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Old 08-12-2017, 11:37 AM   #1
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Has anyone installed a Jack It Bike rack on their camper? If so can I get feedback on installing and what the think about the rack being on the tongue of the camper?
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I installed one a month ago and used it for the first time on our last road trip. My only issue was the my TT has a short tongue and I had turn the bike rack facing the front. But I had plenty of room over the bed of the truck to do that. You will also have to work on how you will put the bikes up and take them down. It's not easy, but it can be done with patience and help.
I love it and it is a god send for us.

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I don't have any experience with it, but it appears to a much better than bolting to the flimsy rear bumper & you can see them. I can see it could be a high lift to hang them up, what if you put them in the truck bed & loaded them on the rack from there?
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Old 08-12-2017, 03:26 PM   #4
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We just lift them up and hang them. If you can't lift them over your head then doing it from the truck bed would work.
We used to have a rack on the rear bumper but it failed horribly while on the interstate and we nearly lost the bikes. This system is good and I have confidence in it to work well.
Also, be sure to check the height of your lift jack. I had to remove the small level that screws to the top of mine. But I have a cover over my jack. So that didn't matter.
Let me know if you have anymore questions. I'll be happy to help.
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question--I will probably be switching the hitch around like you, due to a short tongue. I pull our camper with a Yukon XL, which is enclosed in the back--do you think if I do like you have done, will the bike on that side closest to the Yukon hit the back window?
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After installing it we went on a two week road trip. At no point was I concerned about it coming even close to the back of the truck. While backing and turning the only time it was even close was when I backed up in a tight spot, but even then I had room. Just don't jack knife and you should be fine.
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On the plus side, you can keep an eye on them outside the rearview mirror.
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After installing it we went on a two week road trip. At no point was I concerned about it coming even close to the back of the truck. While backing and turning the only time it was even close was when I backed up in a tight spot, but even then I had room. Just don't jack knife and you should be fine.
Thank you so much for the advice and help on this, can't wait to get ours!
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Thank you so much for the advice and help on this, can't wait to get ours!
I also tow with a Yukon XL, please post pictures from a few different angles as I'm interested in bike carrying options. One complication on long trips is that my trunk is usually filled with a dog crate and a lab/border collie mix, so being able to open the tailgate at stops is a requirement.

With a sit-on-top kayak and 5 kids, roof space is limited! I've thought about the front bumper (TV) mount but really aren't thrilled with limiting airflow to the radiator, messing with the headlights (we usually travel at night while kids sleep!) etc. I've thought about having someone weld a tray on the back of the camper, but at 30' long that's a lot of bounce, and 4 bikes is about 150lbs!

Also thinking of doing the mod with the dining room table, and/or combining some of these options!
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Thank you so much for the advice and help on this, can't wait to get ours!
You bet. Let us know how it works out for you!
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