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Old 07-21-2015, 11:54 AM   #11
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My dealer installed a receiver on my rear bumper when I bought my 2015 32RLDS Elite, and said no more than 2 bikes. That said, the frame has extensions at the rear with hitch mounting holes already drilled in them. So I'm not sure what to think.

The bumper seems more substantial than others I have seen, but I'm still leery of destroying the bumper and/or my bicycles. And my spare tire mounts beneath my trailer, so I have on spare tire carrier back there. Maybe that's why the dealer did/said what they did.
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Old 07-21-2015, 12:26 PM   #12
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And as the plethora of posts found elsewhere on the JOF site - some of the bike carrier recommendations proposed by others include:

  • As noted above, set-up that fits into a specially bolted/welded TT hitch receiver [because the TT 'bounce' factor is considerable, not recommended to use the bumper or ladder]
  • Set-up that sits over the TT front tongue (but watch-out for propane tank and turning clearance)
  • Set-up that mounts on the front or roof of the TV
  • If the TV is a truck and is pulling a TT, mounting set-up in the truck bed OR just laying the bikes in the bed (consider a locking lid so your bikes and generators are safe)
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Old 07-21-2015, 01:25 PM   #13
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  • If the TV is a truck and is pulling a TT, mounting set-up in the truck bed OR just laying the bikes in the bed (consider a locking lid so your bikes and generators are safe)
I used to put the bikes in the trailer, but since we got the PU, they go in the bed. I made this rack from PVC pipe for less than $30. I have a hard locking Tonneau cover (which has to be removed for the bikes), but personally would not lay bikes down under it. At least not if you have anything better than Wal-Mart specials.

I'm actaully going to carry the bikes a different way here on out. I don't want to fully remove my Tonneau cover, just fold it up. So the bikes will go in sideways with the front wheels off and mounted on a locking fork mount. Note the price, no reason to spend $40 on a fork mount. Here's a non-locking alternative.

One thing I've noted is that none of this works for folks with low camper tops on their trucks, or who fill them up with other "stuff".
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Old 07-21-2015, 02:49 PM   #14
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Wow, lots of suggestions, I've only been a member for a week and already feel the love so to speak, so glad I found this site. Now, I have to ask, the locking fork mount, won't that need be bolted to the truck bed or if in the TT the 2x6 bolted or screwed to the floor? FYI, my dealer told me they would not weld anything to the frame as it would void the warranty. I'm beginning to wonder about them.
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Wow, lots of suggestions, I've only been a member for a week and already feel the love so to speak, so glad I found this site. Now, I have to ask, the locking fork mount, won't that need be bolted to the truck bed or if in the TT the 2x6 bolted or screwed to the floor? FYI, my dealer told me they would not weld anything to the frame as it would void the warranty. I'm beginning to wonder about them.
A hitch shop will.
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Old 07-21-2015, 02:55 PM   #16
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Wow, lots of suggestions, I've only been a member for a week and already feel the love so to speak, so glad I found this site. Now, I have to ask, the locking fork mount, won't that need be bolted to the truck bed or if in the TT the 2x6 bolted or screwed to the floor? FYI, my dealer told me they would not weld anything to the frame as it would void the warranty. I'm beginning to wonder about them.
I'm going to use a 2x4 fitted to the length of the bed. I'm not bolting it down. No need to. I also use a steel cable wrapped through the bikes, the handle of the case for my Automatic Chef, and my step ladder. It will take some work to remove our bikes from the bed.
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Old 07-21-2015, 03:05 PM   #17
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. Now, I have to ask, the locking fork mount, won't that need be bolted to the truck bed or if in the TT the 2x6 bolted or screwed to the floor?
I don't think so. The weight of the bikes should keep it down. I would recommend putting the bikes between the front and the wheels... not in the back where they are more susceptible to bouncing.
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Old 07-23-2015, 05:29 AM   #18
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I use the bolt on receive to the rear bumper and it's been fine. I limit the carrier to two bikes. Despite the nod from the dealer, I am planning to add a few extra welded plates to sure up the 4" square bumper. After that, I'll feel pretty secure.
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Can't remember where I came across it, but there is a c shaped bracket designed for our bumpers and frames. It attaches to the frame, and goes around the bottom of the bumper to reinforce it. Runs about $60-70 if I remember right.

I will try to find it later today, though may not be until the next day or so depending on how busy work is today! Lol

This may be an alternative to those who already have the bumper mount hitch to reinforce it. I would still suggest a frame mounted hitch to start w/ though.

Found it! Runs $50.
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Very interesting. Has anyone used that Safety Strut product? Comments?
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