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Old 10-04-2012, 06:05 PM   #1
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Bike rack for a casita

I have a Casita SD17 with a spare tire attached to the back of the camper. I attached a hitch adaptor to the bumper and tried to connect my "L" shape bike rack and realized that the spare tire gets in the way of the rack. I think the solution is a platform style rack but I'm uncertain which brand works well in this situation. Can someone recommend a platform style rack for this situation? Thank you!
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Old 10-04-2012, 06:17 PM   #2
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The first tning Cssita said to me when inquiring about the bike rack was don't trust the bumper. It has too much flex. We had a receiver welded to the frame and the bumper.

Our bike rack clears the tire. It is a fold down one that we had already for other veicles that needed the clearnce to open the back. If you have the rack, a welder can position the receiver to let it clear the tire.
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:09 PM   #3
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Sometime to avoid the problem of clearace and weight etc just put the bike inside, solved a big problem ??
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:38 PM   #4
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Of course I would purchase the materials
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:40 PM   #5
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Ron, I have too much stuff inside to fit 3 bikes. Already considered that. I also thought about the roof rack but for some reason i just don't feel secure with my bikes up top
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:46 PM   #6
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Three bikes is a lot of weight to put on the back of the trailer. It will reduce tongue weight and trailer stability at high speeds. Piling more weight onto the tongue is not a solution because having too much weight at each end will also affect stability. Best to keep the bikes on the roof of the TV.
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:29 AM   #7
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having hauled bikes all over i can safely say they do not hold still. if you put them inside you will rub the paint off the bikes, the finnish off everything they touch, and holes in everything else. set up as proper bike carry rack and use it, seems a fuss but pays in the end.
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:32 AM   #8
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Three bikes is a lot of weight to put on the back of the trailer. It will reduce tongue weight and trailer stability at high speeds. Piling more weight onto the tongue is not a solution because having too much weight at each end will also affect stability. Best to keep the bikes on the roof of the TV.
Sorry but I have to agree here with Kevin, I put two on my trailer and got a little sway with it. I have since switched tugs and put the bikes on a rack in the back of my pickup. With the previous tug a mini van, I put the bikes on top. If you have a light weight bike rack and two light weight bikes you might get by with it on the back, but 3 is two much I think.
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:34 AM   #9
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Bike rack discussion comes up frequently, and my response is that you have to realize the weight and leverage that can be put on the mounting points of a receiver or rack. I've seen a couple racks break off the rear because of poor construction. Bikes will tend to bounce on the rear of a trailer. I'm on my third rack now, my current one being a Swagman rack that is rated for RV use. I had made a tongue mount rack for a popup camper we have and that worked good. I don't like the double hitch things because they change the load on your hitch, but I have used one with our teardrop but it only weighs 650 lb. I think I saw here a while back that someone was making a rear receiver for Casita. I have used on the rear of our Uhaul a 3 bike rack that I got on ebay, the bike wheels set in loops and a clamp arm holds the bike on the top frame tube. That rack bent while on a 2000 mile trip, I had to reinforce it with steel angle to get home.
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:24 AM   #10
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At RV shops you can find a "double decker" receiver for your TV. It fits into your single receiver on your TV but then has two receptacle spaces for receivers. You can put the receiver for your camper in the bottom one and the one for your bike rack in the top one. Then the added weight of the bikes is where it would be if you were just hauling bikes. Maybe not the best access for getting into the back of your TV, but certainly a safe option.
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Old 10-05-2012, 02:11 PM   #11
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[QUOTE=ShirleyA;338101]At RV shops you can find a "double decker" receiver for your TV.

These things alter the weight capacity of your hitch because of moving the ball back. It can cause handling problems too. It's not like having a longer tongue on the trailer
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Old 10-16-2012, 12:10 AM   #12
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I'm afraid using the "double decker" would make sharp turns impossible. Wouldn't the bikes hit the trailer?
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Old 10-16-2012, 05:06 PM   #13
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When I did use one of those "double decker" hitches, it was with our teardrop that only weighs 650lb, and I modified the bike rack to mount closer to the tow vehicle. I just saw a hitch extender at a yard sale that had a sticker on it that said it reduced the hitch capacity by 1/3.
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Old 10-16-2012, 06:13 PM   #14
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Not cheap, but would satisfy the use of both a bike rack and a platform rack. At different times tho...

Amazon.com: Casita Hitch Receiver: Sports & Outdoors
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