Bike Rack on 13' Scamp - Page 2 - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 05-17-2014, 11:26 AM   #15
Senior Member
 
Jon in AZ's Avatar
 
Name: Jon
Trailer: 2008 Scamp 13 S1
Arizona
Posts: 5,566
Registry
Possible, But Not Ideal

Quote:
Originally Posted by RachelW View Post
We had the hitch put on the back of the Scamp when we ordered ours, tried bikes on it once and had so much extra sway that we said never again.
We also had a factory receiver installed. RachelW is correct - the extra weight aft does contribute to sway. I found it occasionally noticeable but not excessive, and we mitigated the problem by putting all of our heavier gear forward inside the trailer.

Another issue with the rear-mounted bike racks you should be aware of is bouncing. A trailer will bounce a lot more than a car, and the effect is magnified at the rear. That puts a lot of peak stresses on the rack, receiver, and the frame of the trailer (which is not known for being heavy duty!). It also means the bikes will bang into each other. Ours are inexpensive, lightweight bikes, and I have learned where to put padding. If you plan to spend much time on unpaved roads, this might be a deal-breaker.

In short, a rear bike rack is possible, but definitely not ideal.

Floyd's rig is clever and good for stability, but could overload the tongue for some TVs (such as the OP's Subie). Donna's suggestion is ideal for aerodynamics, security, and towing stability (and inexpensive, too), but I like being able to use the interior of the trailer en route. A roof rack system on the TV is another option - stable and secure, but bad for aerodynamics, pricey, and a pain to load/unload.

Lots of choices, none perfect, I'm afraid.
__________________

__________________
Jon in AZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2014, 12:23 PM   #16
Senior Member
 
Jon in AZ's Avatar
 
Name: Jon
Trailer: 2008 Scamp 13 S1
Arizona
Posts: 5,566
Registry
Factory vs Aftermarket?

I ordered a hitch receiver kit from Scamp and had it installed per the factory specs (which included welding in an additional frame cross-member). At the time I didn't know about the Orbital bolt-on unit mentioned in earlier posts.

The factory kit was cheaper than than the aftermarket unit (even with shipping factored in), but because I had to pay a welder to install it, it came out a bit more expensive.

I don't know much about metalwork, so I wonder if some of the experts out there could comment on the relative strength of welded vs. bolt-on. Which would you recommend?
__________________

__________________
Jon in AZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
scamp


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bike Rack Greg Janke Modifications, Alterations and Updates 17 08-04-2012 11:47 AM
Bike rack russelld Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 18 02-23-2012 07:19 PM
1st Mod on 96 Scamp ( bike rack) Tim Wood Modifications, Alterations and Updates 9 06-23-2011 02:32 PM
Bike Rack on Scamp 13' barryra Modifications, Alterations and Updates 2 07-19-2010 01:42 PM
Bike Rack kathy chamblin Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 5 08-18-2007 10:41 AM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:38 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.