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Old 04-24-2016, 06:49 AM   #15
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Hitch Extension for Moped/Motorcycle Rack?

Originally Posted by abehoda View Post
Any chance to get a pic of your bike rack close up? Or what make. I'm having trouble finding something that fits between my frontier and 16 ft Scamp.
Since this was not mentioned before, it bears saying now. Every hitch extender I have ever seen includes a warning that it reduces the tongue weight rating of the vehicle by half.

So let's say your trailer has 250 pounds tongue weight. And let's say the bikes and rack weigh 75 pounds. That's 325 pounds. Now add a hitch extender to the picture... your vehicle needs to have a tongue weight rating of at least 325x2, or 650 pounds.

Moving the ball attachment point further from the tow vehicle is not good for towing stability, either.

Please don't shoot the messenger!

A number of folks have built custom racks attached directly to the tongue that carry the bicycles up high over the battery and LP tank(s) and close to the shell. Much better, and less likely to cause turning interference.

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