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jplante4

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This goes on the tongue.


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My intention is to avoid any questionable setup, that's why I'm looking for help to find racks that are spec'ed to be used on a TT. My trailer has both shocks and a factory hitch which is approved for bike rack use. (welded to frame not just the bumper).

The bikes are hardtail mountain bikes @28lbs each.

Lynnmor wrote:

I see plenty of them here.


Thanks, Lots of "RV" racks there but unfortunately, after you use the filter to specify "Towable Camper" and "1-1/4" receiver", you are left with one choice, not a great one but an option nonetheless:
https://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Bike-Racks/Reese/63120.html

IAMICHABOD wrote:

You could use This XC2 Bike Rack It is RV approved. They also offer the XC It will fit the 1/14 receiver.

The XC2 is the one I use and it is very sturdy, to adapt it to the 1 1/4 you could use one of These


Thanks, The XC2 is clearly labeled for RV/Trailer use but the XC lacks that language [emoticon]

I'm hoping to avoid the use of an adapter.

jplante4 wrote:

This goes on the tongue.


Thanks. An interesting solution.

It seems the limiting factor is the 1-1/4" receiver and I may need to explore replacing it with a 2".


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jplante4 wrote:

This goes on the tongue.


This is best for ou and your bikes, there are several "A" frame bike racks for TT. I built a receiver tube for the pin box of our 5er and carry the bikes there, where I can see them and they ride smooth.


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The warning is due to a large number of the bumper receivers being so weak, and the bumper, the thin 4 inch square tube, being very weak. It is not the bike rack that is at risk, it is the trailer's hitch that could break off.

A 2 inch or 1 1/4 makes no difference, it is the receiver that is at risk. The bike rack from the two mentioned companies will not break from bouncing.

I carried two multi-thousand dollar bikes on a trailer hitch rack for thousands of miles with no issue. Though, this was on a twin axle with torsion springs, not leafs, so it rode smoother, but still got airborne a time or two.

My trailer's hitch was sturdy steel welded to the frame, not to the flimsy sewer tube though.

Ideally you would beef up the hitch to handle the load and stresses.

If there is any way to tie or strap the top of the bicycle (handlebars) to something on the trailer (like a spare tire or a hook on the wall) then this will greatly reduce the bikes from swaying and keep them from acting as a tall lever.

The name-brand bike-shop quality races are quite capable.

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I purchased the Yakima rack specifically for use on the back of a trailer. We have a 5th wheel and I know the back bounces a large amount. We have put up to 4 bikes on the rack and driven about 1000 miles on one trip with no issues other than the bikes rubbing. Pool Noodles are your friend.

The Yakima rack has a solid joint where normal bike racks fold to allow access to an SUV or Tailgate. The solid joint is why it works well. It does fit in a 2" receiver and has a locking nut so it doesn't bounce in the hitch. I have another rack that bounces in the hitch which would be bad on the back of the RV.

I would suggest upgrading your hitch to a 2" receiver and buying one of the units that are designed for RV's. I also looked at putting a hitch on the front of my truck and buying a rack for that hitch, but the RV hitch works fine and I haven't had any issues, the bikes are on the rack solid. I do tie them together with straps that come with the hitch.

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No one suggested a StrombergCarlson A frame hitch adapter..

Shoot, the pix doesn't want to be linked..

See HEREFor pix and details.

Mounts to the A frame and places a 2" hitch over top of your propane tanks.

Found PDF of assembly instructions..

HERE

Amazon link which has a pix showing the adapter..

HERE

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Gdetrailer wrote:

No one suggested a StrombergCarlson A frame hitch adapter..

Shoot, the pix doesn't want to be linked..

See HEREFor pix and details.

Mounts to the A frame and places a 2" hitch over top of your propane tanks.

Found PDF of assembly instructions..

HERE

Amazon link which has a pix showing the adapter..

HERE


If I had to carry my bikes on the trailer, this would be my #1 choice. Doesn't interfere with the tailgate or hatch door, like the Jack-it does. And the A-frame is built much stronger than the rear bumper.


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teejaywhy wrote:

My intention is to avoid any questionable setup, that's why I'm looking for help to find racks that are spec'ed to be used on a TT. My trailer has both shocks and a factory hitch which is approved for bike rack use. (welded to frame not just the bumper).

The bikes are hardtail mountain bikes @28lbs each.

Lynnmor wrote:

I see plenty of them here.


Thanks, Lots of "RV" racks there but unfortunately, after you use the filter to specify "Towable Camper" and "1-1/4" receiver", you are left with one choice, not a great one but an option nonetheless:
https://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Bike-Racks/Reese/63120.html

IAMICHABOD wrote:

You could use This XC2 Bike Rack It is RV approved. They also offer the XC It will fit the 1/14 receiver.

The XC2 is the one I use and it is very sturdy, to adapt it to the 1 1/4 you could use one of These


Thanks, The XC2 is clearly labeled for RV/Trailer use but the XC lacks that language [emoticon]

I'm hoping to avoid the use of an adapter.

jplante4 wrote:

This goes on the tongue.


Thanks. An interesting solution.

It seems the limiting factor is the 1-1/4" receiver and I may need to explore replacing it with a 2".


If you have a hitch integrated into the frame, you're fine. Problems arise when they try to bolt a bike rack on a square tube bumper which is about as strong as a beer can. If you have the true frame integrated hitch you can use any bike rack you want


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Thermoguy wrote:

I purchased the Yakima rack specifically for use on the back of a trailer. We have a 5th wheel and I know the back bounces a large amount. We have put up to 4 bikes on the rack and driven about 1000 miles on one trip with no issues other than the bikes rubbing. Pool Noodles are your friend.

The Yakima rack has a solid joint where normal bike racks fold to allow access to an SUV or Tailgate. The solid joint is why it works well. It does fit in a 2" receiver and has a locking nut so it doesn't bounce in the hitch. I have another rack that bounces in the hitch which would be bad on the back of the RV.

I would suggest upgrading your hitch to a 2" receiver and buying one of the units that are designed for RV's. I also looked at putting a hitch on the front of my truck and buying a rack for that hitch, but the RV hitch works fine and I haven't had any issues, the bikes are on the rack solid. I do tie them together with straps that come with the hitch.


We also have the Yakima rack. It works great. We don’t have expensive bikes. We have a 2” receiver on the back of our TT.

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