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Old 06-19-2017, 11:39 AM
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Bike rack fail, back of 5th wheel

I had been looking at new bike racks but didn't see one I wanted yet so I kept using my Yakima 4 bike carrier. Now I get to rebuild three bikes. The swivel that lets the rack rotate sideways let loose and the bikes were drug down the highway. It could have been worse but the search will continue. May go to a front hitch and carry them on the front of the truck now. Everything has its problems.

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Old 06-19-2017, 11:48 AM
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Then you'd have also run over them.
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I contemplated adding a factory optioned bike rack receiver on my Cardinal. Unfortunately, I missed the window in the ordering process, but in hindsight, following some rigs down the road and witnessing how much they bounce, I'm glad I did not. the leverage of the bouncing would look to just about rip apart any traditional bike rack. The only possible exception *might* be one of this style:


https://www.thule.com/en-us/us/bike-...35xt-_-1691038


Where it is a platform style, right off the hitch, vs. a vertical "arm" style rack.
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Old 06-19-2017, 12:39 PM
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I feel your pain. Trashed our bikes last year with the bike rack my wife purchased last year. The worst part was this was about 2 miles from Liberty Harbor RV in the heart of Jersey city as if towing in that environment isn't fun enough!

I ended up modifying that back rack that is fixed to the frame of my 5vr and can be removed with 4 pins or swung up to the back of the camper.

We did get the money for the rack back but no money for our trashed bikes.
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Old 06-19-2017, 04:15 PM
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Not sure if your trailer frames would work like this. I cut the bumper off mine, made some rails that slide inside the frame rails. This way when I need it I pull two pins and pull it out. When I need to store it the opposite. Works great for me. And very stable. When pulled out there is 6' of the arms left in the frame rails.

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Few bike racks are designed to withstand the dynamic forces generated at the back of a fifth wheel or travel trailer going down the road. We use a Swagman RV bike rack with a 2" square bar that fits the 2" frame-mounted receiver exactly. We are full-timers and my wife drives behind in the Toyota on travel days. 18,000 miles in 22 months - some of it on really bad roads - and my wife says the bikes never move. We have a good travel cover on them and they've never sustained any damage related to being carried on the RV. Now, the bent rear derailleur when she fell over riding the bike is a different story...

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I contemplated adding a factory optioned bike rack receiver on my Cardinal. Unfortunately, I missed the window in the ordering process, but in hindsight, following some rigs down the road and witnessing how much they bounce, I'm glad I did not. the leverage of the bouncing would look to just about rip apart any traditional bike rack. The only possible exception *might* be one of this style:


https://www.thule.com/en-us/us/bike-...35xt-_-1691038


Where it is a platform style, right off the hitch, vs. a vertical "arm" style rack.
That's the style I added to the fifth wheel.
Works great and feels stout.
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That's the style I added to the fifth wheel.
Works great and feels stout.
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Yep! Both of those look good. Especially the one with the beverage....hahaha. they both are platform style with much less "leverage" than the typical bike rack.
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Here is where I carried mine on the 5er.

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That setup adds a good bit of weight to the pin. Is it noticeable?
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Not at all. It adds maybe 130 pounds. Much better than being on the back. Plus the bikes are in the rear view mirror where you can see them. They barely move. Had been carrying them this way for 6 years until I sold the camper. My partner's daughter still uses the set up.
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Here is where I carried mine on the 5er.

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I sure like the looks of that mount. Did you built it or is it available somewhere?
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I sure like the looks of that mount. Did you built it or is it available somewhere?
It was made for him or he did it (I forgot). I remember reading the thread about making it and it is on my to do list.
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I saw what Monty did and made my own version. It works great.


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