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Old 01-22-2014, 05:39 AM   #1
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Bike Racks

What are you guys doing out there for bike racks? Bikes are an essential item I feel for the campground. Over Christmas we were camping and I saw one I liked, bad thing is he built it himself. Give me some of your suggestions.
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Old 01-22-2014, 05:52 AM   #2
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http://www.etrailer.com/Bike-Rack
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Old 01-22-2014, 05:56 AM   #3
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2 or 4 bike rack ?
I like these - lifts the bikes up to give more ground clearance:
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...n+xc+bike+rack
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Four bikes 2 adults and two children. But the odd thing is these kids keep growing.
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Old 01-22-2014, 06:32 AM   #5
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I have a Swagman 4 bike rack that goes into the trailer hitch. What I don't like is all the movement. It bounces around too much.
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I have a Swagman 4 bike rack that goes into the trailer hitch. What I don't like is all the movement. It bounces around too much.
Here is my fix...screw eye bolts into the corner of rv in area where rubber trim . use racket strap to minimize movement ...travelled 13000km this summer and worked great.

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I have a Swagman 4 bike rack that goes into the trailer hitch. What I don't like is all the movement. It bounces around too much.
We have the same hitch (for 2 bikes) and the same problem. Plus, we have to use an extender to get the hitch past the spare tire, so that exaggerates the movement too. I use lots of bungies on it to try to stabilize.
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Old 01-22-2014, 08:16 AM   #8
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I'm such a whimp. I don't know if I would want to put the eye hooks in the trailer. That definitely would fix the problem.
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Old 01-22-2014, 08:54 AM   #9
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a few things for 'shimmy'...
1) tighten all connections - DOOH !
2) bungie to the roof ladder/spare tire/bumper just enough to dampen movement
3) insert 'fillers' in your hitch to tighten the connection there...
low tech - electrical tape wrapped around the insert
mid tech - an Ace hardware square u bolt $4.99 or
high tech-

I always wondered why (in the video) they put it that way so the u bolt is SUPPORTING all the trailer pin weight, why not flip it over and push the bar DOWN - stops the rattle and lets the hitch support the weight, not the little u bolt !!!
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Old 01-22-2014, 10:18 AM   #10
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I use an Arvika Bike rack.
Looks like this: http://www.racksforcars.com/15152/Ar...Inch-Receiver/

It bolts onto the front A-frame, and gives me a 2" receiver to fit any bike rack into.
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Old 01-22-2014, 05:52 PM   #11
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We have folding bikes throw them in the pick up truck bed.
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I am with Bert....I would wimp out on that idea as well.
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I am with Bert....I would wimp out on that idea as well.
Unless your warranty is up, it would be something to worry about. Just think, any little thing would be blamed on those holes in the rubber seal. JMHO because my unit had a 2 year warranty.
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Old 01-22-2014, 06:37 PM   #14
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we just throw them in the truck bed.
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:25 PM   #15
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I would really like to put a bike rack on the back bumper. Seems that most have thought that was a bad idea as the "back bumper was not substantial enough" for this? Or could possibly void some kind of warranty?

I would like to have them out of the back of the truck!
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Old 01-22-2014, 11:34 PM   #16
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I have not done it but then again, early on I saw pics posted by a member on another forum I'm on. It was of the catastrophe that ensued when the bumper failed and his bikes ended up all over the highway. I have also seen bikes bouncing all over the place on the back of a rig going down the highway.

I believe any kind of hitch welded or bolted to your frame will void your warranty. The bumper mount rack I think only affects warrAnty if you are over listed weight limits. I would double check with crossroads on thus though.

When we had our armada, we had a strap on trunk mount bike rack that worked well although they aren't really good for a truck bed. I have also seen hitch receivers mounted to the front of the truck that you can plug a bike rack into.
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When we had our armada, we had a strap on trunk mount bike rack that worked well although they aren't really good for a truck bed. I have also seen hitch receivers mounted to the front of the truck that you can plug a bike rack into.
I have seen in the past where someone had a bike rack on the front bumper. I don't want to install a frame hitch on the front just to carry bikes. Know of any bumper racks that would work on the front bumper?
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Old 01-23-2014, 09:17 PM   #18
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I saw a Cruiser with a dang 3 wheel motor cycle hanging off the rear bumper rack with a small wheel under the rack
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What about spare tire bike racks? Is that spare strong enough to hold 2 bikes?
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Old 06-02-2015, 04:37 AM   #20
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I put a Swagman platform style bike rack on my back bumper and it works perfectly. With platform style racks you don't have to use tie downs to the camper to keep them from banging around. A clamp on the Swagman comes down against the frame of the bike and makes them rock solid. Love this style rack!!

I purchased a mounting receiver that bolts to the rear bumper and the rack just plugs into it. Very quick to install/remove the rack. My 5th wheel is a 2006 and the bumper holds the weight without question.
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