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Old 03-19-2015, 10:00 AM   #1
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Installation of bike rack on Trillium

Would like to be able to take our bikes with us but our trailer has a utility box installed over the bumper. Any ideas about how to attachma bike rack with this complication?
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Old 03-19-2015, 10:21 AM   #2
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Do you have any photos of how it is set up now, Jackie?
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Old 03-19-2015, 12:50 PM   #3
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what sort of bikes are you hauling and what vehicle are you using for towing?
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Old 03-20-2015, 08:57 AM   #4
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Box in back of trillium

This box is what came with our 1980 5500 Trillium. We haul it with a Toyota 4Runner and want to be able to transport 2 adult Trek mountain bikes. We could get rid of that 'lovely' box!
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Old 03-20-2015, 09:13 AM   #5
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would a roof rack on the 4 runner be an option or is that too high up in the air for you to put up and take down? My wife and I have a roof rack on top of our dodge grand caravan tow vehicle and carry both bikes (usually mountain bikes) there, we are kicking around ideas for better ways to carry the 2 kids 20" mountain bikes on the camper itself but haven't come up with anything we are both thrilled with.
we were both set to go the way of a modified rack on the front of the trailer on top of a storage box until our friend Trev pointed out that carrying bikes there puts you into the blind zone when backing up and could potentially damage both bikes and camper.
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Old 03-20-2015, 09:16 AM   #6
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Hi Jackie,
I'm currently starting to getting spring fever here and am also planning on adding a bike rack. Last summer I received some forum advice regarding the cargo box on my trillium and have since removed it altogether. My plan is to have a 2 inch hitch receiver welded onto the bumper to allow my hitch mount rack to attach at the rear. I have used a double receiver on the tow vehicle for a trip last year but it was a bit cramped and not advisable in my opinion. BTW 1 UP USA has an awesome bike rack I'm saving for that can go on the tow vehicle roof or the hitch-that's some nice flexibility there. Cheers Randy
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Old 03-20-2015, 09:24 AM   #7
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Randy, rear receiver needs to be more than just welded to the bumper. Lot of leverage type stress on a rear bike rack. This topic comes up frequently, try a search here for more ideas and opinions.
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Thanks Mary & Bob-good info
Jackie I'm not trying to steer you down the wrong road--still weighing options myself.
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Old 03-20-2015, 10:51 AM   #9
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Thanks for the suggestion but I am afraid that our 60plus bodies would find it difficult to lift our bikes up on our vehicles roof-now and more so into the future.
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Old 03-20-2015, 10:53 AM   #10
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Thanks Randy, if you find a good option please let me know and I will do the same.
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Old 03-20-2015, 11:40 AM   #11
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I use a front mounted 2" receiver which I put my bike rack into, use the new style rack in which the bikes stand upright and a arm holds the bike frame. Works great
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I tow my Trillium 1300 with a 4Runner, and have added a 2" receiver tube to the rear bumper along with a brace forward to the first crossmember under the camper. You can even buy a receiver tube ready-made long enough to span the distance without piecing something together. If your welder is competent, you should have no problem carrying two bikes.

The only issue I've had is making sure to add enough ballast ahead of the axle to maintain a safe tongue weight. Since I always seem to have plenty of easily shifted bags and boxes of gear, it's easy to tune that. If you're removing that big honkin' box, it'll probably be a wash balance-wise anyway. Click image for larger version

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Old 03-20-2015, 12:14 PM   #13
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I also have added a 2" receiver on the back of one of my Trillium 4500's. The bumper was a piece of sheet metal bent into a 4" x 4" square tube and tack welded along the seam that was on the bottom of the tube. That was replaced with a six foot long 4" x 4" 0.125 HSS, that my neighbor had left over from his own 2" receiver project. The receiver tube passes through the 4" x 4" tube to the next cross member.

We have used it for a bike rack, and a cargo platform. Here is a picture of our trailer with WAY too much stuff on the cargo platform. I had to load up water containers and put them in the gaucho to maintain tongue weight.
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Another consideration is blocking the tail lights. After trying two bike racks on the rear of our Uhaul, one of them bending, I built my own and added a set of lights on the rack. Next project for the Uhaul is a high mount tail /turn / stop light. Did add a high mount to the Casita before heading south in November but don't have a rear rack on it. Hauled the bikes in the truck bed. Considering a tongue mount bike rack for the Casita. Bikes are the biggest pain in the butt to haul around.
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