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Old 07-19-2015, 09:43 AM   #1
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Question Bumper bike rack advice

Probably the millionth time this has come up but, we just purchased Jay Flight 24FBS, our first TT. I would like to attach a Kurt type bumper reciever for a bike carrier and two bikes. I have read horror stories of bumpers being ripped off and dragging down the road. A buddy of mine has a different brand with identical looking bumper with a spare tire and aluminum carrier with a hundred pounds on it and swears it's safe. When I talked to the mega dealer I bought it from they said they absolutely Do Not Recomend it. Are they being overly cautious to avoid trouble? Need advice from you experienced campers and yes, I will accept full responsibility for the decision I make.
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Old 07-19-2015, 02:15 PM   #2
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Congrats on the new trailer!!!

As you have heard, it is not recommended because of the bumper having a very thin wall which can over time rip from the frame, allowing your bikes to drag as you drive down the e-way until someone stops you.

Best thing to do is look for a frame mounted receiver hitch (similar to your tow vehicle), or go visit a local weld shop and have them fab something up that is frame mounted which will allow you to use a hitch mounted bike rack.

Good luck!
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I had a custom hitch made by a local Jayco dealer on my '14 Jay Flight Swift a couple years ago. It cost me 500 dollars for parts and labour. It was bolted to the frame and sat under the rear bumper.

I had to bring it back twice for poor workmanship; not square, terrible paint, etc. Even after the "improvements" the metal tabs holding the hitch tube to the frame bent from just carrying 2 bikes. They did such a **** job on it and if I still had that trailer I would have taken it right off.

On this trailer, I am debating taking it to a welding shop and having the bumper itself reinforced so that I can safely use a bolt on receiver. The only other thing I would consider is getting an actual trailer hitch assembly meant to fit a truck that will fit the trailer's frame, and have that installed.

I would never trust a dealership to make their own hitch ever again. Dealership work in general horrifies me.
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Old 07-19-2015, 06:46 PM   #4
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I am not familiar with your particular TT. Most of the bumpers are not strong enough. Personally, I would find a local welding shop and have them custom build a hitch assembly, and have it welded to the frame rails. They are professional, do this all the time, they know exactly what they are doing, and will do a good job. Most of the time they will be much cheaper than the RV dealer, and the quality will be top notch.
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Old 07-19-2015, 07:47 PM   #5
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Don't attach the bikes to the bumper. Its not going to end well for you. The best way to do this is to get a custom hitch mounted on the rear of your trailer frame. My 29QBS was ordered with a factory installed hitch so I can simply mount a bike rack to that.


The other option that I considered was a DIY bike stand inside the camper.


Measure a piece of 2x6 lumber short enough to fit in your hallway and mount a "fork mount" on it. http://www.amazon.com/Thule-821-Ride.../dp/B000QV3NWU This allows you to take off your front wheel and bolt your front forks to the mount, giving you a solid platform to store the bike inside your camper.
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Measure a piece of 2x6 lumber short enough to fit in your hallway and mount a "fork mount" on it. Amazon.com : Thule 821 Low Rider Bicycle Fork Mount : Bike Car Rack Accessories : Sports & Outdoors This allows you to take off your front wheel and bolt your front forks to the mount, giving you a solid platform to store the bike inside your camper.
I like this idea!
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Old 07-21-2015, 11:23 AM   #7
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Looks like the nays have it. I wasn't even thinking of the bumper thickness, only the strength of the weld's. Love the home made stand idea. Thanks all for the input.
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Sounds like you've decided against. I'll add another nail in the coffin for you, just in case you have any doubts. Most bike rack manufacturers specify that their racks are not intended to be mounted on the back of a trailer trailer. The only exception I know about for sure is Swagman.
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Measure a piece of 2x6 lumber short enough to fit in your hallway and mount a "fork mount" on it. [url=http://www.amazon.com/Thule-821-Rider-Bicycle-Mount/dp/B000QV3NWU
Amazon.com : Thule 821 Low Rider Bicycle Fork Mount : Bike Car Rack Accessories : Sports & Outdoors[/url] This allows you to take off your front wheel and bolt your front forks to the mount, giving you a solid platform to store the bike inside your camper.
Now that's a great idea!
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I called Jayco about it when we first got our 2005 Jayflight 25RKS. They told me that attaching anything other than the spare tire will void the warranty, should there be a failure.

They suggested welding a receiver hitch to the frame rails (BTW, I have seen two bikes attached to the roof ladder).
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