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Old 02-22-2014, 10:18 AM   #1
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Bike rack/cargo tray?

My trailer came with factory installed mounts for a rear slide-out under-mounted bike rack/cargo tray. It's pricey, and I won't be hauling bikes, but it seems like a good place to carry the gennie, tool box, blue boy, etc. Keeping in mind that my trailer has a rear kitchen, is this a good idea, or is the extra weight just going to make the back end go all squirrelly on me. I do have a good w/d hitch with friction-type sway control. Would appreciate hearing from anyone who has a rear kitchen trailer with one of these trays.
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Old 02-23-2014, 12:33 AM   #2
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Brownie,
I don't have a rear kitchen, but I do have the bike/cargo rack. I use it to haul 3 bikes. I like it and find it doesn't cause any handling issues. I think it is rated for 250lbs.
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Old 02-23-2014, 06:10 AM   #3
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Thanks, stratos! Anyone else have one?
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Old 02-23-2014, 06:29 AM   #4
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yes we have one and love it!! we haul our bikes on it and our patio rug and camping chairs. frees up the back of the truck for more firewood! it does hold around 250 lbs like stratos19 stated and is fairly sturdy. once I get my Honda trail 90 running that is going on the rack. let you know how that works but it only weighs around 200 lbs. it does lower the rear clearance of the trailer by a little but so far has not been a problem. its nice to be able to push it in when not needed also. congratulations on your new trailer, we had a very tough choice to make on either the 266rks or the 257rbs. we love our eagle.
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Old 02-23-2014, 10:16 AM   #5
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I looked into one and was quoted $600+. Does anyone have some pics of the bike rack construction? I would bet, I can build a better one for half of what the dealers are asking!
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The factory one's(slide out rack) are made by Lippert. They are available online store but are still expensive. They show a couple available. The read jacks are attached about where the slides are, so they may have to be moved or modified.http://store.lci1.com/bike-racks--receivers-c75.aspx
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Thank you Idaho! Very helpful!
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Thanks, everyone, for your input. IdahoDave, none of the ones on the Lippert page you reference look like the one I saw. Whistler, if you do a Google search for 2013 Jayco Eagle 266rks, you can find a couple of You Tube videos from Guaranty RV.com. The one with the guy in the red shirt shows a real good view of the bike rack about 1/2 way through. (That trailer also has my interior décor . . . if anybody cares.) It's a pretty hefty unit, and I really like that you can slide it under the trailer when not in use. If it doesn't seem to affect the handling, I may just have to save up some shekels, and spring for one in the fall before I start full-timing.

Thanks, again, for everyone's help.
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We use ours for carrying chairs, collapsible hammock, and a folding table. Frees up alot of space which would have been needed for these items.
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I'm curious; does Jayco beef up the rear bumper at all for these racks? Are they even attached to the bumper, or are they attached to the frame? We looked at a trailer with the rack option, but I can't remember how it was built. 250 lbs seems like a hefty request for the factory rear bumper...
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