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Old 10-29-2014, 07:45 AM   #31
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When using a bike rack on the rear of a trailer, there are at least two things that can go wrong: the attachment of the rack to the trailer, and failure of the rack itself.

My first fifth wheel was a Sunnybrook. I bought an receiver attachment that just clamped to the bumper. The rack was built for two bikes, and was a brand name (sorry, don't remember which). I put two bikes on the rack, and went on a trip. After several hundred miles, I was alerted by a motorist to a problem.

What I found was that the rack had broken and was dragging both bikes on the ground. The receiver attachment to the bumper and the bumper were still solid - just the rack failed. One of the bikes was severely damaged. The manufacturer of the rack said that standard bike racks are not recommended for use on the rear of a trailer, due to oscillations of the trailer when traveling.

This was all bad enough, but we were really lucky that the rack and bikes remained attached by cables I used to lock the bikes to the rack. If two bikes and the rack had fallen loose from the trailer and ended up on the roadway in front of highway traffic, well... it could have been bad.

As they say, YMMV.
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Old 10-29-2014, 09:02 PM   #32
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When using a bike rack on the rear of a trailer, there are at least two things that can go wrong: the attachment of the rack to the trailer, and failure of the rack itself.
Thats why I got a custom made hitch and a swagman bike rack. The swagman is RV approved.

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Thats why I got a custom made hitch and a swagman bike rack. The swagman is RV approved.

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Hey Tim- That looks like the ticket for me. Would appreciate the name and address of the dealer who installed that set up for you. Could you also post a few more pics, with possibly a few from the underside angles? It sure would be helpful if I need to have one fabricated here in New Mexico, USA. Thanks.
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Ok here are a few more pics.

First 2 are of the way the bar is built and clamped around the ibeam area.




The next ones are the build and attachment of the receiver.




Hope these help.

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