Hauling Bicyce between TV and trailer - Fiberglass RV

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Old 06-21-2016, 10:18 AM   #1
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Hauling Bicyce between TV and trailer

I am exploring whether I can haul a couple bikes between my TV and my trillium outback using a Curt 45810 hitch and a bike rack added to it. Has anyone done this? Is there enough space back there to clear the tongue jack, propane tank(s), etc. Having read many comments on NOT putting it on the rear bumper of the trailer, I am thinking an up-front solution might work. My TV is a Subaru Forester so can't do it up front on the car.
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Old 06-21-2016, 11:28 AM   #2
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Don't most Subarus have a hitch weight limit of 200 pounds? I think you'll likely exceed that. Also, the longer shank on the drawbar puts the ball further aft, increasing the lever effect and reducing towing stability.

Several forum members built custom racks over the battery/propane tank close to the shell. That would be a little better for tongue weight and a lot better for turning and hatch clearance.

In my mind the best solution would be a roof mount system on the Forester. That way you can take the bikes somewhere away from camp to ride if desired.

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Old 06-21-2016, 01:06 PM   #3
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We just put the bikes inside our TV and the boats on top so we can drop the camper and explore the waters and trails. Our TV is a Chevy Trailblazer so there is plenty of room inside.
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Old 06-22-2016, 11:01 AM   #4
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WE had a problem with sway when the bikes were on the back ended up taking front wheels off and securing the forks to mounts that I bolted to the under side of the hatch covers. So I just remove front wheel flip over the hatch covers and secure the bikes. The added weight up front has been a good thing. Sorry can't figure out how to add pics. Cheers JT
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Old 06-22-2016, 12:54 PM   #5
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I and my local welder made an addition to my hitch that accommodates a bike rack. It does limit your turning so you need to watch your turning when it's in use. The bumper on the TV does handle the weight better than the trailer.
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Keep in mind that, boat or bicycle, you want to be able to get to the trailhead or the boat launch, without dragging the trailer along.
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Old 06-22-2016, 01:22 PM   #7
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I suspect that a standard bicycle is about as long as the Forester is wide, so you will effectively be extending the Forester by the the length of the mount and the 1/2 the width of the bicycles.

When you back up in a tight turn, how much clearance do you have now? With the new effective length of the tow, your clearance will be reduced that much.

Good luck with your decision.

You may want to check the customer reviews for this product on Amazon. It doesn't work for everybody.

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