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Old 05-17-2014, 10:26 AM   #15
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Possible, But Not Ideal

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.

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Old 05-17-2014, 11:23 AM   #16
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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?

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