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Lwiddis

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Posted: 07/03/19 08:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sam, IMO the “rack” rarely fails. The bumper or bumper receiver usually fails.

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Posted: 07/03/19 08:21pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

jkwilson wrote:

It’s because the bouncing will eventually bend it. Look atm Swagman. They have several models for RV use.


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Thanks, folks, and yes, I will definitely take a look at Swagman.

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I think it is a CYA thing but to be safe get one that is RV rated.

I have This one it fits in my 2 inch receiver and easy to load and I like the way it folds so I can get to the rear door of my large storage area without having to take it off,

As for the bouncing that others have talked about to make it less pronounced You need a good anti rattle device so you don't get so much play in the receiver,thus magnifying the movement and doing more damage to the bike rack.

I have tried almost every Anti Rattle device on the market, most have been no good or so complicated and cumbersome that they are useless. Including the Roadmaster type,totally useless.

Until I found the one at Hitch Rider.

Their Hitch Vice is the best and easiest one I have come across and it really works.


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I'm all in favor of a 2 inch post on the rack not the smaller size with a 2 inch adapter; for strength reasons.
We have a rack on the front of our TV and despite being held down with several bungees our two adult bikes bounce around pretty good on our bad roads particularly at bridge joints.


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Yakima makes a couple of RV-rated bike racks. One is called "Road Trip" and the other is called "Long Haul". We have the Long Haul and it has worked out very well.

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IAMICHABOD wrote:

I think it is a CYA thing but to be safe get one that is RV rated.

I have This one it fits in my 2 inch receiver and easy to load and I like the way it folds so I can get to the rear door of my large storage area without having to take it off,

As for the bouncing that others have talked about to make it less pronounced You need a good anti rattle device so you don't get so much play in the receiver,thus magnifying the movement and doing more damage to the bike rack.

I have tried almost every Anti Rattle device on the market, most have been no good or so complicated and cumbersome that they are useless. Including the Roadmaster type,totally useless.

Until I found the one at Hitch Rider.

Their Hitch Vice is the best and easiest one I have come across and it really works.


I also have the Swagman X2 carrier, but with the 1-1/4" bar, which I chose as it curves up giving more clearance to the in bed tool box. Mine doesn't use a standard pin, but a bolt the is used to draw the Rack tight to the receiver tube. I have zero issue with bounce with the bikes riding on the pin box.
My reason for pin box mount, followed too many with bike racks on the back of the trailer, thought many were going to bounce right off the rack! I have also seen a rack with bikes laying on the ground 4 miles from a state park!


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Addy15 wrote:

Yakima makes a couple of RV-rated bike racks. One is called "Road Trip" and the other is called "Long Haul". We have the Long Haul and it has worked out very well.


I have the Road Trip, and it works very nicely too, on the back of my class C motorhome. After 13,000 miles to and around and back from Alaska, over some none too smooth roads, and nary a problem beyond things getting really really dirty. (Well, a bit of paint was rubbed off the bike from the dirt and bouncing where it was held on the rack, but that's hardly the fault of the rack.)

There are a couple of other companies that make "RV-rated" bike racks. E-trailer lets you search their lines based on that criteria.





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I use a bike rack mounted on the front of my F250 (truck camper). I put the seat posts inside the cab. Doesn’t block my lights,not that I do much night driving. Doesn’t interrupt the airflow to my engine. We crossed the country several times with no problems. Just switched this week to folding,electric assist Blix+ bikes. Two fit easily behind the seats in our SuperCab after removing the rear folding seat and seat back. Going for initial test flight tomorrow. I may write a report if I survive.

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