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jukes

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Posted: 01/29/21 03:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

blaczero wrote:

Bottom line, don't do it. I had a 5 bike Thule rack on my 37' TT hitch and the bike rack itself broke.

The distance from the last axle to the hitch is greater than most bike racks are rated for, the bouncing is too much torque on the rack. Forget the bumper/hitch/mount itself, the rack will break.

Either get a rack on the front of your truck or top of the truck. Or this for a couple bikes: https://www.amazon.com/Swagman-80503-The-Straddler/dp/B07DVZML5X


Ok thx. Yes this confirms are thoughts! No bikes on back of trailer [emoticon]) will
Explore the other ideas. Thanks so much!

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jukes wrote:

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Explore the other ideas. Thanks so much!


For a while there was a mini-van running around town that had a unique idea about transporting his bikes. You know the type of rack that mounts to the trunk lid of a sedan, holds bikes behind the car? Mount it to the hood.

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Ok, so thinking to carry 2 bikes on front of the Excursion, then figure out the rest.. perhaps these, can also use the Bike Rack on my Mazda cx-9 when home ( i needed to get a bike rack anyways):
https://www.etrailer.com/fmr-2003_Ford_Excursion.htm?&Redirect=8
https://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Bike-Racks/Thule/TH9044.html

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They do make a rack that goes around the 2” hitch shank. It slides over and then you slide the WD hitch into the receiver. Just another, better option. That’s the problem with SUV’s. Lots of interior room for people and stuff, but no room for bikes. And not once did I even consider trying to lift 4 bikes up into a roof bike rack.

BTW, I had an 02 Excursion so I know exactly what you are talking about. But my trailer frame was an 8” I beam frame. So I could use a bike rack on the back of mine. But the bikes and rack have to be solidly mounted do they don’t bounce around!


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I had a 2" receiver welded to the frame of my camper. I then purchased two Swagman RV two bike racks, and then attached the rack part to a section of thick walled 2" square tubing. This made two-2 bike racks into one-4 bike rack. Works great so far, 20,000 miles of towing. See pic below.

Bike Rack

* This post was edited 03/03/21 06:19pm by tll *


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Front receiver is the easy answer, I've had 4 heavy Walmart specials on the front of my truck for most of the last 30k miles without issue other than occasionally scraping the pavement on a really steep driveway.


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Besides the strength problems of a rear receiver rack, I don’t see the TAIL LIGHT MODIFICATIONS NEEDED BY EVERY SINGLE ONE.

The motorcycle one is worst. Bubba, you NEED a second set of tail lamps mounted ABOVE the scooter. At roofline would be good.

As to someone with an Excusion, put them on the roof. Or get a toy hauler. Bikes ain’t a requirement, but safety IS.

The weight out back worsens the polar moment of inertia. Against trailer tires and against the worst designed tow vehicle of the past 25-years. Bad mojo all around. Trailer TW isn’t the issue (static measure placeholder), it’s the on-road dynamics of a combination vehicle. Camber change, wind gust, tire problem. Don’t make a bad thing worse.


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