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Old 01-17-2009, 03:33 AM   #1
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Anyone considering using a bolt-on receiver for the rear bumper to carry bikes, platforms, etc. please see my post in the General Questions forum, same topic. Tried it with bikes and my experience wasn't a good one. Just a heads-up.
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Old 01-22-2009, 09:09 AM   #2
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I am working on a rear bumper bike rack. I moved the spare trailer tire over to one side and will attach a 1 1/4 inch receiver to the bumper with U-bolts. The receiver is all made up. Just haven't bolted it on yet. I already have a standard bike rack to fit the receiver.

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wsc01q, I agree with Coastn. Please read the posts in General RVing before you install a bumper only mounted hitch. I also found that the ST bumper could not handle two adult bikes and the spare tire. Edited by: kilbrider
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Okay, I'll bite. What is meant by "won't handle 2 bikes"? The bumper

fall off? Aren't they supposed to handle a 5 MPH impact? That's a

pretty good hunk of steel back there. I've even been thinking about

pulling my 20 foot I/O boat back there. Kilbrider - you have the same trailer as I do. Any details on your experience?

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I would not put a boat on the hitch you are talkig about but I do carry my spare and 2 bikes.
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Old 02-03-2009, 01:47 AM   #6
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cwit - yeah, that was a bit of a stretch. I did see someone do it but they had welded a pretty serious hitch receiver assembly between the frame rails of the trailer just ahead of the bumper. It was a homemade deal but it looked like Fort Knox.

Even with the EquaFlex suspension I have, the back of the trailer takes a brutal pounding. I had a remote sensor for my indoor/outdoor thermometer velcroed inside the spare tire cover and the vibration destroyed it on the first trip. My kitchen is on the back wall of the trailer and everything has to be packed in foam or it gets wrecked. My next trailer, I want the bedroom or living room back there.


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killbrider - I checked the posts under the General RVing. I also checked the welds on my 26RK and they sure aren't much. Before I do anything, I'll get out my arc welder and do some serious welding back there. Hard to believe that a few bikes would cause so much damage. I could put them in the bed of my truck but the lifting is a back killer and I have a really nice bike rack just sitting around.

Let me know how your kitchen holds up. Almost everything on that back wall takes a real pounding. My TV has come off, my coffee maker has come apart, the glass dish in the microwave is a problem, the light over the sink has come out, the DVD player has fallen out, the clock has fallen apart and any glass/ceramic dishware has been broken. Oh, and we keep speeds under 60 at all times and we have the EquaFlex suspension.


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Makes me glad I have a rear living.
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Yeah, when you get under 30 feet either the kitchen or the bathroom has to be at the back. We almost bought a 29 and the kitchen was at the front and the bedroom was at the back, but it was just too big for our tow vehicle then. We have learned how to bullet proof everything on the back wall and we are good to go most anywhere. I think it's a real challenge to design these things. A 5th wheel has got to be good way to go.

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killbrider - I checked the posts under the General RVing. I also checked the welds on my 26RK and they sure aren't much. Before I do anything, I'll get out my arc welder and do some serious welding back there. Hard to believe that a few bikes would cause so much damage. I could put them in the bed of my truck but the lifting is a back killer and I have a really nice bike rack just sitting around.





Let me know how your kitchen holds up. Almost everything on that back wall takes a real pounding. My TV has come off, my coffee maker has come apart, the glass dish in the microwave is a problem, the light over the sink has come out, the DVD player has fallen out, the clock has fallen apart and any glass/ceramic dishware has been broken. Oh, and we keep speeds under 60 at all times and we have the EquaFlex suspension.


I'm no mechanic or welder, but I don't think it's the weight of the bikes as much as it is the jumping around they do back there. Even tied and bungeed down they still bounce around quite a bit and cause all kinds of extra tourque on the bumper. In my case the bumper has bent down and inwards, causing the spare tire, which is also bumper mounted, to look like it is sticking out from the back of the trailer. I'm going to have it straightened out in the spring and also have the bike hitch attached to the frame somehow.









With the exception of one bad, sudden stop situation ( my fault, not the trailers) where I lost some dishes, I haven't had any problems with the rear kitchen. I do run a bungee cord through all the upper cabinet handles to keep them from opening while travelling. I won't have a TV in the trailer and I keep the countertop clear while travelling as well.

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