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Old 07-26-2018, 09:12 AM   #1
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Anyone with experience using a bike rack mounted on the rear bumper of their trailer?

Watching one go down the highway they look like the mount is precarious and the rack is about to snap off at 70 mph. Do they really hold? It also scares me not being able to see them while driving.

We have the large usual square metal bumper at the rear of our trailer, and there are no other spots where we could possible mount a bike rack. All other locations don't work on our set up.

Any experience, good, bad, ugly.
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You are right. Lot's of stories about the weight of the bikes twisting the bumper and losing the bikes off the back of the trailer. It can be done, but it requires a hitch securely mounted or welded to the frame of the trailer. The square tube bumper on most trailers is not stout enough to hold the weight of bicycles.
Even with the hitch securely mounted the bikes will still flex and as you mentioned - you can't see them.
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You are right. Lot's of stories about the weight of the bikes twisting the bumper and losing the bikes off the back of the trailer. It can be done, but it requires a hitch securely mounted or welded to the frame of the trailer. The square tube bumper on most trailers is not stout enough to hold the weight of bicycles.
Even with the hitch securely mounted the bikes will still flex and as you mentioned - you can't see them.
Thanks. Kinda what I thought. Its just two bikes, but a real pain to load and unload them into the back of the pick up all the time, with all the other junk we have back there....

I've thought about the ones that mount over top of the propane tanks, but I'm pretty certain there isn't enough room, with the 30 lb tanks and the L-brackets for the Equalizer.....
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Any reason you can't put them inside the camper trailer?
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After thinking long and hard about how I would transport bikes I decides to use a rack that clamp onto the shank of the hitch. Works great.
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Any reason you can't put them inside the camper trailer?
Definitely no room inside. (I can barely fit in my grandson's little bike when he is with us.)
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After thinking long and hard about how I would transport bikes I decides to use a rack that clamp onto the shank of the hitch. Works great.
Unfortunately, because I have an Equalizer installed, there is no room on the shank for that one either. Even w/o it, I don't think there was room without hitting either the tail gate or the tongue jack motor.

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I have my bike rack mounted to my extra long drawbar. It is one of those swing-down models, so that I can open my tailgate.
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On a previous RV, I learned the hard way. Bikes lasted over 1000 miles, but on the last 5 home they ripped the bracket and dragged down the highway. Thankfully I was due a new bike anyway LOL. Talked to a trailer hitch repair guy and he said essentially you need a full blown hitch at the back of your RV (ie. if you were going to pull a boat behind it) to be able to use a hitch based bike rack. About $1,000 CDN to get done, probably much cheaper in the US.
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Do a Forum search. There are numerous postings and lots of wisdom regarding how best to secure bikes to the rear of the trailer. For us safety was important enough that we paid a certified welder to mount a cross-frame, class three 2" receiver to the back of our 2012 X189. In addition to bikes, I also used this hefty mount to carry firewood and a fire basin.
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