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Old 06-12-2015, 10:28 AM   #1
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Rear hitch receiver for bikes

Hey guys-
I'm wondering what you guys have paid for a rear hitch for a bike rack/tray?
I contacted my dealer and she gave a price of about $425 for labor plus parts. Seems a bit much for something that only supports cargo.

Also, if you have parts numbers for what hitch you used I'd appreciate it thanks.

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Old 06-12-2015, 11:03 AM   #2
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I am picking my Jayco RV up tomorrow. They had a bolt on receiver for the bumper that the tech told me will hold less than 300 lbs. on the bumper with no issues. Not rated for twoing but wil handle our two bikes easy
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Old 06-12-2015, 11:05 AM   #3
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I already have a bolt on hitch for 4 bikes. If I can find an inexpensive hitch mount though, I'd rather go that route. It'd give me option to put a large tray on that could hold more than just bikes.
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Old 06-12-2015, 11:55 AM   #4
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None of the bumpers really are made to support the weight and bouncing.

Our dealer quoted us about $500 for the hitch and installation, and decided it was to much and was going to have a welding shop do it. I got lucky and paid nothing as the dealer accidently welded one on to my HTT instead of the one in the bay next to it during dealer prep.

Personally, I would talk with a few of the welding shop in your area. They are much better welders than any RV dealership.
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Old 06-12-2015, 12:19 PM   #5
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Consider having a receiver attached to the FRONT of your tow vehicle.


Much less bouncing on the bikes!


And an interesting bonus when parking your rig: Drop the trailer near the camping spot, move the hitch to the front (without the trunnions), turn your tow around and PUSH the trailer backwards. It's almost magical when you put the steerable wheels in the middle of the rig!
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Old 06-12-2015, 12:36 PM   #6
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Consider having a receiver attached to the FRONT of your tow vehicle.


Much less bouncing on the bikes!


And an interesting bonus when parking your rig: Drop the trailer near the camping spot, move the hitch to the front (without the trunnions), turn your tow around and PUSH the trailer backwards. It's almost magical when you put the steerable wheels in the middle of the rig!
I did that for a few seasons. Bikes were in my field of vision enough to make driving stressful. Plus sometimes I had to remove the bikes and rack to be able to back into spots where the road was narrow and my front wouldn't clear trees or neighbors vehicles..
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I paid $300 at a custom hitch/welding shop. They fabricated and installed a frame to frame welded 2" hitch. Second one we have done, very happy with both. We carry 4 bikes or occasionally a cargo tray with gear.
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Old 06-12-2015, 01:29 PM   #8
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...Bikes were in my field of vision...
Good reason to move 'em aft.

Consider my suggestion withdrawn.
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Use one of these and find a local welder to mount it.
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Old 06-12-2015, 10:09 PM   #10
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I've been looking at one of these Multi-Fit Motorhome Trailer Hitch, they have a couple different models. If your wprried about it being secure after you install it you can always have it spot welded in a couple of spots. It's on our upgrade list.

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