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Tulsa_Trailer_Family

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I think you should avoid using the 4" bumper as other posters have said. The stresses are much too high for most of these bumpers. Carry a sewer hose in it and stop there.

Our trailer did not have the 4" bumper or a spare tire in back. We did have a pretty hefty I-beam frame, so I worked with a local welder to fabricate a 2" receiver hitch for the back of trailer. Now, I can use the bike racks made for 2" receivers and then move same to our tow vehicle once we get to camp. By using a "hitch vise" on the 2" receiver, I keep the bike rack from wagging around back there.

On our Spring Break trip to Orlando, we used a "hang-down" style bike rack. I just purchased a "Raxter" rack. It is much better as it supports the bikes entirely from the tires only and can adapt to all sizes of bikes.


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I only carry one bike and I carry it on the front of the trailer between the propane tanks and the battery. I bolted a Yakima bike wheel trough across the A frame. while I do have to take the left pedal off so it won't hit the tanks, it fits really well. Then I bolted the hinged section of a long hasp to the tank hold down and attached it to a custom bracket on the bike with a wingnut. It worked without any mods on our Rainier, but I had to move the propane tanks ahead about 3 inches to make it work on the old Wilderness. this keeps the bike where I can see it and doesn't put stress on the back bumper. (I also take the seat off, its a Trek so its made to take apart easily)


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The only thing I see wrong with a front mount is they will be covered in dead bugs. Not a biggie to some but a consideration none the less.


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If you use a truck to pull the trailer you might want to add a front receiver and put a bike rack on the front here is mine on my class c Front hitch


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Posted: 06/01/12 10:11am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Most trailer makers DON'T recommend using their bumpers for bike racks.

Most rack makers don't recommend using their hitches on the rear of RV's.

Those flat racks clearly say in the fine print "for CONTINUOUS weld bumers ONLY", most on the market are spot welded.

Do more research. If not, tell when/where you're travelling, my kids need new bikes and I will be able to pick your's up off the highway in no time.


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I seen someone else had the front hitch on their vehicle when we were coming back Memorial Day. The idea crossed my mind, by being I am hoping to get a newer truck in the next year or 2, I didn't put much thought into that option.

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There might be options, but there are not many good options for hauling bikes on the back of the trailer…

The first thing you need to know is,

how much weight your bumper is rated for…
you need to know how much weight the frame rails will support off the back of the trailer…
How close to maximum load your trailer is…
How close to maximum load are your tires…
How much reduced tongue weight can you afford…

After you know that you need to decide how much you are willing to spend… cheap bike rakes won’t hold up very well…

You can’t make a informed decision and no one can recommend no matter how well intended what you can do because we don’t have enough information to make a recommendation… if your trailer is new or still under warranty you will want to ask what welding anything to the frame does to the warranty…

A lot of people haul bikes on the back of their trailers, and a lot of those shouldn’t be doing it…


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Even with a hitch welded to the frame you still need to support the bikes so they don`t bounce up and down and tear the metal on the frame/hitch or rack. I use a bolt on reciever that wraps around the bumper. her is what I did!







I put 2 stainless eye bolts through the bunk and wall studs to support the weight of the bikes. I use 2 ratcheting straps criss/crossed to keep the bikes from bouncing up and down and side-side. it`s not in the last picture but I put a setbolt through the top of the reciever to take the play out of the bike rack. I also run a ratchet strap under the bumper and over the bike rack toungue to minimize any play in the hitch. I have 4 bikes with this setup and have no failures and no issues. I have a rear view camera that I can watch the bikes with while I also watch the road behind me. they do not move at all! I have well over 3k miles with this setup and would not hesitate to keep doing it! it can be done if done properly!


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JT19 wrote:

I did a search, but reading through some of the other topics, I wasn't really findinig a lot of what I was looking for.

I have a TT, and I wanted to know of a good bike rack that would mount to the rear bumper. Also keeping in mind, the spare tire is back there.

I would currently be putting 2 adult bikes and 1 kids bike on it. But I know soon I will be adding kid bike #2 (right now lil mans easily fits in the camper)

Our old camper had the lay flat racks? I guess you could call it, but it added like another 4ft to the camper it felt. I was hoping to stay away from that if possible.

Is my best option to weld a small hitch back there, or is there something that will U-Bolt to the bumper that is trustworthy and sturdy?

Thanks for the help all!


Build a hitch for the front like I did, and put a good bike rack in it..


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I picked up my 2013 Jayco White Hawk 28DSBH last week. I did not want to risk mounting a reciever on the bumper so I had them add a custom made 2" receiver to the back of the trailer. The weld shop used 2"X4" square stock and welded it to the frame. The cost was only $350. This will easily hold my bike rack and 4 26" bikes.





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