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Old 05-29-2013, 08:02 AM   #1
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new owner 2012 Jay Series 1007 - added a rear tow hitch!

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Already had a rear tow hitch installed on the 1007 for attaching and carrying my hitch mounted bike rack.

I choose this option as my same bike rack can then be used in both situations; when we are going camping and when you drop the camper at the site you can then move the bike rack to the car hitch.

If anyone is interested and/or curious, the tow hitch we used was a 2003 Honda Odyssey DrawTite. The hitch had a "few mods" in order for it to be mounted with grade 8 bolts through the camper frame. And the hitch receiver sits just below the bumper line for a nice tight clean look.

Once I get bikes loaded I'll add more pics.

Also.....I guess 'Jayco' doesn't ever think you'll lift your trailer up in the air and have a good look at what's underneath..... I found a lot of SLOPPY and SHABBY quality work. The diamond plate which is in front and rear had many many staples that were not even stapled correctly and some where half out, missed the plate completely. And holes through the camper floor for wires were not sealed good at all.
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Old 06-11-2013, 10:32 AM   #2
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As promised, here are a few more photos of the rear hitch I added onto our pop-up with our recumbent bikes loaded. The last photo is the rack moved from pop-up to the car after setting up camp and driving to the trailhead. It sure did work great this past weekend.
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Old 06-12-2013, 03:26 PM   #3
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Re: new owner 2012 Jay Series 1007 - added a rear tow hitch!

Looks great! Scary to see the camper up that high though, lol.
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:30 PM   #4
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Could you send some shot of the mounting area? I have a really nice swing arm Thule Bike Rack that we hook to our mini van. I would like to take our bikes along.We love our 1007 Jayco.

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Old 06-28-2013, 10:36 PM   #5
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I thank all campers should have hitches like that from the factory it will cost me $269 to $369 for a custom fab hitch for mine. I do like your recumbent bikes I hav a canondel recumbent.
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Old 07-01-2013, 06:57 AM   #6
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Flying lion,
I have read my manual on my 2013 jayco looking for bike rack options as I too wanted to load bikes. They don't recommend loading anything other than a tire because the weight of anything bouncing may stress the frame. let me know how things go after some use because I would like to mount some bikes.
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Old 01-21-2014, 04:50 PM   #7
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did you install hitch on to 1007 yourself? We have the same issue...new 5 bike carrier for hitch on van, want to use it on back of new 2014-1007. Do you recommend doing the same, now that you have had it for a summer?
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I'd like to add a cautionary note concerning center of gravity and trailer sway.

When you have the bikes on the back end of the pop-up, IT WILL reduce the weight on the ball AKA tongue weight. Any time you have an inadequate amount of tongue weight you are in danger of a significant to severe swaying of the trailer behind your tow vehicle. Generally you need at least 10% to 15% of the total trailer weight on the ball to ensure the trailer tracks straight & true.

So when you have the bikes on the back end, make sure you have your cargo and equipment loaded inside the camper with the heavier items loaded as far forward as you can get them.
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sorry gang, hadn't been around here in awhile..... I stopped in to find an answer to why my water heater won't start and saw all the posts here.

Most of your questions can be answered if you read my first post carefully. I took the camper to a professional hitch installer who installs DrawTite hitches. He was willing to work with me in finding a solution to the problem. I worked by his side during the fab work and install. We used a DrawTite 2003 Honda Odyssey tow hitch that he had laying around the shop......it was a near match to length and depth. The hitch was cut and diced in a few spots, welded in a few other spots for mounting tabs, then was mounted to the pop-up trailer frame using grade 8 bolts through the frame rails. Bolts were horizontal to the ground for superior strength through the hitch and frame. I'll see if I can get some new pics taken since there is quite the interest.

Only used the pop-up with bikes in tow 3x last year. All 3 times we carried a full tank of water, 20lb propane, and deep cycle battery as we were dry camping on each occasion. No problems with bike rack to date.
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I'd like to add a cautionary note concerning center of gravity and trailer sway.

When you have the bikes on the back end of the pop-up, IT WILL reduce the weight on the ball AKA tongue weight. Any time you have an inadequate amount of tongue weight you are in danger of a significant to severe swaying of the trailer behind your tow vehicle. Generally you need at least 10% to 15% of the total trailer weight on the ball to ensure the trailer tracks straight & true.

So when you have the bikes on the back end, make sure you have your cargo and equipment loaded inside the camper with the heavier items loaded as far forward as you can get them.

I need less tongue weight not more! The bike rack and our 2 bikes might be 55lbs-60lbs total and in the grand scheme of things doesn't make a difference.
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