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Old 10-10-2018, 07:17 PM   #1
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Hauling Bikes

I had a question for the group. I’ve done a lot of searching for a way to haul 4 bikes on our trailer.

My initial gut thought is to purchase a bolt on bumper hitch receiver for the rear bumper and use my existing 2” hitch bike rack. I don’t know that I’ll have clearance though with the spare.

So my second idea is to do the same thing as above but use an extension in the hitch receiver to move the bike rack away from the trailer an additional 12”, giving me clearance for the spare tire.

My fear with that is I’ll be creating a lever type action and multiplying the twisting force on the bumper from the weight of the bikes and bouncing. How strong is the rear bumper?

I’m open to other ideas so I welcome any and all feedback.
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Old 10-10-2018, 07:49 PM   #2
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Definitely don't mount a hitch, rack and 4 bikes to the bumper. You need to mount the receiver to the frame. You may be able to find a generic "fits all" receiver that you can fab up to the frame or you'll have to talk to a dealer or truck/trailer shop.

Spare clearance might still be an issue, but an extension and some tie straps ought to mitigate that. Maybe the spare can go in the TV or in the trailer?
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Old 10-10-2018, 07:52 PM   #3
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If I were to put the spare in the trailer, would you still not recommend mounting the hitch receiver to the bumper?
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Old 10-10-2018, 07:57 PM   #4
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I wouldn't. You're right the the lever action and going over bumps will put too much strain on it.
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Old 10-10-2018, 08:07 PM   #5
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Hopefully you'll hear pros and cons from someone who has 'been there done that.'

Rear bumpers are not very strong and most bicycles on racks at the rear of a TT do lots of bouncing and twisting, multiplying the forces on the bike rack and the bumper. And, IIRC, many (most?) bicycle rack companies say not to use their product on the rear of RVs.

Hope you find out what you need to know.
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Old 10-10-2018, 09:00 PM   #6
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Mount a bike rack over the bed of the truck? Nice and solid, doesn’t increase your length or change your tongue weight.
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Old 10-10-2018, 10:14 PM   #7
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Watch this video. Notice how much those bikes bounce. Are you sure you want this on your bumper? Not me.
I have a receiver bolted to my frame.

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Old 10-10-2018, 10:20 PM   #8
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I've seen more severe bicycle rack bouncing, but have no video to back it up.
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Old 10-10-2018, 10:23 PM   #9
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TT bumpers are not designed for weight or torque loads. It may or may not last a few trips BUT when it fails and injures or kills somebody you alone will be facing that jury.

Since this is a Jayco forum I assume you have a Jayco. If so crawl underneath the rear and look at the frame. If you have two tabs on each frame then your trailer is designed to have a factory Jayco rear receiver hitch attached. Unfortunately Jayco and most dealers will hide this from you.....
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Old 10-11-2018, 06:33 AM   #10
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One thought is to carry them inside the trailer. Mount fork mounts to 2x4s and make your own inside bike carriers.

What are you towing with? If it's a PU, can you haul them in the truck bed? Here's how we carry our bikes.

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