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Old 04-03-2012, 07:15 AM   #1
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roof ladder bick rack on 26bh

Hi. We just purchased a 2012 26bh and I am looking for the best way to store bikes. I just purchased a roof ladder rack, but have not used it yet. Just looking for opinions. Has anyone else used the roof ladder rack before?

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Old 04-03-2012, 07:16 PM   #2
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To much weight. Don't do it.
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:52 PM   #3
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kjrcamping,

Welcome to the JOF forums!

I don't have one, but I do see them being used from time to time. The rear of the TT moves and bounces around a lot when in tow, so making sure the bike(s) can't move on the ladder rack is important.

The concern would be if there was movement of the bikes on the ladder rack while in tow it may eventually compromise the mounting screws of the ladder itself.

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My thoughts exactly Bob. You don't want a leak on the ladder mounts.
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Old 04-03-2012, 10:25 PM   #5
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We have a 26bh and struggled with hauling bikes too, I plan to have a receiver welded to frme for a bike rack, however right now we have been hauling them inside. We make sure to pad anywhere they rub and so far no issues. Bikes have traveled 3 trips this way.

When I bought my trailer, the tech doing the walk through with us said hauling bikes on the ladder was a bad idea. He said lawn chairs maybe, bikes no.
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:12 PM   #6
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I too have been looking for a solution. I put my nice road bike in the camper once and it was a real pain and I dinged it up. Jayco tells you not to add anything to the bumper other than the spare tire....I know folks that have done it, but not sure I would feel comfortable with them bouncing back there. Right now I just throw the kids bikes in the back of the pickup, but sure would love mine too! Keep us updated on what you find.
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I talked to a trailer welding and fabrication shop down here. The guy was not willing to weld anything to the back of my TT because of the potential fire hazard. He recommended the Curt hitch, which is what I went with. So far, I haven't seen any signs of stress on the bumper or where it's welded to the frame. I do tie the sucker down good though and I removed my spare tire from the bumper. Still, I'd like to reinforce the bumper just in case.

Here's the bumper hitch mount:

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Old 04-04-2012, 01:44 PM   #8
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You may want to chain the bumper to the trailer so you don't lose the whole thing when the welds break.
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You may want to chain the bumper to the trailer so you don't lose the whole thing when the welds break.
Mike:

Like Norty said, your bumper WILL fail.

Find someone another welder who knows what they are doing or get a bolt on receiver.

eTrailer sells a bolt to frame add on receiver. I posted a link in a previous thread.
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Russell,

Yeah, I don't like it. I need to do something... and that bolt on frame you posted looked like a good alternative if I can't find someone to weld something for me. Funny though... the guy I went to specializes in this work and one of our local trailer dealers recommended him. Go figure.
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