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Old 07-24-2013, 06:46 PM   #15
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Brian; I took the filing down the ball to mean that there was not enough clearance between the top of the ball and the bottom of the bike rack for the trailer coupler to fit in, and by filing down only the top of the ball he could then get the coupler on the ball. Just my opinion on what was done.
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Old 07-24-2013, 07:47 PM   #16
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Brian; I took the filing down the ball to mean that there was not enough clearance between the top of the ball and the bottom of the bike rack for the trailer coupler to fit in, and by filing down only the top of the ball he could then get the coupler on the ball. Just my opinion on what was done.
That would be less disturbing, but it doesn't look like - after the bike rack mod - any of the rack is directly above the ball. That visible loop in the photo is one of the bike wheel supports, well away from the ball but incidentally lined up with the camera position.
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:06 PM   #17
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I have the same rack so know how the wheel loops are set up. Even enlarging the photo I can't tell just where the rack base tube ends up, could be close enough to interfere with the coupler. One of those things you have to be there to see. OP probably wishes he never started this thread, but unintentional hazards do need to be pointed out. I used one of those double hitch things once, and that was with our teardrop that only weighs 650 lb. It sounded like a good idea but decided it wasn't, haven't used it again. I'm on my 3rd bike rack, and various mounting versions, and still not totally satisfied, but I'm getting close!!
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:04 PM   #18
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The dual receiver worked fine on our 30 min trip with the E-250 pulling the '76 Trilly 1300. There were no problems whatsoever. There were some challenges for the system, like driving on a gravel parking lot with turns at the self-storage site, going 45 mph on a paved city road and going up a steep hill at the rv campsite.The bike rack and 2 mountain bikes survived the 2.5 hr trip to the trailer site as well.The Trilly stayed level at the hitch, too.

I would attribute this success to my set of circumstances (E-250 tow vehicle and a light trailer ) which were favorable for this application. This is not to say this setup would work well and safely for others.

Given the input from this discussion, one would have to say the prevailing opinion was that this system is not recommended for towing a trailer and carrying bikes.
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Old 07-25-2013, 12:22 PM   #19
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For this light use, I think we will be ok, but I will inspect the welds on each trip. If a problem should develop, I would take the pieces to a local welder who recently did upgrades on the "76 Trilly frame.
Just interested, what did you have done to your frame, any pics.

This is what I did to carry my 2 bikes. It is only temporary as the previous owner cut the bumper and spare off and relocated the bumper to closer to the shell. I want the spare where it is supposed to be. I'll move the bumper back, mount a new receiver and put the spare back where it's supposed to be, new stabilizer jacks would be nice too.
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Old 07-25-2013, 01:48 PM   #20
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Doug,

Your Trilly looks very nice.

The bike rack you set up certainly is one solution to carrying 2 bikes that would get around the objections of all those who have weighed in on the double receiver option. I didn't go this rear bike rack route as I already had a cargo rack welded on to the rear of the frame, was afraid of weighing down the rear of the trailer and wasn't sure if the Trilly frame would support it. That is why I went with the front dual receiver.

A local welder welded two 2"H X 12"L X 1/4" steel plates, short side of the plate end to end, covering 2' of the outer frame, on each front side of the frame where it curves to form the tongue. One plate covers the curve where there is a bolt on the underside securing the shell. The two plates are welded together on one end and all around the edges. It wasn't possible to make the plate all one piece because of both the bend at the front and the rise of the frame in the front, but it has got to be better than what I had before. I primed the steel and then painted it black like the rest of the frame.

The welder also spot welded ( 2" weld on each joint ) all the frame pieces where they came together on the underside of the frame which before didn't look like they had much attachment. I was amazed at what a nice job he did and without damaging the fiberglass underside or front.
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Doug,

Your Trilly looks very nice.

The bike rack you set up certainly is one solution to carrying 2 bikes that would get around the objections of all those who have weighed in on the double receiver option. I didn't go this rear bike rack route as I already had a cargo rack welded on to the rear of the frame, was afraid of weighing down the rear of the trailer and wasn't sure if the Trilly frame would support it. That is why I went with the front dual receiver.

A local welder welded two 2"H X 12"L X 1/4" steel plates, short side of the plate end to end, covering 2' of the outer frame, on each front side of the frame where it curves to form the tongue. One plate covers the curve where there is a bolt on the underside securing the shell. The two plates are welded together on one end and all around the edges. It wasn't possible to make the plate all one piece because of both the bend at the front and the rise of the frame in the front, but it has got to be better than what I had before. I primed the steel and then painted it black like the rest of the frame.

The welder also spot welded ( 2" weld on each joint ) all the frame pieces where they came together on the underside of the frame which before didn't look like they had much attachment. I was amazed at what a nice job he did and without damaging the fiberglass underside or front.
Nice job, my trailer had a box and a receiver on the back and was a really poor job. Yours looks well done.
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I use a Curtis dual hitch, have had no problem towing my light Uhaul.
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Old 07-26-2013, 12:04 AM   #23
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George, thank you for sharing your experience with this setup. Glad it has worked out for you.
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