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Old 04-14-2013, 11:29 AM   #1
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Bike rack queations? Yeah i know........

Ok I haven't tried it yet but my question is this? My 96 16' Scamp had a previous owner who was very in-tune with it, he had it maintained perfectly, and even took it back
To the factory to have it gone thru last year. While there he had them install a bike rack. The rack is a very nice rack, the job they did was beautiful! But upon my investigating I was reading in the owners manual that it said to not use and rack on the trailer, that it was not designed for the use of one. And also in the owners manual of the rack it states that its is not to be used on a trailer also. So
My question is why would a company who builds the trailer and says not to do it , not only offer a bike rack when ordering a new one but also install one on a previously owned one, also with a rack that states it is not to be used on a trailer? Not trying to beat a dead horse, but if I didn't read the fine print and also all the threads on here about it, I never would have known. Has anybody has any luck using the racks?
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Old 04-14-2013, 11:47 AM   #2
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It might be something as simple as a Liability concern and the OEM doesnt want to be sued or there have been issues in the past with mounting on unknown frames as there are too many variables. I will be beefing up my trailer frame with some additional bracing. Im sure there will be lots of replies. I carry a 4 bike frame on my car and will need a place for at least two bikes on occasion.
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Extra weight on the back can under certain conditions induce sway. Your mission, should you accept it, is to load your trailer so as to minimize sway.
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Old 04-14-2013, 12:01 PM   #4
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I'm a daring sole from time to time with scar's and T-shirts to prove it. I figure if I take the weight of the 2 bikes and then us that amount to act as a ballast towards the front. And then secure them as to keep side to side movement to a min. I may still try it . And if I get some sway I will
Just simply move the bikes to the bed of the truck. I really was posting this just to get some
Other people's thoughts on the subject. I'm sure it's just a CYA statement from the lawyers. Lol
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Extra weight on the back can under certain conditions induce sway. Your mission, should you accept it, is to load your trailer so as to minimize sway.
In your opinion only based upon all the chatting on the WDH thread would that be taken care of with a correctly selected WDH or do you think that sway would still be an issue. Just a question and wont hold you to it (unless you are filthy rich)
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Old 04-14-2013, 12:26 PM   #6
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I believe the answer may be that Scamp doesn't want folks to buy an after market bike rack and just bolt it on the back bumper or frame. The frame can't handle the stress. When Scamp puts the hitch/rack on, they reinforce the frame of the trailer.
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In your opinion only based upon all the chatting on the WDH thread would that be taken care of with a correctly selected WDH or do you think that sway would still be an issue. Just a question and wont hold you to it (unless you are filthy rich)
I'd want to set it up so that it didn't sway with no sway bar and leave the sway bar for the extreme occurrences like a panic stop or sudden side wind gusts. Mounting the bikes on the front over the propane bottle seems like a preferable method. I think that Floyd came up with something clever along those lines.
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Thomas G. Do you have a link to point me into the direction of bikes being mounted above the propane tanks? I would like to see it as my brother is looking for bike hauling methods.
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I believe the answer may be that Scamp doesn't want folks to buy an after market bike rack and just bolt it on the back bumper or frame. The frame can't handle the stress. When Scamp puts the hitch/rack on, they reinforce the frame of the trailer.
True mine is installed from scamp and it is a class 3 hitch extremely over kill for a couple of bike but I am a big fan of overkill lol. It's a very nice job I'm not knocking it. I just thought it was interesting that in there manual it states not to do it but then they offer it as a option. And the one they chose to install is also recommended to
Not be used on a trailer. Do 2 wrongs make a right? Lol
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Thomas G. Do you have a link to point me into the direction of bikes being mounted above the propane tanks? I would like to see it as my brother is looking for bike hauling methods.
Second post in thread. bike rack on back of Casita
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I figure if I take the weight of the 2 bikes and then us that amount to act as a ballast towards the front.
You will have then created a trailer with the centre of mass (average location of stuff) in the same place, and thus the same tongue weight, but more distributed out toward the ends... which is less stable.

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In your opinion only based upon all the chatting on the WDH thread would that be taken care of with a correctly selected WDH or do you think that sway would still be an issue.
Shifting load from the tug's rear axle to the tugs's front axle and the trailer axle (which is what a WDH does) doesn't help sway at all - it fundamentally makes it worse. As side effects, WDH systems also interfere with movement of the tug-trailer joint - this is usually referred to as something like "stiffening the connection" - which typically does reduce sway, as many members of this forum have explained from the own experience.
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My rack is a swagman xp, and it's rated for camper use. I'm going to double up the frame rails when I put my hitch on.
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Thomas G. Do you have a link to point me into the direction of bikes being mounted above the propane tanks? I would like to see it as my brother is looking for bike hauling methods.
I'm not Tom, but Floyd's solution is post #5 here, I posted #4
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You will have then created a trailer with the centre of mass (average location of stuff) in the same place, and thus the same tongue weight, but more distributed out toward the ends... which is less stable.

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Andrew posted a great link to an on line stability game that you can play around with to see what moving things around in the trailer does in regards to its stability.
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