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Old 07-05-2011, 03:06 AM   #1
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I know some of you guys have a receiver hitch on the front of your trucks and haul your bikes up there. How has that worked out? Any cooling issues? What about night time driving-blocking headlights, etc...?



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Old 07-05-2011, 06:08 AM   #2
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My setup works great. The bikes ride well and it is nice to be able to see them. They don't seem to adversely affect the headlights. Most of the beam shines through the spokes. The biggest obstruction to the beam is the tire, but even that doesn't cause any noticeable decrease in the light output. When the bikes are removed the horizontal arms swing up against the vertical piece. This is desirable because it is easy to misjudge your turning clearance when the bikes are removed. It is also very easy to remove the entire rack. one bolt with a 3/4" head attaches it to the hitch. It just so happens that the ratcheting wrenches provided with my wheel chocks are 3/4". The design of the rack is quite clever, the tires sit in their own open frame and then a piece comes down from the vertical member and locks the bike in place. There are Velcro straps to provide additional security for the tires, but because of the way it is designed they really aren't necessary. I can put the bikes on or take them off in a matter of seconds.
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Old 07-05-2011, 09:29 AM   #3
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The only problem I have had is removing bugs from the bike. It is also a little nerving when you see how much the bikes move around.
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Old 07-05-2011, 10:05 AM   #4
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I have a Bodiak Hitch mounted on the towing hooks on my Dodge (link is not my truck, no pictures of mine. Sorry

<DIV =sb_><CITE>www.rv.net/forum/Index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/17216564.cfm</CITE>and had to modify my bike rack to lower it from my drivers site in the front, but it works great. No problems with heat but agree on the bugs. I don't recall the bike rack I have attached, but has large clamps that come down on top of each one, with no moving at all. Bikes do block some of my headlights while driving, but don't drive much at night with trailer or bikes. Best way to keep my eye on the bikes while traveling.
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