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Old 04-16-2012, 05:45 PM   #1
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Tow hitch for Bike Carrier?

I have a 1997 13' Scamp and would like to get a tow hitch welded on the rear bumper to support a bike carrier. Has anyone done this or any suggestions? Thank you and Happy Scamping!
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:32 PM   #2
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Of course Jeremy! But, think about a couple of things. You can't weld a tube reserver to the rear bumper and hope everything stays there. I've often said that most of these trailers have rear bumpers that are about as thick as tin foil. Add 50# to it... and cracks happen. Everything you add behind the axle also takes away from the tongue weight. You want to maintain 10-15% tounge weight to help sway issues. Do you like your bike? Remember, you won't be able to see it under tow and in the rain, the back of the trailer develops "road rash" just as bad as the front. If you really, really like your bike, I'd suggest this:
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:41 PM   #3
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Donna, do you know if that board the bikes are mounted to is secured somehow or is it free floating?
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:47 PM   #4
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Melissa, I have a couple of different pics... and I've had them so long I don't know where I got them! At least one, shows the board "anchored" front and back based on length... no where to slide. This was posted only to give Jeremy an "idea" of what other things can be done besides putting a bike "outside," plus welding, etc.
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Looks like a great idea to me! Trying to figure out how to carry bikes inside as well without resorting to spending money on folding ones. I wouldnt want to drill holes anywhere to anchor the board though.....Maybe some industrial velcro???
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:56 PM   #6
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Melissa, if the board goes completely front to back... or side to side, either way wedged tight there's no where for it to go. Remember, the entire bike doesn't need to ride on the board, just the tongue mounts.
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Oh ya, Duh! Thanks Donna!
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:44 PM   #8
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Here are pictures from Tim Wood's Scamp 13 receiver project, his was done right for a 13.
Note that the bumper is cut out for more ground clearance....
Tim!! Chime in here!
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Scamp did ours when we ordered the 5ver.
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Scamp did ours when we ordered the 5ver.
Scamp mounts all of theirs below the bumper, which is acceptable for the 16 and the 19.... but not the best idea for a 13.
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Jeremy, I know you spoke of a carrier for the back of your Scamp. But this has worked well for me: Receiver mounted 2-bike rack

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Old 04-17-2012, 11:53 AM   #12
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Thanks Donna! That is a great idea. We have a 3 year old and a 1 year old so we stop a lot on our trips to get in and out of the Scamp. I really like your set up...well done!
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Thanks Floyd...I know a local welder and I am going to show him this picture. I will post what I decide to do. Thanks for the information.
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:04 PM   #14
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Dave,
Thanks for the information. I like that set up a lot. Great price too. I am going to take the scamp to a local welder I know and see what he thinks and go from there. I will post pics of what i decide. Thanks again!
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