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Old 12-01-2015, 10:18 AM   #1
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bike rack for 26bh elite

Hello everyone i have a 2015 jay flight 26bh elite. I pull with a 5.3 liter 1/2 ton Silverado. I have read alot about rear bumper hitches. I know im not mounting directly to the bumper. I am either going to fab a custom receiver or buy a front A arm bike rack. I am worried about the bounce in the back and the extra tongue weight in the front. Opinions please! !!

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Old 12-01-2015, 11:25 AM   #2
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May I suggest you do a forum search on bike racks ... there are a number of threads (current and past) with outstanding guidance, pictures, and specifics.

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Old 12-01-2015, 11:43 AM   #3
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On my 2015 27DSRL I installed a Curt #13703 trailer hitch. It's a 2" receiver and gave me the option of bike racks or kayak carriers, etc. It very strong and stable.
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Old 12-01-2015, 11:53 AM   #4
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How many bikes? Have you considered carrying the bikes in the bed of your truck? Or what about in the trailer between you bed and the wall behind the couch?
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Old 12-01-2015, 01:34 PM   #5
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Have you weighed your truck and trailer at all? If not, consider weighing it when loaded up for a trip before going forward with the a-frame bike rack set up.

Weigh 3 times.
1: Truck and trailer ready to roll down the road. WD bars latched up.
2: Truck and trailer, but unlatch the wd bars. Place them in the bed.
3: Truck only. Leave WD hitch head in and bars in bed.

This will give you the loaded tw if your trailer, rear axle weight, and let you know how the wdh is adjusted. And let you know if your truck has enough payload available and the rear axle weight has enough "cushion" left for the a-frame rack.

Does your trailer have the tabs on the frame, at the rear just before the bumper? I added the factory Jayco receiver cargo hitch to our 32. I bought the hitch stabilizer u-bolt kit to eliminate the rack from bouncing as much. From what I understand it does pretty good going down the road. I have a thread in the Mods section that has pics of the hitch, and I believe the bike rack we have also. Also have pics in my signature link.

Some bike racks are not stout enough (rated) for the back of a tt.

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Old 12-01-2015, 03:12 PM   #6
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Dealer welded side plates to our frame to strengthen it, then welded on a 2" receiver hitch. Works great.
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Old 12-01-2015, 04:25 PM   #7
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Curt Adjustable Trailer Hitch Receiver - 18"-51" Wide - 2" Drop - Class III - 2" Curt Specialty Trailer Hitches C13701
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Old 12-01-2015, 05:20 PM   #8
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I had that same one added to my old SOB fiver. They welded it on each end to the frame and then welded the sliding adjustment. It never moved in 4 years of use.

I would be a little unsure of just bolting it on.

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