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Old 09-29-2015, 11:08 AM   #1
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We would like to mount a bike rack for two bikes to the rear bumper of our 19 foot Scamp 5th wheel. Any recommendations or warnings we should heed?
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We would like to mount a bike rack for two bikes to the rear bumper of our 19 foot Scamp 5th wheel. Any recommendations or warnings we should heed?
If you are adding a receiver, be sure that it is securely welded to an added crossmember under the trailer as well as to the bumper. Get a solid bike rack which has no joint movement when in place.

Here's a nice hint ... Get a bungee with a ball and loop it through your front wheel and around the down tube on your bike, this makes loading and unloading your bike much easier as it stabilizes the bike by keeping the headtube assembly from flopping around.
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We would like to mount a bike rack for two bikes to the rear bumper of our 19 foot Scamp 5th wheel. Any recommendations or warnings we should heed?
Buy a good bike rack rather than one of the $129 wonders. Don't scrimp.
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I prefer a rack that the wheels set in a loop or channel and a hook over the top frame tube. Swagman has one as does Thule. I ended up making my own using parts from Thule and Swagman to get a sturdier rack.
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I prefer a rack that the wheels set in a loop or channel and a hook over the top frame tube. Swagman has one as does Thule. I ended up making my own using parts from Thule and Swagman to get a sturdier rack.
The Swagan the back of a trailer, looks like a slingshot.
It's not like the back of a vehicle.
Where I shop for maintenance of my trailer, it does not install bike racks at the back of the trailer, too many bicycles broken or lost on the road .
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Swagman XC bike rack is rated for use on the rear of a RV. We made a 2500 mile trip with one on the rear of our Uhaul with no problems. OP is talking about carrying 2 bikes, not 4. I would not carry 4 on a rear rack. Don't really like carrying any on the rear if I can avoid it.
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With 3 plus a big dog in a 13-footer we do not want a bathroom -- but won't be without our porta-potty!
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I had a front hitch installed on my Avalanche and use the two bike Swagman. Love it. I bought an 
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anti rattle device to help control sway and everything is nice and steady. It took a few miles for my brain to adjust to the bikes out front, but now I don't even notice. Would have preferred a rear trailer hitch but the Oliver bumper does not lend itself to adding anything back there.


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Swagman XC bike rack is rated for use on the rear of a RV. We made a 2500 mile trip with one on the rear of our Uhaul with no problems. OP is talking about carrying 2 bikes, not 4. I would not carry 4 on a rear rack. Don't really like carrying any on the rear if I can avoid it.
The pic with 4 bikes, it's this I founded on the net, it's only an exemple for illustration...
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Here's a nice hint ... Get a bungee with a ball and loop it through your front wheel and around the down tube on your bike, this makes loading and unloading your bike much easier as it stabilizes the bike by keeping the headtube assembly from flopping around.
Not only for loading and unloading, but if you are using a rack the bikes hang on it eliminates the flopping and the wheel spinning around as you drive. I'm sure we've all seen that.. As for rack movement in the receiver, a couple of mine have a captive nut in the mount, so rather than just a regular hitch pin, it has a threaded pin. My other racks that don't have the threaded pin I use a 5/8-11 nut welded on a flat metal piece that I insert in the mount and a bolt in place of the pin. Keeps the rack nice and tight in the receiver
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I prefer a rack that the wheels set in a loop or channel and a hook over the top frame tube. Swagman has one as does Thule. I ended up making my own using parts from Thule and Swagman to get a sturdier rack.

You need to be careful about which make you choose if going with the type that hooks over the top frame as some of them have been known to bend the top frame on newer lighter weight (read expensive) bikes. Ask lots of questions as to how it hooks to the frame - if its simple pressing down on the frame that may not be a good thing unless you are mounting a heavy old mountain bike - in which case that much weight on the back of the trailer may not be all the great an idea either.
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If you are adding a receiver, be sure that it is securely welded to an added crossmember under the trailer as well as to the bumper. Get a solid bike rack which has no joint movement when in place.

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A member here owns a company called Orbital Machine Works that makes a very well made and designed custom hitche for Casita's and Scamps for a very reasonable price and they pack them up well complete with simple installation instructions.

Our local popular fiberglass trailer manufacturer who actually mounted the one I purchased from Orbital onto my Scamp was very impressed with the hitches design and quality.
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