Originally Posted by David Tilston
...most Class 3 hitches, on a truck
, or van, will handle 500 lbs of tongue weight
. So this brings down the allowable to 250 lbs. Assuming you have a light
bike rack, and just two bikes, this might be close to acceptable...
If I had a truck, I'd put a fork mount system in the bed and be done with it, no extender needed. And David, you are in a small minority pulling a small egg with a full-size, full-frame van.
For the most part, folks who come looking for bicycle solutions are pulling small eggs with compact or midsize tow vehicles with limited tongue weight
capacity. Unfortunately, a hitch extender is not a viable answer for them.