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Old 06-06-2011, 08:28 PM   #1
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Bike Rack...Need Some Opinions.

So, I want a way to carry the families bikes on our travels. Right now we have 2 16" kids bikes and 2 26 " mountain bikes. My thoughts were to have a receiver hitch welded to my tt frame and use a bike rack that plugs into it. Easy, right? Now, my concerns.....Since a tt has no suspension, I am concerned about excessive bouncing causing the bikes to work themselves free. Is this a valid concern? Any thoughts or advice on this would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-07-2011, 11:36 AM   #2
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I did see a post by someone on the forum recently that welded a receiver to the frame of the TT. We had also read on here that Jayco did not recommend doing that. WE made a rack and carry bikes inside the camper. We are also in the process of adding a front receiver on the front of our vehicle and will carry two bikes there,
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Old 06-07-2011, 07:06 PM   #3
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bike rack-bumper

I had a bolt on hitch for a 2" receiver. Stopped for eats one day and the 4 X 4 bumper was peeled open, and the 2 bikes almost parallel to the street. Now I just shove the bikes in the TT and cushion with a tarp and blanket. I also am planning to look into fron mount hitch for the Tow Vehicle
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Old 06-07-2011, 07:26 PM   #4
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I tried the bumper mounted bikes on my last TT and like just about everyone else not good results. We ended up putting the bikes in the camper. When we got the pickup truck, the bikes went in the truck. Now with the 5th wheel, they're in the camper again.
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:15 PM   #5
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Our dealer welded a 2" receiver to our TT, they added some reinforcement for it as well, they told us #500 max weight. I actually haven't tried putting the bikes on the rack and towing it yet, our thought was to use one of those 2' x 5' trays on it. With the tray we could tie bikes on, and whatever else isn't fun to put in the TT or truck (generator). Since the generator weighs about #100 it is tough to get it into either TV or TT.
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Old 06-07-2011, 10:15 PM   #6
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So, I want a way to carry the families bikes on our travels. Right now we have 2 16" kids bikes and 2 26 " mountain bikes. My thoughts were to have a receiver hitch welded to my tt frame and use a bike rack that plugs into it. Easy, right? Now, my concerns.....Since a tt has no suspension, I am concerned about excessive bouncing causing the bikes to work themselves free. Is this a valid concern? Any thoughts or advice on this would be greatly appreciated.
You can get a front mounted receiver from Curt Mfg for about $145 and then I would check craigslist for a used Thule or Yakima hitch mounted rack, there's plenty of them around for sale. Only drawback is the bikes become bug catchers
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Old 06-08-2011, 07:30 AM   #7
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If you weld or bolt any thing to the rear bumper you should " box it" and also tie what ever your connecting to it to the cross member just behind the bumper. Those bumpers are so week they barly hold up the plastic end pieces.I believe the mod that was posted about the reciever that was installed did just that, in fact it looked like the reciever was built long enough to do just that.
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Old 06-08-2011, 10:39 PM   #8
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Did they change the rear bumpers in the later models? I have a 2011 26BH and the rear bumper seems really solid. It's welded on and attached to the frame.
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Did they change the rear bumpers in the later models? I have a 2011 26BH and the rear bumper seems really solid. It's welded on and attached to the frame.
The metal in the bumper is still quite thin.. it will work for a while but you will see at some point that it will fatigue the bumper and the side the receiver is welded to will start to delaminate...
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Mine is a 2010 19H and like I said it has a tough time holding the plastic end trim.
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