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IAMICHABOD wrote:

All very good info,I also have a Swagman RV Approved, a very well made bike rack. Not to hi-jack the thread but as a side note that may be helpful.

They bounce a lot and if the rack is not tight in the receiver that added movement only amplifies that bounce.Stressing not only the mounting point but also the bike rack.

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. I have a whole tool box full of them.

Until I found the one at Hitch Rider. This will keep everything tight.

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


My Swagman has a threaded bolt for the receiver that keeps it tight. I thought all Swagman's did.


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My Swagman has a threaded bolt for the receiver that keeps it tight. I thought all Swagman's did.


My Swagman has a Threaded Bolt,but no matter how tight you can get it there is still some movement in the receiver,the Hitch Rider eliminates all movement.


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IAMICHABOD wrote:

way2roll wrote:


My Swagman has a threaded bolt for the receiver that keeps it tight. I thought all Swagman's did.


My Swagman has a Threaded Bolt,but no matter how tight you can get it there is still some movement in the receiver,the Hitch Rider eliminates all movement.


Interesting. Never had that issue. Mine is rock solid.

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We bought one of these.
The Swagman I wanted wasn't available, and this one was. It turns out we are very happy with it. Our ebikes or the rack do not move when everything is tightened down.

I am not as happy with the cover we bought, but it works.


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Not sure what kind of carrier but to avoid the bouncing it would be subject to on the back of trailer I would look at making a mount for the pin box, haul on the front of trailer.


Definitely attaching to the pin box makes a lot of sense. Only downside is if you aren't tall, you may need to stand in the truck bed to hand them down but otherwise absolutely solid place to attach the rack and negligible bouncing compared to the rear bumper.


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JRscooby wrote:

Not sure what kind of carrier but to avoid the bouncing it would be subject to on the back of trailer I would look at making a mount for the pin box, haul on the front of trailer.


Definitely attaching to the pin box makes a lot of sense. Only downside is if you aren't tall, you may need to stand in the truck bed to hand them down but otherwise absolutely solid place to attach the rack and negligible bouncing compared to the rear bumper.


You tall enough to load/unload from the truck bed? Pull out but stop where can stand on tailgate to move bikes to bed of truck. Pull out to get room, put them on the ground.
Now while you are thinking that is PITA, mounted on the rear it is easier for somebody else to unload them.

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On top of making sure it doesn’t bounce (even ones made for trailer use) get a rear view camera to watch the bikes!


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valhalla360 wrote:

JRscooby wrote:

Not sure what kind of carrier but to avoid the bouncing it would be subject to on the back of trailer I would look at making a mount for the pin box, haul on the front of trailer.


Definitely attaching to the pin box makes a lot of sense. Only downside is if you aren't tall, you may need to stand in the truck bed to hand them down but otherwise absolutely solid place to attach the rack and negligible bouncing compared to the rear bumper.


You tall enough to load/unload from the truck bed? Pull out but stop where can stand on tailgate to move bikes to bed of truck. Pull out to get room, put them on the ground.
Now while you are thinking that is PITA, mounted on the rear it is easier for somebody else to unload them.


Assuming there isn't a big slope to the site, I could reach them from the ground but yeah, some people won't be tall enough.

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Grit dog wrote:

JRscooby wrote:

Not sure what kind of carrier but to avoid the bouncing it would be subject to on the back of trailer I would look at making a mount for the pin box, haul on the front of trailer.
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Mmmkay….


Well there are many of us who carry our bikers on the pin box! I got it all cut and took to a wielder and had it wielded. Our bikes are lite and easy to lift to the rack, you can also first put in the bed of the truck, then into the rack.
Now I can watch my bikes ride smoothly down the road.

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rhagfo wrote:

Grit dog wrote:

JRscooby wrote:

Not sure what kind of carrier but to avoid the bouncing it would be subject to on the back of trailer I would look at making a mount for the pin box, haul on the front of trailer.
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Mmmkay….


Well there are many of us who carry our bikers on the pin box! I got it all cut and took to a wielder and had it wielded. Our bikes are lite and easy to lift to the rack, you can also first put in the bed of the truck, then into the rack.
Now I can watch my bikes ride smoothly down the road.

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Not sure about you guys but the front of my FW is coated with bugs and road debris. I certainly don't want my expensive bikes exposed to that. To each his own. But but my Swagman has served me well for 10 years. On the back of 2 MH's and more recently the FW. I will say though that recently I installed fork mounts in my bins and they go in there now. Feel much better with $10k worth of bikes out of sight and out of the elements tucked away in the basement.

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