RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Bumper Mounted Bike Rack. Good idea or bad??

RV Blog

  |  

RV Sales

  |  

Campgrounds

  |  

RV Parks

  |  

RV Club

  |  

RV Buyers Guide

  |  

Roadside Assistance

  |  

Extended Service Plan

  |  

RV Travel Assistance

  |  

RV Credit Card

  |  

RV Loans

Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in General RVing Issues

Open Roads Forum  >  General RVing Issues

 > Bumper Mounted Bike Rack. Good idea or bad??

This Topic Is Closed  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 5  
Next
Sponsored By:
robos

michigan

New Member

Joined: 08/01/2005

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 01/19/11 01:33pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Since my spare tire on my Palomino Puma 25rks is mounted to the rear bumper I thought of taking it off and replacing it with a bike rack. However I hear horror stories of them falling off. Would really free up a lot of room in the bed of my truck. If the bumper is strong enough to hold a spare tire wouldn't the bumper be able to handle the weight of a bike rack and 2 bikes? Recommendations please!

mainetom

Maine, near Augusta

Senior Member

Joined: 11/26/2000

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 01/19/11 01:47pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

robos wrote:

....I thought of taking (the spare tire) off and replacing it with a bike rack...

That's what I did about 12 years and four TTs ago, without incident. Threw the spare in the bed of the truck. Tire must be close to combined weight of the two bikes.

ktmrfs

Portland, Oregon

Senior Member

Joined: 06/22/2005

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 01/19/11 01:48pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

depends on your bumper. IF it is welded all the way around to the crossmembers, hauling one or two bikes is probably ok. Wouldn't try it with 3 or 4. IF the bumper is only spotwelded or tack welded to the crossmembers I wouldn't haul anything. Taking the spare off makes it even better. you'll end up with about the same weight on the bumper, but further out so the moment arm increases some.


2011 Keystone Outback 295RE
2004 14' bikehauler with full living quarters
2015.5 Denali 4x4 CC/SB Duramax/Allison
2004.5 Silverado 4x4 CC/SB Duramax/Allison passed on to our Son!


TURBODOG1000

INDY

Senior Member

Joined: 03/15/2007

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 01/19/11 01:56pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The horror stories are true! Take your TT to a welder and have the rear bumper checked out and reinforced, then use a good bike rack that holds the bikes very tight, rear bumper bike racks take take a real shaking.

Good Luck!


2002 F350 PSD Crew Cab Long Bed DRW
2016 Highland Ridge RV, Mesa Ridge MR310BHS TT
Back-up camera on the TT with infrared & microphone
Prodigy
ScanGauge II
Reese duel cam hitch, U-bolt style ($40 at a garage sale)
2 canoes, 3 kayaks, & camping dog (Tootsie)

Bucky Badger

Madison, WI

Senior Member

Joined: 11/05/2007

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member


Posted: 01/19/11 01:58pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just to bolt a bike rack on...Bad idea, if you have a weak bumper.


2010 F150 5.4, 3.55, 4x4, Equli-z-er Hitch
2007 Forest River Salem 27RB LE
and
2009 Nomad 3980

C.B.

APPLETON WI USA

Senior Member

Joined: 12/15/2003

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 01/19/11 02:13pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This may help you.

First we reinforced the connection of bumper to frame top and bottom.
[image]


[image]


The reciever hitch came of a pickup going to the junk yard. Cut the ends off and welded angle iron tabs on. Had a local frame shop make up 4 u-bolts.
[image]

To keep rack from bouncing you'll see a nut welded to top of reciever tube. A bolt run down tight and jam nutted keeps the rack from bouncing inside of the reciever tube.
[image]

We've used it for two seasons now without any problems.



C.B.


CBVP2004~FORD~F350~CC~LARIAT~SRW~SB~4X4~6.0D~
AUTO~PULLRITE 16K SUPERGLIDE~DEMCO GLIDERIDE~
PRODIGY CONTROLLER~C-BETR MIRRORS~EMS-HW50C~

Butch/Barb=2013-Cedar Creek 36CKTS
Kris/Katy=2006-Cherokee 32B

sch911

Rochester Hills, MI

Senior Member

Joined: 04/13/2003

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member


Posted: 01/19/11 03:42pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bad idea. Install a rear receiver hitch to the TT frame. Then use the appropriate receiver style rack.


OEM Auto Engineer- Embedded Software Team
09 Holiday Rambler Endeavor 41SKQ Cummins ISL
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Toad


skipnchar

Topeka or somewhere else

Senior Member

Joined: 12/17/2003

View Profile



Posted: 01/19/11 04:17pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just something to consider. Your spare tire isn't sitting on the end of a lever several feet BEHIND the bumper. That leverage will easily put four or five times the actual weight of the bikes on the rear bumper, especially on a bumpy road. If you feel you MUST carry bikes on the back of the trailer at least have the rack welded to the frame and supported by the bumper. Just using the bumper is like rolling the dice. Good luck / Skip


2011 F-150 HD Ecoboost 3.5 V6. 2550 payload, 17,100 GCVWR -
2004 F-150 HD (Traded after 80,000 towing miles)
2007 Rockwood 8314SS 34' travel trailer

US Govt survey shows three out of four people make up 75% of the total population


Dakzuki

Carnation, Wa, USA

Senior Member

Joined: 11/01/2002

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 01/19/11 05:16pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I pull a utility trailer behind my C and clamp a hitch rack to the trailer tongue with U bolts.

I have seen other ingenious ideas for mounting bikes to the front of trailers...some above the LP tanks.

If you mount on the back I agree with putting a 2 inch receiver back there. Trailers move up and down at the rear a lot. I have seen lots of bikes in danger of coming off....a few spare tires too.

With a 2 inch receiver you can also plug in other things like a hitch mounted tray to carry bulky/dirty cargo.


2011 Itasca Navion 24J
2000 Chev Tracker Toad


john b

anywhere USA!

Senior Member

Joined: 11/07/2001

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 01/19/11 05:36pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

C.B. wrote:

This may help you.

First we reinforced the connection of bumper to frame top and bottom.
[image]


[image]


The reciever hitch came of a pickup going to the junk yard. Cut the ends off and welded angle iron tabs on. Had a local frame shop make up 4 u-bolts.
[image]

To keep rack from bouncing you'll see a nut welded to top of reciever tube. A bolt run down tight and jam nutted keeps the rack from bouncing inside of the reciever tube.
[image]

We've used it for two seasons now without any problems.



C.B.



Not at all impressed with this setup,added a bunch of dead weight and leveraged it so far behind the bumper with the weight. Much better application would have been to modify the receiver to fit the frame of the trailer.IMHO jb


2001 F 350 CC PSD 373 rear,auto
RBW X16 slider,Bedsaver,Prodigy,Fold A Cover,Pressure Pro!
2011 Crossroads Cruiser cf32mk Patriot edit. 5th wheel Fibreglass and all the goodies necessary,Dish,comfy loungers,and a nickel to spend,
Mr & Mrs and the PUP.

This Topic Is Closed  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 5  
Next

Open Roads Forum  >  General RVing Issues

 > Bumper Mounted Bike Rack. Good idea or bad??
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in General RVing Issues


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:




© 2022 CWI, Inc. © 2022 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved.