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Old 04-04-2012, 02:28 AM   #1
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We just picked up our new Zinger 32QB!
I was curious to know if anyone has mounted a 3-4 space bike rack on the rear bumper and if so, have there been any issues. I have read other forum topics about other options but I would really like to travel with the bikes on the back. We're usually only traveling within 100 miles from home but may try to venture further this summer. Any info you all can provide is appreciated.
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Old 04-04-2012, 06:32 AM   #2
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If you figure the weight of 4 bikes, plus the carrier itself, you'll find it's much more weight than the bumper was designed for.

Our solution was to have a class 3 hitch installed on the rear of the trailer. That way I can use different carriers for different things.

WARNING: This will most likely void your frame warranty, so it's up to you.
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:05 PM   #3
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I have a 2012 sunset trail 30 RE I install a 2" bolt on hitch cost $40.00 reinforce the bumper with 2 L shape bracket, have no problem with the 4 bike rack
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Thanks rv-rick and Trini. Appreciate the feedback!
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Old 04-08-2012, 01:22 AM   #5
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Many years, No issues.
1-1/4" receiver (home made) You can buy them.
Purchased bike rack at yard sale. I forget the brand of it, It is old. Seen similar ones at walmart.








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Old 04-08-2012, 04:32 AM   #6
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I guess I should add to my previous post. The Class III hitch was attached to the frame, not the bumper. Work done by a welding shop.

I have seen more than one bike rack swaying in the wind going down the highway.

It would be just a matter of time before the bumper or brackets give up the ghost.

And you would be legally responsible for any damages or injuries.
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Old 04-08-2012, 01:44 PM   #7
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I would love to see pictures of failed bike racks? Or claimed bikes swaying in the wind. I have never seen it. Searched the web everywhere. Everyone has a cell phone and if this was a big problem you would find pictures all over the web. All you read are claims (what if/ It could). I had an rv bumper welds crack and i didn't have anything mounted on it.. The only way i noticed it was i climbed up on the bumper to clean the window and i heard the creaking. Upon looking closely at the welds the bumper was tearing and were fractured.. I grabbed the welder and fixed it up. This was definitely not a bike rack problem. I had nothing on the bumper. Not a spare and I didn't have my bike rack at that time.

My 4 135lbs bikes bouncing + 5 for the receiver, 10 for the bike rack, tearing out welds and ripping 4" .062 tubing, WOW.. Has to be more to it.. My ubolts are rated for 1,000's . My welds will not rip out.. I inspect he bumpers weld yearly from my first rv's bumper issue. So i am 180lbs, Go jumping on the bumper (real hard) i can brake out the welds? Will the weld fractures be quicker if my wife helps me? I climbed up on my bike rack and started bouncing. The bumper didn't move, although the bike rack itself flexed.

Would love to read about damages and injuries from others due to bumper failures or bikes on bumper problems. Links? Also more info on bumper, bracket failures also please. I don't want to hurt anyone so i am curious if this is a problem. I am sure there are millions of people out there with my similar setup. Would like to research it before I go through the effort and money to mount a class 3 hitch(no bumper interaction) for 4 bicycles. If a bike weighs 50lbs. Its time for a new bike. Bikes don't weigh 50lbs !.

Bike Rack options for the OP. My dealer told me it was fine with the bumper adapters for 3 bikes, 4

max, You can talk to you dealer, Or stop in at any dealer close to your

home..
http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...-adapter/17221
http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...ike-racks/7711

Bit cheaper. But use ball bungies in conjunction with the carriers straps to hold bikes securely. I use about 6 ball bungees when all bikes are on there.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Deluxe-4-B...Hitch/10812001

Bumper adapter, Also sold at your RV dealers. In my dealer's book it is P/n 92-1830 31-24
Also sold here
http://tweetys.com/rv-bumper-receiver-adapter.aspx
















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I would love to see pictures of failed bike racks? Or claimed bikes swaying in the wind. I have never seen it. Searched the web everywhere. Everyone has a cell phone and if this was a big problem you would find pictures all over the web. All you read are claims (what if/ It could). I had an rv bumper welds crack and i didn't have anything mounted on it.. The only way i noticed it was i climbed up on the bumper to clean the window and i heard the creaking. Upon looking closely at the welds the bumper was tearing and were fractured.. I grabbed the welder and fixed it up. This was definitely not a bike rack problem. I had nothing on the bumper. Not a spare and I didn't have my bike rack at that time.

My 4 135lbs bikes bouncing + 5 for the receiver, 10 for the bike rack, tearing out welds and ripping 4" .062 tubing, WOW.. Has to be more to it.. My ubolts are rated for 1,000's . My welds will not rip out.. I inspect he bumpers weld yearly from my first rv's bumper issue. So i am 180lbs, Go jumping on the bumper (real hard) i can brake out the welds? Will the weld fractures be quicker if my wife helps me? I climbed up on my bike rack and started bouncing. The bumper didn't move, although the bike rack itself flexed.

Would love to read about damages and injuries from others due to bumper failures or bikes on bumper problems. Links? Also more info on bumper, bracket failures also please. I don't want to hurt anyone so i am curious if this is a problem. I am sure there are millions of people out there with my similar setup. Would like to research it before I go through the effort and money to mount a class 3 hitch(no bumper interaction) for 4 bicycles. If a bike weighs 50lbs. Its time for a new bike. Bikes don't weigh 50lbs !.

Bike Rack options for the OP. My dealer told me it was fine with the bumper adapters for 3 bikes, 4

max, You can talk to you dealer, Or stop in at any dealer close to your

home..
http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...-adapter/17221
http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...ike-racks/7711

Bit cheaper. But use ball bungies in conjunction with the carriers straps to hold bikes securely. I use about 6 ball bungees when all bikes are on there.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Deluxe-4-B...Hitch/10812001

Bumper adapter, Also sold at your RV dealers. In my dealer's book it is P/n 92-1830 31-24
Also sold here
http://tweetys.com/rv-bumper-receiver-adapter.aspx



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Old 04-19-2012, 10:20 AM   #9
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I was thinking of a rack on the back of the new unit but am now second guessing that. I think the smaller bikes (X2) should fit nice into the pack and play side door. Likely make a better bike rack in the bed of the pickup for the full size bikes. (X2).
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Old 04-19-2012, 01:29 PM   #10
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Yeah, me too. There was someone on that thread who had a receiver installed on the front of their Excursion for the bike rack. They posted a picture of it, I'll share it here if I can find it but it's a nice work around that won't void your frame's warrantee.



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