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Old 09-24-2015, 04:44 PM   #1
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Hi all!

Just loving this site...and sure hoping I can get some ideas about how I will transport my beach cruiser bike with my little Trillium trailer.

I had a 1980 Bonair tent trailer before I found my little gem and had a fellow at work make me the sweetest bike rack that I mounted on the from of the frame. It is the kind where you remove the front bike tire. That worked great for the tent trailer, but will not work for my Buttercup.

I think the best would be to get the type that fits over the spare tire. But wondering if there is a better setup I should look at. I know I could just simply put my bike inside while I travel. But hoping for something that could hold 2 bikes.

Thanks all

pics will be coming...I will send what she looks like now, then in the spring when she is all pretty I will update
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I think the best would be to get the type that fits over the spare tire. But wondering if there is a better setup I should look at. I know I could just simply put my bike inside while I travel. But hoping for something that could hold 2 bikes.
Do a google of the site for lots of info regarding the pros and cons of various types of bike hitches.

Using rack that goes over the spare tire or attaches to the rear bumper is not a good idea - actually an idea that can go bad fast. The spare tire &/or bumper of most of the small trailers are not designed to take much if any weight - result is the spare tire or bumper will rip off the trailer leaving the bikes and rakes and trailer parts all over the road.
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Old 09-24-2015, 05:46 PM   #3
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Yikes!!!

Good thing I asked. Maybe something like I had for the tent trailer mounted where the propane goes? Or should I find a rack for my Nissan Rogue? Or just put the bloody bike inside?

Thanks again


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Old 09-24-2015, 05:49 PM   #4
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I have heard stories of the bike rack coming down, but not off, dragging the bikes for miles.

It is possible to set up the bike rack on the back of the trailer properly, but you are still adding weight where you least want it. The tongue weight is decreased, the weight on the back acts like a pendulum. If you have any sway, the bikes will make it much worse.

The best plan I have heard is to put the bikes in the trailer, or on the tongue of the trailer. On the tongue usually involves a custom made rack, above the propane tank.
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Yikes!!!

Good thing I asked. Maybe something like I had for the tent trailer mounted where the propane goes? Or should I find a rack for my Nissan Rogue? Or just put the bloody bike inside?

Thanks again


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When I first got my trailer I put the bikes inside but that got old quick if I wanted to make a stop and make some lunch on the road. Purchased roof racks for the tow vehicle and that worked really well.
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Old 09-25-2015, 10:41 AM   #6
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This IS a great forum and there are lots of folks more knowledgeable than me. But here is what worked for us on our 1975 Trillium and Nissan Murano. We bought a hitch extender to put on the car which has 2 receivers on it. Our Saris bike rack goes in the upper receiver and Trillium tongue goes in the other one and they're very compatible.
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That is a good solution Gail.

I tried something similar, but the tongue of my Trillium is so packed with a spare tire, propane tank and batteries, the bikes had no room. I would have needed a very tall bike rack.
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Ah, I see. Our spare tire was on the rear and we had taken the propane tanks off, so we had plenty of space. Didn't think of that.
On our new Escape we put the bike rack on the receiver on the rear of the camper and it seemed to do just fine. The bike rack folks (Saris) and other people on this forum advise against doing that, but the bikes seemed to be fairly stable. So far, so good!
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Not so fast… Use of a hitch extender reduces the allowable hitch capacity by 50%, as stated in the specs for this Curt model from etrailer:
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Consider the math… let's say you start with 350 pounds tongue weight capacity on your vehicle. Install the hitch extender and now it's 175. That's already marginal for a 13' egg. Now subtract the weight of rack and bike(s). What's left is barely enough for a motorcycle trailer.
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While I advise against it, we also have a hitch receiver on the back of our Trillium 4500. We have had the tongue weight ridiculously low, but no problems either.

Below is a picture of our poor set-up. I felt the trailer pulling up on the back of the van. I stopped in at a truck stop and weighed just the tongue. It was less then 100 lbs. I loaded up all the water containers we had an put them in the gaucho. Much better after that. Still, I would never put that much on the back of the trailer again.
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We have all done thing we shouldn't have and hopefully learned from it.

Agree with Jon. The hitch extender is a bad idea in so many ways.

To the OP, if you take the front wheel off the bike it would probably fit in the back of your Suv.
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We ordered our new Scamp with a rear receiver for a bike rack–that was before we read all the great posts here about why it might not be such a good idea to put bikes on the back of a small trailer.

We explored different types of fore, aft, and car top bike carriers. The result was we determined we were money and safety ahead to donate our old bikes to the Salvation Army and buy new folding bikes with bags that we can fit in the back of our Highlander. Your situation may be different.
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Not so fast… Use of a hitch extender reduces the allowable hitch capacity by 50%, as stated in the specs for this Curt model from trailer:
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Consider the math… let's say you start with 350 pounds tongue weight capacity on your vehicle. Install the hitch extender and now it's 175. That's already marginal for a 13' egg. Now subtract the weight of rack and bike(s). What's left is barely enough for a motorcycle trailer.
You are correct, of course, but 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.

This is why, in my opinion, a bike rack, on the tongue of the trailer is ideal, if difficult to implement.

BTW: the vehicle hitch mounted bike rack that I have, but have not been able to use, wraps around about 2.5" of the stinger and does not affect the total tongue weight allowed. I had to shop around for a stinger that was long enough though.
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On our new Escape we put the bike rack on the receiver on the rear of the camper and it seemed to do just fine.
With my current tug carrying the bikes on or in the back of it is not possible so had a custom (made for the Scamp) receiver installed to the underside of the trailer that is attached to the trailers frame. Purchased a very light rack a Kuat Bata rack that only weighs 11lbs. Best rack I have even owned, very little movement when traveling & I have owed several that cost way more and weighed way more but they Moved a lot. Movement at the rear of the trailer is not a good thing.

I also stopped traveling with heavy mountain bikes. Now only travel with one or two bikes and they are *light* due to a lot of carbon fibre. Added weight with rakes and 2 bikes at the rear is under 75lbs. I carry a heavy tote with gear in it on the floor of the trailer just ahead of the axle to balance the trailer out when carrying bikes. Have traveled 1000's of miles with it and no problems.

One should take a REAL good look at the state of an old trailers frame before adding a proper hitch receiver to the rear/underside of it. Also if you are someone who has a trailer with a light tongue weigh due to lack of propane tanks and batteries, I would suggest putting anything to the rear of a trailer with a light tongue, no matter how well it is secured is a REALLY BAD idea.
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