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Old 08-22-2012, 03:42 PM   #1
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Carrying bikes: using hitch mounted rack

Looking for solutions to carrying our bikes. I already own a really nice hitch mount bike rack.

We tried using one of these to accommodate the trailer and our 2-bike rack, and it didn't work because the 2nd bike/bike tray hit the camper when we turned.
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but this one is different. Dual Hitch Extender & Other Dual Hitch Receivers - Harbor Freight Tools


If I used that one, would I just put my existing ball mount (something like this one) in the lower receiver?


Because that looks like it would have the effect of extending the trailer further back and would probably give me the clearance I'd need. And then I would have to get a second hitch pin to secure it (as my existing hitch pin would be to secure the adapter to the TV)?

Is there any downside or dangers to this? The 2 hitch pins is safe (somehow that makes me nervous)? Would it work, still tow fine? Am I missing something?
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Old 08-22-2012, 04:16 PM   #2
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both of these will reduce you receiver's weight capacity, so if you are near it with the trailer you should not use one.
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thanks! I don't think I'm close to the weight capacity at all.
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Not sure why my thread was merged with this one, sure there was some overlap but isn't that often the case? My question was fairly specific and is now buried at the bottom of someone else's thread. But whatever, I don't make the rules, I guess.
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Looking for solutions to carrying our bikes. I already own a really nice hitch mount bike rack.

We tried using one of these to accommodate the trailer and our 2-bike rack, and it didn't work because the 2nd bike/bike tray hit the camper when we turned.
Multi-Use Ball Mount


but this one is different. Dual Hitch Extender & Other Dual Hitch Receivers - Harbor Freight Tools


If I used that one, would I just put my existing ball mount (something like this one) in the lower receiver?


Because that looks like it would have the effect of extending the trailer further back and would probably give me the clearance I'd need. And then I would have to get a second hitch pin to secure it (as my existing hitch pin would be to secure the adapter to the TV)?

Is there any downside or dangers to this? The 2 hitch pins is safe (somehow that makes me nervous)? Would it work, still tow fine? Am I missing something?
Anyone have any ideas?
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Old 08-26-2012, 09:07 PM   #6
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Hi, Dan. I hope somebody who has an answer for you will notice your question and speak up. (We tried merging this with the other thread on carrying bikes, but it seems like everyone over there is by-passing your question - so we're putting your question back in its own thread.) Good luck with it!! (And let us know if you figure it out!)
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This is an old thread, but you may find it of value: Receiver mounted 2-bike rack
and there's this post, with pics: carrying bikes post 3
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Old 08-26-2012, 11:21 PM   #8
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I modified a bike rack to use with that second type attachment so that it sets closer to the tow vehicle. I don't really like that setup though, am on my third rack, and have a rear mounted one on our Uhaul and a tongue mounted rack on our teardrop. When I get done with other modifications to the Uhaul I may design a tongue mount rack for it too. Those hitch extenders change the hitch capacity because of the leverage principal, it's not like having a longer tongue on the trailer because in that case the weight is still close to the vehicle.
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...........Those hitch extenders change the hitch capacity because of the leverage principal, it's not like having a longer tongue on the trailer because in that case the weight is still close to the vehicle.
Exactly. The longer the distance from the TV rear axle to the ball, the great tendency to sway, and the lower the vertical load (weight) capacity of the hitch.
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Thanks Mary F (and other mods/admins)!

So I get that using that type of setup will change the hitch capacity because it does move the weight further back and will also increase possibility of sway, but I'm wondering how to evaluate that. I'm nowhere near the capacity of the hitch, so not sure if this is something to worry about. And I don't know whether that small amount of extension will drastically increase sway tendency or just a little. Because I don't have issues with sway right now.

Heck, I don't even know if this setup would actually extend the trailer back (it looks that way to me, but wondering if anyone has used it).
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Old 08-29-2012, 09:43 PM   #11
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Hitch Extension

FYI- I extended my hitch at one point because I wanted to be able to open the back of the pickup without unhitching the trailer. In the process of backing up or a turn, I snapped 3 of the wires in the umbilical. Make sure you have plenty of slack or make sure you have plenty of crimp connectors. IMHO
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Ha, being able to fully open the tailgate of the truck would be one of the side benefits!

Thanks for the tip, there's enough wire for me to do this, but I'll make sure it's hanging freely, might not have thought of that.
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Princess Auto sold me just a small extn receiver with a mount built into it that I was able to bolt onto the trailer bumper and put my bike rack on the back of the trailer. Has worked good for over a year now.
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