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Old 01-07-2012, 01:07 PM   #1
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Rear Receiver on 26BH or similar TT

I am seeing mixed opinions on installing a receiver on the rear frame of my TT. We have a 26BH and would like to use our Yakima receiver mounted bike rack. I understand the effects of weight, load distribution and tongue weight by adding rear weight to a TT. We can overcome that with load distribution adjustments.

Has anyone installed a rear receiver on a 26bh, or model on a similar frame and length...25BHS RKS, 26BH RKS RLS, or 28BHS?

Thank you in advance for the advice/replies.
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Old 01-07-2012, 03:09 PM   #2
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Here is what I have on the back of my 26BH. I have a Swagman bike rack for 3 bikes and this setup has worked great. My wife and I have Marin bikes with aluminum frames so they are pretty light, but this setup does awesome.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...00_i00_details

I have 4 daughters and two are still on small bikes that we stowe just under the kitchen table. Then the two older girls bikes go next to the queen bed and the couch. We are able wedge them in there just right and they travel great.

Hope this helps!
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Old 01-07-2012, 07:42 PM   #3
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Here is what I have on the back of my 26BH. I have a Swagman bike rack for 3 bikes and this setup has worked great. My wife and I have Marin bikes with aluminum frames so they are pretty light, but this setup does awesome.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...00_i00_details

I have 4 daughters and two are still on small bikes that we stowe just under the kitchen table. Then the two older girls bikes go next to the queen bed and the couch. We are able wedge them in there just right and they travel great.

Hope this helps!
By chance can you post pics of how this is set up... looks like on your tt? We are looking for options to carry our bikes without having to put in the truck bed.
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Old 01-07-2012, 07:57 PM   #4
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A few years ago, we had a receiver hitch bracket bolted to our rear bumper and a bike rack attached to it. I forget the brand, but it was a major name non-junk brand of bike rack. We had two bikes attached to the rack. One day going down an interstate someone flagged us down; the rack had failed, and was dragging parts of the outside bike on the pavement. Thank goodness the bikes remained attached and did not cause an accident, though there was some damage to the outside bike.

The manufacturer said they did not warranty the rack when attached to the rear of a trailer; they said the movement at the rear of a trailer is much greater than the movement at the rear of a vehicle and is not a suitable place for their rack.
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Just make sure that the receiver is bolted or welded to the frame and not the bumper.
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Just make sure that the receiver is bolted or welded to the frame and not the bumper.
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Here is what I have on the back of my 26BH. I have a Swagman bike rack for 3 bikes and this setup has worked great. My wife and I have Marin bikes with aluminum frames so they are pretty light, but this setup does awesome.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...00_i00_details

I have 4 daughters and two are still on small bikes that we stowe just under the kitchen table. Then the two older girls bikes go next to the queen bed and the couch. We are able wedge them in there just right and they travel great.

Hope this helps!
We have this same bumper hitch and it's solid as a rock. The bike rack is an Allen 2-bike rack: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002UO3T1G/?tag=_c-20

After reading some of the horror stories of folks who had mounted grills, spares, bikes, etc., I wanted to be really careful. I removed the spare tire carrier and keep the spare inside under the sofa. So far, the bikes haven't moved around much at all and I periodically monitor them with my rear view camera. I do have a tendency to snug things up with tie-downs, so they don't bounce around a lot though either.

I also check the bumper welds for signs of stress and so far, they look just fine.
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My trailer is in storage right now with the cover on so I won't be able to get the pics with all the bikes on right away. It just snowed here in SLC.

The Curt product is very solid. My FIL bought a cheap bracket for his bumper and it was in a couple pieces and the bolts held it together. He used it once and returned it. This product is all one piece and very solid. I was skeptical of the price, but I would absolutely purchase it again.

I also have a solid rack that goes with this. I bought this rack when I had a tent trailer. You slide your draw mount through this rack and then tighten the bolts down to lock it in. I purchased a little longer draw mount and this worked great. Again solid rack.

http://www.amazon.com/Swagman-64600-..._sim_sbs_sg_11

So with products like the Curt hitch and the Swagman rack I have to tell you the other thing to consider... That is the weight of the bikes. My bikes are aluminum frames and pretty light. If you had some big beach cruisers you may not be able to do what I do. My FIL had two cruisers that he carried with his wimpy hitch and second hand rack... the two bikes weighed over 50lbs. His hitch may have worked, but the rack was garbage.

I personally would rather spend some extra money and sleep well at night.

I will try to get some pics up this week.
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Thank you all for the input. Of course we have 2 heavy schwinn beach cruisers that go most of time. Now I am leaning towards having a receiver welding to the frame. The heavier bikes are one thing but I am also thinking that it might be nice to be able use a hitch mount cargo carrier on those occasions we need extra ice chests and what not.

I have emailed Jayco to get their position on adding this receiver. I can't find any document in the jayco manual or associated OEM manuals say not to.
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Thank you all for the input. Of course we have 2 heavy schwinn beach cruisers that go most of time. Now I am leaning towards having a receiver welding to the frame. The heavier bikes are one thing but I am also thinking that it might be nice to be able use a hitch mount cargo carrier on those occasions we need extra ice chests and what not.

I have emailed Jayco to get their position on adding this receiver. I can't find any document in the jayco manual or associated OEM manuals say not to.
I doubt that they will reccomend it. Let us know what they have to say.
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