I know this topic has been discussed in detail before. A search of the topic has been very informative and helpful. Still, though, I'm stuck! I purchased a 13' Scamp
this Spring, with carefully selected options, one of which was a 2" receiver for a bike rack. Today, as I was about to purchase the rack, various knowledgeable sources have completely freaked me out! I now understand that not only is there the proportional weight
distribution issue as far as sway goes, but that because a trailer has no significant suspension (unlike a car) and because the hitch receiver on a trailer is much farther away from the wheel than on a car, the bounce of a trailer could make a loaded bike rack unexpectedly snap (some day?) if I hit a significant bump on the hiway. That could be disastrous for anyone behind.
We phoned the Scamp
people, and they cautioned about putting any more than 50 lbs (rack and bikes) on the back. (I'm still wondering why they didn't mention this last winter when the order was put together, since not many combinations of 2 bikes and a rack weigh in under 50 lbs, but....)
So I've looked at options like putting a rack over the propane
tanks, and another involving a second receiver that rises up from the extended hitch bar. This site has been great for these ideas. But because my rear door (Toyota 4Runner) swings up, I would not be able to access the back of the tow vehicle until the 2 bikes (and perhaps the rack?) were off. That doesn't work for me, especially on an extended road trip, since my dog stays in a kennel that is accessed by this rear door.
Okay. That was the long-winded wind up. Here's the question: Some folks on the forum seem to carry bikes on their fiberglass trailers on a rear-mounted rack anyway. What has your experience been? Have you followed this practice for years and for tens of thousands of miles with no problem whatsoever? Is it POSSIBLY overly cautious to not just stick a bike rack into the Scamp-mounted 2" receiver, attach 65 lbs worth of bikes, and get on with life AS I HAD INTENDED THIS MORNING!!! ARRGGH!!!