So to sum it up when you don't have the option of using a truck bed:
Mounting a hitch to the back of TT can cause frame fractures.
Mounting a rack over the propane tanks can cause a dent in the tailgate if you turn too hard and it's difficult to turn off the propane.
Mounting a hitch to the front of TV will drastically reduce airflow and can overheat the engine.
Mounting to the roof of TV is inconvenient and difficult but doesn't cause any major problems.
Stowing bikes in TT can cause interior damage, (I know this from experience).
Is that correct?
I think you are pretty much on with that comment. I am still thinking on this project as it could involve a good bit of money and I want to get it right. My truck is so tall I would never try to get bikes on off it. Also, I am trying to solve two issues at once. Carrying 2 kayaks AND two bicycles.
I like searfoss's pcv bike rack and its cost problem is I have a short bed with a tool box so would not work without removing the front wheels, although that may still work. going to be doing some measuring / thinking for a while.
If anyone with a short bed p/u and tool box is hauling kayaks and bikes I would be interested in knowing how, unless the bikes are on top the TV, on front of it, or on rear of TT. I know that eliminates quite a few possibilities.
For the record, I can turn as tight as I need to and access my tanks shut offs with the rack mounted and bikes installed.
The materials cost me about $65. I went to the local metal supply place and found cutoffs at a much reduced price.
The bike rack I used cost $350 when I bought it a few years ago. It is currently $395 on Amazon. Bike Rack
I went this route for two reasons. One, I had the time and skills to fabricate this, and two, I can use the rack in my truck or suburban by itself when I want.
Mine is way overbuilt, but IMO, a good thing. I also was under warranty at the time, so the "receiver frame" is not welded nor bolted to the frame. It uses plates that sandwich the trailer tongue itself.
Lastly, I bought a quality bike rack that will last for many years.
I built my own hitch for the front of the trailer and used a very good quality bike rack.
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sharp eyed readers will note that the suburban had 8 lug wheels .
1500 suburbans only came with 6 lug wheels .
so this conversion probably had a conversion to the 2500 front and rear axles .
the 2500 also had a considerably larger rear differential , very large rear Drum brakes in that year . I'm guessing that is about a 1995 to 1996 model .
in any event , nice conversion .
Usually correct, but not always...
You could get a 1500 diesel. It was a de-rated motor and came with the semi-floating 14bolt rear axle (8 lug).
The 2500's diesel and 454gas came with 8 lug and a 14 bolt full-floating rear axle.
The 2500 350gas came with the 8 lug 14 bolt semi-floating axle.
Here's an example of the 1500 diesel... (I had to really look, these are getting hard to find)
1500 Diesel Suburban
I made something similar to BossCamper's hitch..
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