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Posted: 03/19/19 11:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hey all, so we got ourselves 2 bikes and had a receiver with 2 pins installed on the front of our 2015 Silverado 2500HD High Country. Now we have to find a bike rack. I've done some research and Swagman xc2, Hollywood, Thule and Allen Sports seem to have ones that will work. Wanted your input on brands/models that you have that works well. Thanks for your input!!!!


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Posted: 03/19/19 06:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I installed a Curt hitch on the front of our 2500 and use this carrier by Thule:
Thule 2 bike carrier
I shimmed the hitch to cause it to tilt back a bit allowing greater road clearance when the carrier is installed.


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Posted: 03/19/19 06:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We use a Swagman XC2 with our Curt front mount hitch. Bikes are rock steady. Be careful not to scratch the hood of your truck and remember you now have 2' of additional overhang up front.


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Assuming it is a 2 inch receiver be sure to buy a rack that has a 2 inch leg not a 1 1/4 inch with an adapter for 2 inch. IMHO the smaller leg is not strong enough.
Our bikes in front bounce around quite a bit and we bunge them to the front of the TV. We have a Saris that is not made anymore.


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We have used the Swagman since 2012. We average more than 8000 miles a year. It wokrs very well. Bikes are held very stable.


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How is the visibility with the bikes on the front? And do you have problems fitting into parking spaces?


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Dick_B wrote:

Assuming it is a 2 inch receiver be sure to buy a rack that has a 2 inch leg not a 1 1/4 inch with an adapter for 2 inch. IMHO the smaller leg is not strong enough.
Our bikes in front bounce around quite a bit and we bunge them to the front of the TV. We have a Saris that is not made anymore.

Why place bike up front where they block some view, possibly turn signals and head lights.
Why not place on a pin box receiver, no added length cab protects from most bugs and zero bounce.


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rhagfo wrote:

Dick_B wrote:

Assuming it is a 2 inch receiver be sure to buy a rack that has a 2 inch leg not a 1 1/4 inch with an adapter for 2 inch. IMHO the smaller leg is not strong enough.
Our bikes in front bounce around quite a bit and we bunge them to the front of the TV. We have a Saris that is not made anymore.

Why place bike up front where they block some view, possibly turn signals and head lights.
Why not place on a pin box receiver, no added length cab protects from most bugs and zero bounce.


I know if I add a bike rack someday it will be on the front of the truck like what they are talking about here. On our previous fifth we had our bikes on the pin box. Some of the reasons why I would want it on the front of the truck is for the ease of loading vs standing on a ladder or my tailgate, bugs are an issue either way at least it was for me. Not to mention if one is close to their RAWR it takes that weight off the rear axles. I can't imagine bouncing is that much greater on the front either. Now that the kids are older and don't camp with us anymore, we keep our two bike in back with the seats folded up. No worry from bugs, weather, or theft and easy to load.

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Hey kids. So the ladder on our Montana is not good. It would not support bikes on it. Also the Montana does not have a rear bumper or even a place to install a receiver easily. That is why we opted to have the receiver installed on the front of the truck. We know there could be issues with lights and turn signals. But we try never to pull in the dark. Also we normally go between 200 to 300 miles on travel days. Once we are at a park, we could move the bike rack to the back of the truck on the receiver that's already there.


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Hammerboy wrote:

rhagfo wrote:

Dick_B wrote:

Assuming it is a 2 inch receiver be sure to buy a rack that has a 2 inch leg not a 1 1/4 inch with an adapter for 2 inch. IMHO the smaller leg is not strong enough.
Our bikes in front bounce around quite a bit and we bunge them to the front of the TV. We have a Saris that is not made anymore.

Why place bike up front where they block some view, possibly turn signals and head lights.
Why not place on a pin box receiver, no added length cab protects from most bugs and zero bounce.


I know if I add a bike rack someday it will be on the front of the truck like what they are talking about here. On our previous fifth we had our bikes on the pin box. Some of the reasons why I would want it on the front of the truck is for the ease of loading vs standing on a ladder or my tailgate, bugs are an issue either way at least it was for me. Not to mention if one is close to their RAWR it takes that weight off the rear axles. I can't imagine bouncing is that much greater on the front either. Now that the kids are older and don't camp with us anymore, we keep our two bike in back with the seats folded up. No worry from bugs, weather, or theft and easy to load.

Dan


Well bikes on the pin box aren’t an issue if you have enough truck.
Even with the old 2001 Ram 2500 at 1,700# over GVWR still had axle and tire to spare.

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