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Old 06-19-2012, 10:30 PM   #1
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Bike rack

Has anyone added a receiver to the back of their TT that would accommodate bike rack like Yakima,etc.?
What else are you using.
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Old 06-20-2012, 12:15 AM   #2
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Welcome to the group....

We have a 3 bike Swagman...had it modified by welding the bike rack and receiver adapter together. Originally they were 2 separate units. They were connected by the trailer ball going through the holes. The receiver unit is a common TT bumper hitch type. I would only use it for a bike rack..wouldn't trust the TT bumper for any thing else. Not made heavy enough in my opinion for anything other than the spare tire and a bike rack. Had to move the spare tire and sewer hose carrier so I could centre the bike rack. When the bikes are installed I use bungee cords to stop the bikes from swinging back and forth. The bikes do not reduce the visibility of the signal, brake, nor tail lights. They rack sticks straight out the back a bit so a put flagging tape on the end of the rack so cars coming up can see it.

Here are some pics...hope this help

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Old 06-20-2012, 03:13 AM   #3
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Re: Bike rack

Cooper,

How much bouncing around do you get with that setup? My dealer said the bumper wasn't strong enough to do that and recommended welding support bars from the bumper to the frame...

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Old 06-20-2012, 04:02 AM   #4
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Dave...so far so good. We only put 2 bikes on the rack...the sewer hose carrier is fairly light and just the weight of the spare tire. Since the bike rack has been installed we have only put on about 300 k (186 miles)..but given your post will be checking more frequently once we start traveling. Thanks for the heads up.

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Old 06-20-2012, 04:34 AM   #5
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Re: Bike rack

Bike rack is one of the things we have been wanting to get figured out also, doesn't fit real well in back of Durango along with Kailah's big wheel especially.
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Old 06-20-2012, 02:52 PM   #6
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Bruce...any thoughts of a bike roof rack for the Durango, or put the bikes in the trailer.( not the best option) I have similar concerns as Dave does, about the strenght of the TT rear bumper...just don't overload it.
My bike rack was inexpensive I bought all the stuff on sale. I have a roof rack system on the truck canopy...but that is a hassel taking the bikes on and off and the rack was expensive and besides we take a canoe. We did put the bikes in the back of the truck but that sucked because there was no room for all the other important and essential camping crap we carry :shock:
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Old 06-21-2012, 11:39 AM   #7
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Re: Bike rack

We have a similar receiver hitch added to our rear bumper for a Swagman, 2 bike, bike rack. I also added a stainless steel pad eye to the passenger(stbd) side rear corner of the trailer, drilling into the corner stud with big screws. I use a ratchet strap from the ladder on the driver (port) side of the trailer around the seat post of the furthest away from the trailer bike and then to that pad eye. It keeps things from moving around. 6,000 miles on this mod, so far, and seems to work good.
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Old 06-21-2012, 03:16 PM   #8
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Re: Bike rack

Interesting thread, I've been following it with interest as I'm sure we will want to do something along these lines ourselves one day. Like Coops, we have a canoe and like the truck box for all the other stuff we need.
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Old 06-21-2012, 04:02 PM   #9
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Re: Bike rack

There is a really cool bike rack that mounts on the front frame of the TT over the propane tanks..unable to find the web site at this time. I believe it is Canadian made ( isn't that a first) or made in Quebec. If memory serves it is a tad pricey. We will use what we have as long as the rear bumper holds.

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Old 06-21-2012, 04:19 PM   #10
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Re: Bike rack

I have a Yakima Swing Daddy 4-bike rack if anyone is interested in buying it. I no longer need as my TT has a rear cargo rack where we put the bikes. Apparently can hold up to 300 lbs.
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Old 06-21-2012, 10:01 PM   #11
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http://www.arvika.ca/


Here is the web site.
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Re: Bike rack

