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Old 09-23-2015, 06:33 PM   #1
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Bike rack for Jayco Flight 24FSB

We are trying figure out the best option for a bike rack.Jayco Customer Services says do not use a bumper mount. Does anyone know about ladder mount bike racks or any other suggestions?
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Old 09-23-2015, 06:45 PM   #2
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Don't use a ladder mount either. I just went through this last month with our 24FBS as well. The bouncing around with the bikes hanging off the ladder will tear it up. Plus you will block the tail light.

My dealer is going to strengthen up the bumper and weld supports for us after we are done camping for the year then we will get a bolt on hitch for a bike rack. He stressed to me maximum 2 bikes only after he was done.
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We had a 2" receiver fabricated and welded "frame to frame" on my current and previous. Cost ~$300 and worth every penny. Frequently haul 4 bikes and occasionally a cargo tray with cooler and generator.
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A receiver hitch is the only way to go. And shop carefully for the bike rack - almost all racks specifically warn against being used on a trailer. Sometimes you have to read the fine print in the manual to find the exclusion. Because of the longer distance from the wheels than on a car, apparently they do not think their racks can withstand the up and down pounding. None of the big brands make one that is OK for RV use - Thule, Yakima, Hollywood, etc., etc.

Brinkman is the most common one that does make racks for RV's, and then only two of their models!
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A receiver hitch is the only way to go. And shop carefully for the bike rack - almost all racks specifically warn against being used on a trailer. Sometimes you have to read the fine print in the manual to find the exclusion. Because of the longer distance from the wheels than on a car, apparently they do not think their racks can withstand the up and down pounding. None of the big brands make one that is OK for RV use - Thule, Yakima, Hollywood, etc., etc.

Brinkman is the most common one that does make racks for RV's, and then only two of their models!
Great post -- I use a swagman rack that is approved for TT use.

None of the platform racks are approved for RV use, I had to compromise to a frame hanger.
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This is what I used on our 27 DSRL, Curt #13703. It's strong sturdy and works great.
CURT Manufacturing - CURT Adjustable RV Trailer Hitch #13703
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This is what I used on our 27 DSRL, Curt #13703. It's strong sturdy and works great.
CURT Manufacturing - CURT Adjustable RV Trailer Hitch #13703
Nice looking hitch but have you had it drag? The picture of it on eTrailer look like it hangs well below the stabilizer jacks.

That hitch is $250 shipped on Amazon.
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Yippeeee! All the varied threads here about hauling bikes make me so happy we went with the Columba 26" folding w/18-speed shifter (between $200-300/per bike depending on model ~ less than the mods we'd be paying) [note: smaller wheel bikes like 16" or 20" cost even less]. We just fold them up, put each in their carry/storage bag, and secure them next to the bed in the TT.
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OMG - I must have been thinking about grilling later today! Brinkman makes grills - It's SWAGMAN that makes TT bike racks!

BTW - you may still have some work to do after getting the hitch and the rack - on my 5th, the mounted rack was too close to the RV, and bike handlebars would hit the rear window. Had to also get a receiver extension, and then find ways to clamp everything together real tight, so there was no way for it to bang around.
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I just turn the handlebars 90 deg on the rearmost bike. I carry the proper size Allen wrench to do that. Takes a minute.
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