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Old 09-15-2016, 07:25 PM   #15
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Here are a couple of iterations of my tongue mounted hitch...
Mine has worked well for over a decade.
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Old 09-15-2016, 07:40 PM   #16
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Btw, we tow with a v6 Tacoma. A full size truck might be better in minimizing the sway.
spoken like a true "Its got a be a truck" to fix the sway issue guy!

Personal experience suggests something very different! Especially when talking about pulling light trailers with a small light weight mid size trucks such as a Tacoma or Frontier! VBEG

One of the best tow vehicles for a nice solid tow no matter what the weather conditions where - high winds, snow, pouring rain you name it, was a smallish cross over vehicle.
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Old 09-15-2016, 10:50 PM   #17
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Heres a link to the Casita forum post on the Arvika and someone who has one.
Bicycle Carrier - The Casita Club Forum - The Casita Club Forums
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Old 09-16-2016, 02:00 PM   #18
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did u install anti sway system on the trailer hook up??

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After a lot of searching online I found the Arvika (Canadian company) tongue mount bike rack. It's pricey so I haven't purchased it yet but it will probably be the one. I found this real life review very helpful. Arvika Bike Rack Review | Travels Trails & Sails
We did one trip (1000 miles) with our 2 bikes on a rear bumper mount...never again! For the first time ever we experienced sway problems and our bikes got thrashed by all the bouncing around.
Good luck with your search.
Because if u did then u should not of had a problem.
also I have seen many trailers going down the road with bikes attached and not only bikes some with motor cycles but they have done it right from the start and made it all legal by not blocking the license plate. I have also seen bike racks installed on front of vehicles as they have installed trailer hitch and done it that way, it is what ever works of you.
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Old 09-17-2016, 12:23 AM   #19
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Stromberg-Carlson makes a rack that mounts on the tongue above the propane tanks and I believe it can hold 2 bikes. I use their generator stand on my Casita 17' with a Honda EU3000 generator. Total front add-on weight is 69 + 134 lbs. To offset this weight in back, I carry a cargo rack with box (106 lbs) OR bike rack with 2 34 lb bikes (105 lbs) mounted on an Orbital Machine works hitch.
Rides like a dream. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER carry both in the back at the same time!!! Talk about swaying like a drunken sailor!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 09-17-2016, 03:05 AM   #20
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bike rack verses Pick up truck for TV

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Stromberg-Carlson makes a rack that mounts on the tongue above the propane tanks and I believe it can hold 2 bikes. I use their generator stand on my Casita 17' with a Honda EU3000 generator. Total front add-on weight is 69 + 134 lbs. To offset this weight in back, I carry a cargo rack with box (106 lbs) OR bike rack with 2 34 lb bikes (105 lbs) mounted on an Orbital Machine works hitch.
Rides like a dream. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER carry both in the back at the same time!!! Talk about swaying like a drunken sailor!!!!!!!!!!
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I guess if one does not want to attach a bike to the trailer in any way would it not just be a better way to have Pickup truck for a TV and put the bikes in the back of it?
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Old 09-17-2016, 08:59 AM   #21
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We have used a Swagman hitch bike rack on the rear of our 16' Scamp for 3 years. I also have a friction sway control bar, which I consider absolutely necessary to control trailer sway, especially with the rear bike rack. I've found that I need to keep the bikes tied down to the rack frame and the rack's frame nuts secure.
Considered adapting my Saris roof bike racks into tongue racks, but haven't proceeded. I also add weight to the front of the trailer ( camping supplies and/or golf clubs and/or suit cases). I pull with 2012 Highlander.
One warning note: I tie the bike wheels into the wheel frame of the Swagman. In Arkansas 2 years ago a wheel had bounced up and out of the frame and was dragging on the asphalt until another driver alerted us. One bent wheel and chewed up tire was replaced in Galveston.



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Old 09-17-2016, 09:45 AM   #22
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I guess if one does not want to attach a bike to the trailer in any way would it not just be a better way to have Pickup truck for a TV and put the bikes in the back of it?
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That's the solution that I came up with... decided to pull with an open truck bed and put all the outdoor stuff there. Everything else goes into the trailer. It seems to be working well the last couple of times.
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Old 09-17-2016, 02:26 PM   #23
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David, I also tie the bike wheels in to the loops or trays. I use the plastic wire ties. Only thing they are good for one time use, but I buy a bag of 100 and it lasts awhile.
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Old 09-17-2016, 04:12 PM   #24
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I buy reusable ties from Lee Valley Tools.
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Old 09-17-2016, 05:36 PM   #25
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Thanks Glenn, I didn't know about those
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Old 09-19-2016, 10:38 AM   #26
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Casita and ARVIKA

We have a Casita 17'LD we have had the ARVIKA bike rack for over 3 years. As full timers it has served us well. You need to understand you will have to lift the bikes up fairly high, so if that is an issue you may not like it.
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Old 09-19-2016, 11:14 AM   #27
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I like this bike carrier a lot - https://www.walmart.com/ip/17043484 . It can be set up to carry 4 or 2 bikes (just do not attach the second half for 2 bikes configuration). But the most important feature is that it holds bike wheels, but not frame like other carriers. So you can easily attach bikes without a top frame bar or women bike.
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Old 09-19-2016, 08:18 PM   #28
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RE: Bike Rack

I tow my Scamp with a Ford Ranger pickup that has a hitch on the front and carry my bike in front.

However, I also have a welded up mount that slips over the hitch on the back, in front of the ball. There is a short piece of vertical square tube welded to the top of the part that fits around the hitch. Another section of square tube slips over the short vertical stub and a bike rack is welded to that. A hole drilled through them has a bolt or pin so it does not jump off.

I might suggest a 1 1/2 inch long piece of square tube of the size that will slip over the attachment that holds the ball of your hitch, and weld the bike rack to that. Then you can easily remove it when not needed.

I have no luck adding attachments to replies here, but if you send me an e-mail to handleyj@frontier.com I will reply with pictures.

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