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Old 04-21-2012, 09:49 PM   #29
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Yep, Bob, I think you're right. I believe I understand it now.

Since I mostly travel alone these days, I am fortunate enough to have room for my Trek in the back of the Highlander. I'm glad to have the info about the bike racks being too weak to take the shaking of a trailer's rear bumper, as I had thought about moving the bike back there. My TT's bumper is welded to the frame quite well. But I think I'll skip that idea for good.
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Old 04-22-2012, 06:47 AM   #30
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Last year I bought a hitch extender for my mini van, and didn't care for it. I thought that it put too much weight on the hitch, if I had a truck it would probably be no problem. And the bikes didn't have the clearance against my dual lp tanks that was on my now sold 13 deluxe. Maybe I'll use it on my next tug, but for now its in the barn.
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Old 04-22-2012, 07:15 AM   #31
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In another recent thread here I posted how I have made a couple rear receivers on trailers by attaching the receiver tube to at least two frame cross members and the bumper, and reinforcing the frame too. I also have one of those dual receiver things, but have only used it with our teardrop camper that weighs only 650 lb. I modified a Yakima hang type bike rack so it is closer to the tow vehicle, but now it can't be swung down to open the tailgate. Bikes can be a real pain in the #$$ to carry, but I like riding so have had to find various ways to carry them. I don't want to sound like a broken record here, but I feel it's important to realize the stress that a bike rack can put on a rear mount receiver because of leverage and the trailer bouncing. I'm waiting for someone to start a thread about carrying kayaks so I can tell what I learned about that the hard way!! Bob
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Old 04-22-2012, 07:20 AM   #32
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does anyone transport their bikes INSIDE their camper? that seems like the easiest option if there were a way to strap it down and pad it against the interior.
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Old 04-22-2012, 07:27 AM   #33
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does anyone transport their bikes INSIDE their camper? that seems like the easiest option if there were a way to strap it down and pad it against the interior.
Yes, Donna posted a picture showing a board with the front forks locked down to it riding in the center floor area.
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Old 04-22-2012, 07:29 AM   #34
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What I ended up doing on my 13 deluxe is making my own hitch for the rear. I first cut out the bumper and then welded in a 2" receiver, which I added a piece of square stock to and then welded that to each frame rail. It was very strong and I never had any problem carrying bikes and no problem with sway. But I did have dual lp tanks which helped I'm sure with some tongue weight.

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Old 04-22-2012, 07:30 AM   #35
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Yes, Donna posted a picture showing a board with the front forks locked down to it riding in the center floor area.
Find those pictures and more discussion right here: Bikes riding inside a trailer.
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Old 04-22-2012, 08:34 AM   #36
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We are trying to not pack stuff on the floor of the trailer. We want it so when we stop for just an overnight rest we can open the door and get in without moving anything. On a couple recent trips we have overnighted at Walmart and truck stops.
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I'm waiting for someone to start a thread about carrying kayaks so I can tell what I learned about that the hard way!! Bob
Well shoot Bob, don't wait around, start a thread! I want to hear this. I'm looking at buying a kayak and would welcome hearing others' experiences.

(edit): never mind, I'll get the ball rolling and start the thread for ya.
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Old 04-22-2012, 12:45 PM   #38
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I have a "Hitch Haul" that I got for my Honda Odyssey to take the big barbeque to the park for group activities.
It wiggles around so much even with everything strapped down that I only used it once.

I bought folding bicycles with carry bags that go inside the Odyssey.
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I bought one of these but I haven't tried it yet. I will only be carrying one bike so I can put it as close to the tow vehicle as possible. I will be trying it out in a few weeks.
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See kayak story in new thread! Frederick; what I do with my racks is weld a 5/8 nut on a flat piece of steel with a hole in it, stick that inside the rack tube that goes into the vehicle receiver, and screw the bolt into it to hold the rack tight to the receiver. This keeps it from wiggling around. Some bike racks have a nut in them, my Yakima bike rack does. Bob
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:04 AM   #41
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You might want to check out "Hitch Vice", as this will eliminate all the slop in a set-up like you are looking at. I purchased one because of the instability in my drop-down hitch....it really works!!
this sounds like it is intended to deal with the looseness that i have in my plug. on my jeep liberty, because of the spare tire i have to use an extension. so witha little slop there,,,and a little slop in the plug itself,,,the dang thing flops around like a carp on the beach!
where do you find this wonderful product?
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:07 AM   #42
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does anyone transport their bikes INSIDE their camper? that seems like the easiest option if there were a way to strap it down and pad it against the interior.
when i had a 40 foot motor home i carried them inside. but your dealling with something snaller,,,and made out of fiberglass. 1st the bikes will find a way to scratch up everything. 2nd you can't get in and out while they are in there,,,,how will you ever get those donuts out of the cupboard with out taking the bikes out first?
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