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Posted: 08/14/20 10:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

for Years I hauled 2 Mopeds on my Draw-tite front Hitch with a motorcycle carrier with no problems I like it when I can see them also some folks say it cuts down wind flow to the radiator but I never experienced that and yes they got bugs on them but so what just cleaned them up when I got to the next Resort


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Front on my Silverado. Easy/peasy.


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I have both front and rear with a camera. I prefer the front for keeping a much better eye on them.

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For reference, how the bikes look on the the different types of bike racks. I didn't think I'd like the stand up one because it sticks out further, but it's easier to load and sits lower. Light output is fine and I haven't had any overheating issues though i've only towed a trailer once and that was last week in the poconos.

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We used to haul two bikes on the front of the truck. I liked it until we had to drive in the dark a couple times. That was not pleasant. With the purchase of a new trailer (with a hitch on the back) we now haul the bikes on the back of the trailer. I like this better.


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I just purchased a Rola Convoy for my fat tired electric bike. It is very heavy duty and is rated to carry one bike at 80lbs and can be adapted to carry up to 4. Most other racks do not go that high. It also tilts for trunk access and storage. It states however, that it is not for use on travel trailers, motorhomes, or other recreational vehicles. Probably due to the fact that it tilts rearward very easily by just pulling up, out, and down. It can be locked in the up position however with a supplied pin. In fact, the whole rack can be locked in the receiver and the bike hold-down locked so it cannot move.
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Just make sure if you use a rack on the back of the trailer it is not the kind that folds down. The back of a trailer bounces more than the back of a car or truck so that hinge can brake. Yakima makes a rack designed for this with a solid elbow connection. It is a 4 bike rack and we usually carry 3 bikes so it works well. Haven't had any issues.

I researched the idea of a front hitch, but already had a hitch on the back of the trailer, so that made more sense. I liked the idea of having them up front, but lots of people complain of dirt, bugs, etc when on the front. You also would not be able to put a cover on them due to not being able to see through the cover and no headlights at night.

We were following a 5th wheel the other day and his bikes were mounted more to the right side, with the cover I could not see his right tail light. It turns out his left tail light was out so he essentially had no tail lights in the back. I wanted to tell him, but we pulled over before he did. Hope someone told him before he got to far, this was in MT and he had CA plates.

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I have bolted in the Curt hitch and it looks like a very good quality unit. It came with very detailed instructions and the installation was easy. The folding CCM rack I have Works well but is quite flimsy. It is made for a 1-1/4” receiver and has an adapter for 2”. i decided to build a sturdier one, using the tire cradles and steady post From the CCM. [image] [image]

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Looks good, and a safe way to haul, with the constant visual contact, no worries. You may even use the front hitch for parking the trailer, or boat, if needed.

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The main part that slides into the receiver is now 2” and the cross tube is welded solid so it no longer folds. I also moved the vertical post off center to better suit the bikes I have. It still wobbled due to the loose fit of the receiver. So I welded a couple of 1/2” flange nuts to a metal strip that I can slip inside the 2” rack Tube and fasten in place with a couple of bolts from the outside. It is rock steady now! [image] [image] [image]

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