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Old 07-02-2013, 11:52 AM   #1
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HItch receiver for bike rack

I'd like to put my bike rack on the back of a 13-foot Scamp. Does anyone have advice about this?
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:15 PM   #2
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I have done exactly what you are proposing, but on a Trillium 4500.
It is not as simple as you might think. The receiver should be welded to the bumper, and a cross member ahead of the bumper. The amount of torque on a bike rack is surprisingly high. It will also increase the likelihood of trailer sway.
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Old 07-02-2013, 02:01 PM   #3
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You can find a lot of controversial opinion on this subject. Dave is correct about the high torque issue, so you want a well built receiver and a good bike rack. I have seen a couple racks or receivers break off, and had one of mine bend. Bikes will tend to bounce on the rear of a trailer. A tongue mounted rack is much better if you can fit it. I've built a few rear mount receivers, generally bolted them to the bumper after reinforcing it, then to at least two crossmembers, or added a cross member so that I had 3 attachment points. There was available a bolt on receiver for the rear of some Scamps & Casitas, it might be found at Amazon.com . I have a rear rack on our Uhaul, but use the same rack on the tongue of our teardrop.
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Old 07-02-2013, 03:29 PM   #4
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I'd like to put my bike rack on the back of a 13-foot Scamp. Does anyone have advice about this?
Adding a receiver to the back of a 13 Scamp requires an extra crossmember being added to the frame behind the graywater tank.
The bumper and the crossmember will be adequate support.
For the 13 it is best to place the crossmember up between the frame rails and notch the bumper so that the bottom of the receiver is no lower than the bottom of the bumper. This is important to prevent reducing the angle of departure of the trailer so as to prevent striking the pavement when entering or leaving driveways, gas stations etc.
Still...rear receiver bike racks on trailers tend to be very rough on bikes that's why I chose a front mount....
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:22 PM   #5
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Noah, of Orbital Machine works is a member here at FiberglassRV. His business includes manufacturing items for Casitas and Scamps, including rear receiver hitches. If you're a welder, this may give you an idea of what's needed. If you're not a welder, you can always order one!

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Floyd,

I have been looking for a front/tongue mounted bike rack. Did you make yours?
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This a nice front mount for the A frame of any trailer, a local welder should be able to make one up for you.

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Old 07-27-2013, 06:47 AM   #8
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In Daniel's link I found reference to a commercially made tongue mounted rack by Avika, made in Canada. I think I saw one on a trailer once and it looked good. Is that what you have Floyd?
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In Daniel's link I found reference to a commercially made tongue mounted rack by Avika, made in Canada. I think I saw one on a trailer once and it looked good. Is that what you have Floyd?

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In Daniel's link I found reference to a commercially made tongue mounted rack by Avika, made in Canada. I think I saw one on a trailer once and it looked good. Is that what you have Floyd?
Thank you , but no. Mine is made from a pair of old box fan legs and angle iron from discarded bed frames. I then bought two tray racks designed for use on roof racks and adapted them to my frame.They were placed facing in opposite directions in order to make the rack more compact. The height was determined by the contour of the trailer and getting clearance for the pedal and handlebar.
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I have been looking for a front/tongue mounted bike rack. Did you make yours?
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Yes I did. you can use any creative design that you like as long as it is solid and at the right height to accommodate the bicycle trays.
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Old 07-27-2013, 09:49 AM   #12
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With my tent camper I used a bike rack that hitched to the car and had a ball for the camper. I purchased the bike rack from business that installed the hitch on my car. Here is a link to similar product: Swagman Bike Racks - Towing 3-Bike Rack - Swagman 64601 - Bike Racks - Camping World

Since I am in process of looking for a fiberglass trailer I do not have experience with using my bike rack with a trailer.

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Jo; there is another discussion about the negative effects of moving the ball back from the receiver like that swagman rack does. You may want to look into it. Floyd, sounds like you do things like me, use what material you have laying around. I prefer not to use old bed frame though, I'll go get what I need from a welding/ fabrication shop I did business with when I was working. The last shop I worked in was across the street from a company that did armored cars and such, so I frequently raided their dumpster for scrap steel.
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Jo; there is another discussion about the negative effects of moving the ball back from the receiver like that swagman rack does. You may want to look into it. Floyd, sounds like you do things like me, use what material you have laying around. I prefer not to use old bed frame though, I'll go get what I need from a welding/ fabrication shop I did business with when I was working. The last shop I worked in was across the street from a company that did armored cars and such, so I frequently raided their dumpster for scrap steel.
Actually, I prefer old bed frames for angle Iron, It is tougher than elephant butter...and it's FREE!. Just try and drill a hole in it!
The scavengers are scarfing up all the steel from the trash now that it's $$$$ per ton. I buy stuff from Belsons steel when needed though.(mostly square tubing.)
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