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Bruce...any thoughts of a bike roof rack for the Durango, or put the bikes in the trailer.( not the best option) I have similar concerns as Dave does, about the strenght of the TT rear bumper...just don't overload it.
My bike rack was inexpensive I bought all the stuff on sale. I have a roof rack system on the truck canopy...but that is a hassel taking the bikes on and off and the rack was expensive and besides we take a canoe. We did put the bikes in the back of the truck but that sucked because there was no room for all the other important and essential camping crap we carry :shock:
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Cooper I hadn't thought about a roof rack, you got my gears turning again, lol. I would kinda like to get the weight put on the trailer end of things since our Durango bounces around when going down the road at times, and wife freaks out on me about it, lol, but like Dave mentioned, I have seen people put reviews up about their bumpers bending from bike racks, the bumper seems to be pretty heavy duty from looking at it, but I can't ignore what I'm hearing either, so I don't know. I am going to think about the roof rack idea for the Durango for awhile now. Thanks for the input ;-hap .
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Old 06-28-2012, 07:09 PM   #13
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Re: Bike rack

I think it is an interesting debate. Many people say the bumper isn't made to hold any weight, yet they hang a tire on it? Go figure.
However, the lippert frame has attachment points for a bolt on frame mounted hitch. It physically bolts to the frame.
According to Lippert and others, they say not to mount a bike rack to the bumper as, 4 bikes or so plus a tire is too much stress. I don't know, I see people do it all the time.
But if you wanted to be safe, you could call Lippert components and ask about the bolt on hitch they offer.
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Re: Bike rack

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Welcome to the group....

We have a 3 bike Swagman...had it modified by welding the bike rack and receiver adapter together. Originally they were 2 separate units. They were connected by the trailer ball going through the holes. The receiver unit is a common TT bumper hitch type. I would only use it for a bike rack..wouldn't trust the TT bumper for any thing else. Not made heavy enough in my opinion for anything other than the spare tire and a bike rack. Had to move the spare tire and sewer hose carrier so I could centre the bike rack. When the bikes are installed I use bungee cords to stop the bikes from swinging back and forth. The bikes do not reduce the visibility of the signal, brake, nor tail lights. They rack sticks straight out the back a bit so a put flagging tape on the end of the rack so cars coming up can see it.

Here are some pics...hope this help

Thanks for joining the forum

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Coops. This is just what i have been looking for Can't believe i haven't seen this before. Want to get a couple of Bikes hooked up for next year...
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Re: Bike rack

I guess that is one reason I went to the Voltage. Plus I needed room for the Can-Am Spyder. I just never felt comfortable with bikes n the back of my trailers. I heard too many stories of them falling off. I just one almost laying on the ground 2 weeks ago but was able to tell them before they lst the bikes.
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Old 10-16-2012, 02:36 AM   #16
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Re: Bike rack

I have a receiver installed on my rear bumper and I use a 3 bike Thule rack with goes into the 2 inch receiver. My dealer told that my bumper could take the spare and bikes without worry. My wife followed me in her car on our last trip to her working one of the days and she said the bikes did not bunch around that much. Just make sure to use bungee straps to hold the wheels because those quick release axles sometimes let go!

As for roof racks, my buddy pulls his Jay Father (23 footer) with a Nissan Pathfinder and he says that he sees a huge difference with the bikes on or off the truck! Sucks wayyyy more gas apparently!

I know most of us have trucks and could throw the bikes in the bed, but I find having them behind the trailer puts them out of the way and some weekends we end up not even using them so it saves the unloading when unnecessary! They apparently also make racks now that attach to the ladder??

The front mount racks over the propane thanks are nice however the are wayyyy over priced in my opinion!
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Old 05-16-2013, 03:34 AM   #17
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Hey guys, check with your TT frame manufacturer. Many will void the warranty if anything is added.

That being said, if you do add one, install it from frame to frame. The 4" bumper welds are not strong enough. The last thing you want to see is your bikes on the road.
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Old 05-31-2013, 01:39 AM   #18
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Just wondering if there is enough framework on the back of trailer underneath to bolt on a class I or II hitch and then you have a system like on the back of a vehicle for the bikes. Has Anyone done this or know anything about it? My trailer is over 600 km from me so I can't look underneath to see...
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Old 05-31-2013, 11:50 PM   #19
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Some different bike hitches and racks from Lippert Componets...http://store.lci1.com/bike-racks--receivers-c75.aspx

http://www.etrailer.com/Specialty-Tr...urt/13703.html
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How many bikes can you put on the cargo rack? We are waiting to complete a deal on a 311bh that has the rear rack. Just wondering if we need to weld a receiver like we did with the Triple E. That has worked great BTW.
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