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Old 10-12-2015, 07:38 PM   #1
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Dang Bike rack

Who else has the slide out bike rack on the back o there camper. Whoever designed it must have never put more then two bikes on it. First try to load the bike without hitting the camper , it is very difficult , lucky I take my time and it has not happen. Considering the bikes are metal and camper is fiberglass. Then the bikes hit and rub into each other so you have to put old blankets or something between them. Now you have to secure the dang bikes,that's always fun. Does anyone else who has this bike rack have any tips. Or how do you use the bike rack. It is driving me crazy almost wish I didn't get it.
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Old 10-12-2015, 09:15 PM   #2
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I hear you, I hated that factory installed cargo/bike tray. I found a solution...

1) I uninstalled the factory cargo/bike tray.
2) I promptly gave it away to the first person willing to trade me for a case of beer.
3). I took the TT to a custom hitch shop who welded a custom frame supported 2" receiver for ~$300
4) I now use any of the number of receiver mounted bike racks. I have both a 4 bike frame hanger and a 4 bike cargo tray type.

It's no surprise to me that Jayco did away with the cargo/bike rack option and now offer a 2" accessory receiver.
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Old 10-12-2015, 09:28 PM   #3
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Working on a 5 bike rack that mounts to the truck bed rails. Genset mounted on rack / receiver hitch on rear so don't carry them there. Didn't want them mounted on the front above the gas tanks as we can't carry enough there. Only option was on top of the bed rails where we could still utilize the truck bed.
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Old 10-13-2015, 02:20 PM   #4
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What's a good 4 bike rack for the 2" receiver? My camper has the pre installed receiver hitch and I need just the rack. I've done a lot of reading and a few look good. Suggestions? Thanks
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Old 10-13-2015, 02:30 PM   #5
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What's a good 4 bike rack for the 2" receiver? My camper has the pre installed receiver hitch and I need just the rack. I've done a lot of reading and a few look good. Suggestions? Thanks
Keep in mind that many bike rack manufacturers state in their documentation that they are not recommended for use on the backs of trailers. The one I know that does not say that is Swagman. My trailer doesn't support use of a bike rack on the back, but I do have a Swagman rack that I use on my truck's receiver. I've had it for close to 10 years and it's been sturdy and reliable.
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Keep in mind that many bike rack manufacturers state in their documentation that they are not recommended for use on the backs of trailers. The one I know that does not say that is Swagman. My trailer doesn't support use of a bike rack on the back, but I do have a Swagman rack that I use on my truck's receiver. I've had it for close to 10 years and it's been sturdy and reliable.
Thanks DocBrown....I'll make sure to look for that info as I keep looking.
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Old 10-13-2015, 06:56 PM   #7
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Not sure if I really wanna remove the bike rack. I do use it to carry other small items. Wonder if I could install a receiver with the rack on it. By the sounds of it here that may not even be a good idea to install the receiver.
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I had the same problem that most bike racks are not rated for the back of an RV. I saw my sister and her husband lose over $1000 worth of bikes when their generic bike rack broke and sent their bikes bouncing down the highway. I found one called the Dispatch 2 Bike Rack by Danik Industries. It is a little more expensive, but this thing is well made and will not break. It is made of 2" square steal. It can be used on the back of an RV or truck/car. Very nice design. I got mine at Camping World Dispatch Two-Bike Rack - Swagman 68684 - Bike Racks - Camping World

I also saw that in the Jayco owner's manual they limit the weight on the back bumper to 100lbs. That is not entirely true. I called Jayco and they told me if you have the welded bumper it can handle 800 to 900 lbs. They just put the generic 100lbs in the owner manual to keep it simple and to keep people from over loading the RV bumper and towing behind the camper.
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Geez. I got a welded bumper, but I wouldn't put 900 on the receiver hitch I have, much less that bumper. The hitch only has a 300 LB rating. Probably would hold more, but in my opinion is limited by the frame mounts and bolts. Pretty much why I came back and rewelded the frame mounts and added grade 8 bolts. Even still, I only have maybe 150 Lbs on the back. Maybe one of our previous rigs where I cut off the stock and built my own bumper I would have put that kind of weight.
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I agree, I thought that numbers was very high. I would never put that kind of weight on the back of the trailer. But the point was a welded bumper should be strong enough for a spare tire and bike rack.
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