bumper when the receiver tube was mounted. He ran some small square tube from the receiver out to the frame. I also had a rack mounted under the RV to slide my aluminum ladder into. Next time I'll likely put the receiver on the front of the truck.
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Old 11-29-2015, 01:10 PM   #14
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A suggestion for those with bumper-mounted hitches - since you can't see what is going on as you are driving ... how about finding a rough road or bit of highway and have a friend follow with a camera to capture movement so you can confirm everything is secure and tied-down.

I ask only because not long ago we followed a TT with a bumper-mounted hitch holding 4 bikes (2 adult, 2 kid) after they pulled-out of the Camping World in San Martin and headed north on US-101. The right lane is VERY rough and the bouncing made it look like all the bikes would either scrape the road and/or be launched off the rack when hitting the next pothole. We were towing and it so concerned us that we passed as soon as we could - wished I videoed it first though!
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Old 11-30-2015, 05:00 AM   #15
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What I did...

It's true the tubular rear bumper is thin and only tack-welded on to 2 very short, light bars bolted to the main frame. But evidently it's heavy enough to hold up the factory-mounted spare tire and its rack, right? That tire and rack weighs as much as my two mountain bikes. I bought a Hide-A-Spare rack through Amazon and mounted my spare on it, under the trailer, just ahead of the axles. Are you getting the drift? I designed and built my own bike rack on the rear bumper without substantially increasing the load on it!
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Old 11-30-2015, 10:16 AM   #16
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Please be very careful hauling bikes outside. I saw a horrific mess this past summer when two bike fell off the back of a 5er traveling up i495 in Massachusetts.
People swerving all over the place and side swiping each other trying to avoid the airborne bikes that acted like ping pong balls bouncing all over the highway. I would say a minimum of 10 vehicles were involved with either the bikes directly, or someone smashing into them avoiding the bikes. It's a miracle that no one got injured or killed.
Scary stuff.

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