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Old 06-09-2011, 08:33 AM   #11
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I have gone through this with my old 5th wheel, lucky enough someone flagged me over as I almost lost my bikes. If you can put a front hitch on your vehicle. If, like someone mentioned, you are afraid about bugs, cover them with a sheet and you are good to go.
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Old 06-09-2011, 01:07 PM   #12
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I have gone through this with my old 5th wheel, lucky enough someone flagged me over as I almost lost my bikes. .
We put one of those bumper racks on our last tt (keep in mind, we didn't have a lot of advice to help us make an informed decision back then). We had to make sure the bike frame was bungeed close to the upright of the rack so the handle bar didn't hit the window. So, we were good to go.

By the time we sold the tt after traveling about 7k miles with the bikes on the rear bumper, the bumper was still not phased by the extra weight. However, one day while traveling we stopped and parked in the back area of a fast food place. When we were done, we did a walk-around of the van/tt. Didn't actually check to see if the bikes were still secure. Off we went down the interstate. Up comes a guy honking and pointing to the back of our tt. We stopped and one of the bikes was loose and the handlebar dragging on the road! Apparently, someone had removed the bungee's but the bike lock stopped them! We were realllly lucky that only the one handle grip was damaged.

Since then, although we didn't consider it at first, we ultimately realized that the bikes were actually too heavy for that tt bumper. Even more so, when we do our walk arounds after stopping, we reallllly check the integrity of what we banton down
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Old 06-09-2011, 05:47 PM   #13
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Thanks for the replies. the only way I would feel comfortable doing this would be to weld a receiver hitch directly to the frame like I said in my first post. I was more concerned with excessive bounce than anything. I guess a good bungeeing (is that a word???) would remedy that. I like the front hitch idea, but, I'm not crazy about how that might look. If anyone has pics of their front hitch with nothing in it, I would sure like to see it. Unfortunately, I am a car nut as well as an rv nut. BTW - I would never attach anything to that rear bumper heaver than a toothpick.
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Old 07-21-2011, 04:02 PM   #14
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Adding Bike Rack

I have a 2009 jay feather 226, I had a bike rack made out of 2" stock, it is bolted to the inner frame behind the black tank and also bolted to the underside of the bumper for added security...It works very well and carries weight very easy...Was measured and made by a Welding shop and cost around $200.00...
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Old 09-21-2011, 03:01 PM   #15
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I had the same type situation and just bought one of these off ebay (see picture in link below) and got the adapter kit for mounting it to the trailer bumper from my local trailer parts store. Now they hang on the back bumper next to the spare (that I moved over a couple feet) and travel very well - notice the clamps that hold the bikes on. Good Luck!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/4-Bicycle-Bi...item4842086b04
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Old 09-21-2011, 04:00 PM   #16
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I had the same type situation and just bought one of these off ebay (see picture in link below) and got the adapter kit for mounting it to the trailer bumper from my local trailer parts store. Now they hang on the back bumper next to the spare (that I moved over a couple feet) and travel very well - notice the clamps that hold the bikes on. Good Luck!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/4-Bicycle-Bi...item4842086b04
But you are doing what everyone says the issue is. You are hanging this off the thin metal squared bumper.

I've got one of those adapters, but I'm scared to use it on this camper. I used it on my Mom & Dad's camper a couple of times w/ 4 bikes. It worked OK then, but like I said only a couple of times. I then put it on our old camper, but it never got used - heck we only used the camper one weekend. Then I joined RV forums and everyone said not to do it. So now I haven't decided to go with a front hitch or a hitch on the camper. Advantages/dis to both. Kind of leaning toward fabbing something up with my buddy that is the plant manager a large fabricating shop.
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Old 09-21-2011, 06:50 PM   #17
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What about Roof racks???

I have roof racks for my f150, for carrying two kayaks. I could put a couple of bike carriers on the racks as well. Not an inexpensive way to go, but will keep your bikes (and trailer) safe.
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..and this is one of the disadvantages.........,



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That is why I was saying fab a hitch up for the camper vs. just using one of the adapters on the bumper. It is such a shame that can't (or shouldn't) be done, because it is so quick and easy.
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This looks like it would do the trick, slides on the hitch,
http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...ike-racks/8166
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