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Old 04-18-2010, 08:38 AM   #1
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We need to attach a old Saris Bike Rack and we did not trust the rear bumper to support a trailer hitch with two moutain bikes. So, we beefed it up without welding anything to the RV.









3.5" x 11.5" platesare bolted to rear bumper supports with # 5 hardware.Angle iron 2.5" x 1.5"is welded to the plates and runs parallel to bumper and even with the bottomfront corner.



The 3.5" x 11.5" plate bolted to the inside of rear bumper supports with #5 bolts and a spacer inside of the existing 2" x 4" channel keepsthem from squashing. Another length of 2.5" x 1.5" angle iron is bolted to the frame of the RV to support the rear of the hitch receiver tube.







<H2 id=c&#111;ntainerPhotoDei&#111;n>The 1.25" x 2" receiver hitch extension is u-bolted to the center of the 1.5" x 2.5" angle iron. The tube supports the existing bumper in two spots. The U-bolts are certified. The lock is a stainless steel Master Lock. </H2>

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<H2>Another view of the same.</H2>

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<H2>Two tabs are welded to the angle iron and extend beneath the bumper. They are bolted to the rear bumper with stainless steel carriage bolts. The hole was drilled small enough to capture the square of the bolt head and then drawn tight. The bolts do not interfere with the black water tube but drilling the holes with it in place does. </H2>

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<H2>A second length of 2.5" x 1.5 angle iron is bolted to the RV frame with #5 hardware. At the center of this iron a tab of angle iron is welded to capture the end of the receiver tube. </H2>

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<H2>A bolt is placed at the end of the receiver tube to stop any accidental travel to the rear.</H2>

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<H2>The hitch in the receiver with the Saris mounted. A stainlees steel bolt was added to the bike rack to further SECURE the Saris to the hitch.</H2>

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We also bolted the hitch to the receiver to further limit movement.





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Old 04-19-2010, 11:37 PM   #2
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I have no need for a bike rack but I have to comment on your oustanding craftsmanship, Excellent photos and excellent description. Nice job!
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Old 04-20-2010, 12:28 AM   #3
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I've seen a zillion posts on bike racks but yours is one of the best engineered yet! Particularly for a bolt on. From what I've read, the company building the frame would use anything to avoid a warranty claim but you have eliminated that issue without compromising strength of the rack. Very nice job.

By the way, I am carrying my bikes inside our 29RK. I replaced my dining room table with a folding one to accommodate moving it around and giving us more room. When traveling I fold it up and lay a board on the floor that has the front fork brackets for the bikes.

Keeps the bikes out of the weather and free from theft. Not a solution for everyone but sure works great for me.


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Thank You for your kind comments.

The DW has already made some comments about our table. Maybe afolding tablemodification is in the wind.

With highest regards.

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Old 04-21-2010, 10:55 AM   #5
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Looks good, I will keep in mind.

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Very nice write up.
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Nice post, good ideas
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Old 03-17-2011, 01:43 PM   #8
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Thank you.

5,000 miles and no problems.

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Great pics Dave, very good way to show your work. Good luck on your travels.
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