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Old 11-14-2012, 07:29 AM   #15
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Can you put the bikes IN the trailer? I hate carrying bicycles on the outside. Too much can go wrong. I spent too much to have couplers installed on the frames of our two 'best' bicycles, so they "break" apart. I have carried them in the storage compartments under the bed in our Trillium 1300. Don't ride as much as we used to, so haven't done that in a couple years, yet it is still possible.
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I also have a bike with Couplers but it is nicer than I like to take with me camping,go figure?

So I have been experimenting with folding bikes and can't find one big enough so far.

Luxury Problem for sure?

Best to You and Mary too!

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Old 11-14-2012, 10:43 AM   #16
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A rack I had sold a lot of and put on the back of a lot of cars bent down and became useless on the back of a trailer with two bikes on it.

I don't know why.

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It's all the bouncing- the ride on the back of a trailer is a lot rougher than that on the back of a drive vehicle.


It's mighty hard on the trailer bumper, too, as illustrated by more than one poster's experience reported in the thread I linked to previously.

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Old 11-14-2012, 11:27 AM   #17
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Yes, it is designed to carry the load. .
Jim, I suspect that the above is one of the benefits of owning an Escape. Designed/built to actually do what you want it to do. Suspect Escape has made an attempt to beef up the rear hitch attachment points at the factory a bit more than Scamp appears to have. I did though come across an Escape a couple of summers ago on a back road with the bikes on the roadway. Not sure that the trailer manufacture can do much about the inherent issues of bouncing rakes and securing the bikes well enough to keep them on the racks.
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It is definitely welded on solid, and is done when they build the frame. It could be done just as good afterwards, but with a bit more trouble.

I imagine that the racks at the rear do get a fair bit of bouncing, though we were followed a bunch by friends this year that never mentioned it. Probably one of the reasons that Swagman will not recommend their 4 bike rack for the rear of a trailer, but are good with the 2 bike one. Swagman does warn against bumper mounting on trailers in the instructions.
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:47 PM   #19
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My Curt dual hitch works just fine on my Uhaul CT; came with an anti wobble bolt that keeps it stable, I sometimes forget that the bikes and tailer are behind me. I will however be making a mod from a 4 bike to a 2 bike hauler since I added my tool box it will ease the loading and unloading the bikes.
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????

The pic looks like the bikes are tv-hitch mounted between the trailer and the tug, not on the U-haul bumper...or am I seeing that wrong?

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No, you're seeing is correct; just click on the pic to enlarge. I can even disconnect the tailer with the hitch on; however I usually remove it first.
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No, you're seeing is correct; just click on the pic to enlarge. I can even disconnect the tailer with the hitch on; however I usually remove it first.
That's what I thought- unfortunately, the O.P.'s vehicle is unlikely to be able to carry the extra weight there. That setup probably weighs at least two hundred pounds loaded (hitch/carrier/bikes), am I right?

That wouldn't leave him much if any tongue weight capacity....maybe that's why he's inquiring about carrying them on the back of the trailer!

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Francesca,
Don't know, I never did the math. All I can tell you is I use the set up on both my Honda Pilot and my Ford Ranger; both 6 cyl. with no problem. It pulls easy, even on the Western NC mountains.
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Older heavier mountain bikes are only up to 40 pounds each. Most are around 30 or less. Spend more, weigh less.
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:31 PM   #25
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If it was me, I would install a rear receiver to put the bike rack in, and load the trailer accordingly.

My second option would be to just throw them inside.
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Yes, it is designed to carry the load. I would imagine that if properly installed by either welding or bolting onto the frame, this could be done in a proper way for most trailers.

Definitely would not do a bumper mount.

Rooftop would be a good consideration, but we often have a canoe on top. Plus, when not using the trailer, a hitch mount bike carrier is way better than rooftop. The rooftop ones really increase wind resistance, and there have been many incidences where owners forgot about them and struck something overhead. Though, on the rear of a trailer one does have to remember they are there when reversing into a site. I know I forgot a couple times and came close to smooshing them.

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I'd like to point out that there's a huge difference between a 19' trailer and a 13' trailer when it comes to weight and adding weight to read. A hundred pounds added hanging out the back of 13' trailer changes the towing dynamics a lot more than it does on 19' or even a 16' trailer.
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