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PatandMark wrote:

We had a 2" receiver welded to the frame at the back of our previous TT, and that worked great. The bikes didn't bounce like they do if the rack is mounted to the bumper. With our current TT we have the bike rack that mounts on the tongue, above the batteries. We really like that we can always see the bikes, and it's a breeze to put the bikes on the rack.
Which manufacturer do you have? Any issue with mounting as it relates to the space in and around the propane tanks. I have been looking for a long time and have not seen anything I felt comfortable with.

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Armalite, we have the Arvika, made in Canada (www.arvika.ca). Ours was an option with our Lance and was installed by our dealer. He didn't have any problem putting it on. It attaches to the frame and sits above the batteries and propane tanks. They're expensive, but we felt it was worth it to us. I saw somewhere not too long ago that someone had made their own. It might have been on this forum.


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PatandMark wrote:

Armalite, we have the Arvika, made in Canada (www.arvika.ca). Ours was an option with our Lance and was installed by our dealer. He didn't have any problem putting it on. It attaches to the frame and sits above the batteries and propane tanks. They're expensive, but we felt it was worth it to us. I saw somewhere not too long ago that someone had made their own. It might have been on this forum.


Just found the post on another forum - send me a PM and I can give you the info.

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I have had a bolt on spare tire rack since new '06, hasn't fallen off yet!! Took the trailer to a welding shop and asked about a bolt on bike rack for two bikes.
guy told me to not worry about it if bikes were less than 100 pounds combined.

We take bikes with bike rack bolted on, but carry spare in bed of pick up,, Just to be sure. Trips are less than 150 miles and have not lost a bike yet!!
Trailer is a Fleetwood pioneer, All welded connections from the factory.

Note: I have never stored stinky slinky in bumper FWIW!!

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x2 but the OP has decided wisely not to use the weak bumper.


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Not sure about your TV but I have a Tundra and for around $100 I got a Curt front receiver on my truck (very easy install). Curt Hitch


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canadiankid wrote:

Not sure about your TV but I have a Tundra and for around $100 I got a Curt front receiver on my truck (very easy install). Curt Hitch


Thanks for the link,, I still worry about my bikes, I will get a front hitch and put rest to my worry!!, We don't even put the sewer hose in the bumper!! I keep a bright orange streamer on the tires of the bikes so I can see they are still attached as we go down the road!!!

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I went back and read the 8 pages of posts associated with this photo. Very scary. Before we knew better and we were still considering hanging a bike rack off a hitch adapter, we were looking at what other's had on their bumpers at the campground. Bikes, grills, gennies, coolers, eletric wheelchairs, etc. Knowing what I know now about how these TT are slapped together, I don't even want to drive behind someone with stuff on the back bumper. I'm thinking it should be a law to prohibit people using the back bumper without a professional installation. Thank you all for helping make a very important decision. I am putting socks on my pedals and transporting them inside the TT!





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If you are handy with metal work, or have a lil'bro like me, here is the one I/we made.

An off-the-shelf bike rack for a 2-inch receiver hitch slides into a home made bracket and rest on another home made front bracket.

Notice the brackets are bolted on to the A frame.

Fabulous. Total cost, less than $150.



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