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Posted: 01/26/21 03:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have a Class B+ and have recently purchased 2 ebikes along with a Kuat bike carrier. The carrier is made for ebikes & RVs. I think I need a 10" hitch riser to give visibility to my taillights & licenses plate. Is that an excessive rise for stability sake? I do plan on using a hitch stabilizer on the riser.
The carrier is rated for quite a bit more weight than the 2 bikes weigh, so I'm OK from that stand point.
If a riser of that height won't work, I'll have to devise something for the taillights & plate to be visible.
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Posted: 01/26/21 03:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A 10" riser might work. but I would worry about it amplifying the vibrations.

I went with a 1-Up-USA rack for my ebike which works great. One of the reasons I went with it over the Kuat (other than I thought it was far superior) was the ability to add a lighted license plate holder. Look under accessories to see what it looks like. Perhaps you can engineer something similar for your rack.

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Stability should not be a problem given the limited weight. See if you can borrow a riser and try it. It will move the carrier and bikes back about 6-8". Will there be any issue with license plate visibility?

I'd probably add LED lights to the carrier.


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years back I bought a riser of about that height to use on a roof top boat carrier and there was a warning that as I remember could only be used to lower, not raise, something that much. just add tail lights to the carrier you have.

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Hi garmp,

I would try the 10" riser and see how it goes. It seems like you'd be okay since you are not using the riser to tow a trailer.

You mentioned using one hitch stabilizer. I would use one on each of the two connections to minimize or eliminate the thrashing of your E-bikes.

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ron.dittmer wrote:

You mentioned using one hitch stabilizer. I would use one on each of the two connections to minimize or eliminate the thrashing of your E-bikes. Ron
X2 I use 2.

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ron.dittmer wrote:

You mentioned using one hitch stabilizer. I would use one on each of the two connections to minimize or eliminate the thrashing of your E-bikes. Ron


As for the bouncing that others have talked about to make it less pronounced You need a good anti rattle device so you don't get so much play in the receiver,thus magnifying the movement and doing any damage to the bike rack and Bikes

I have tried almost every Anti Rattle device on the market, most have been no good or so complicated and cumbersome that they are useless. Including the Roadmaster type, or blue ox totally useless.

Until I found the one at Hitch Rider.

Their Hitch Vice is the best and easiest one I have come across and it really works.


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What I have done to stabilize the bikes is just adding a couple of ratchet tie down straps. On my Carrier, the bike wheels sat in a carrier and I put the straps around the wheel and mounting cradle, the other end to the bumper bracket on the MH. On on each end of the bike and snugged down. Three point tie down made the bikes quite stable.
You don't need premium quality tie downs, think Harbor Freight (Princess Auto in Canada) or Walmart etc.

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Did you try the bikes on the rack of the rv yet ? Are you sure the taillights are blocked ? They usually shine thru the spokes.

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IAMICHABOD wrote:

ron.dittmer wrote:

You mentioned using one hitch stabilizer. I would use one on each of the two connections to minimize or eliminate the thrashing of your E-bikes. Ron


As for the bouncing that others have talked about to make it less pronounced You need a good anti rattle device so you don't get so much play in the receiver,thus magnifying the movement and doing any damage to the bike rack and Bikes

I have tried almost every Anti Rattle device on the market, most have been no good or so complicated and cumbersome that they are useless. Including the Roadmaster type, or blue ox totally useless.

Until I found the one at Hitch Rider.

Their Hitch Vice is the best and easiest one I have come across and it really works.
That surely looks to be very easy to install. I like that!

I was surprised to read that you felt the Roadmaster Quiet Hitch was not effective. I use a riser with a Quiet Hitch at each connection as shown below. Once they are on, there is "zero play" in the system.

I like your recommendation specifically for the quick on/off feature. I leave mine attached all trip long which helps make the Quiet Hitch work.
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