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time2roll

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Posted: 03/19/21 08:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I made my own tire carrier that brings the tire forward toward the trailer to rest above the bumper instead of protruding to the rear as most seem to do. Used 2 pieces of C-channel steel from Home Depot bolted to the forward side of the bumper. Added some threaded rod to hold the tire. Works great for me.


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Posted: 03/19/21 09:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Time2roll,

Do you have a picture you can share? Sound like the solution I was looking for.

Mike

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Posted: 03/22/21 09:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I used a BAL Hide a Spare, it's just behind the rear axle. No issues to date.


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Posted: 03/22/21 09:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

speediq99 wrote:

Time2roll,

Do you have a picture you can share? Sound like the solution I was looking for.

Mike
I don't. Although I do expect to visit the trailer this coming weekend.

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Posted: 03/22/21 09:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

IF I am reading this right---this rack is for the rear of a travel trailer? If so, would it cause a sway issue due to weight transfer from the hitch to the back.
Not saying this was the cause, but the folks that crashed on the bridge in Idaho had some weight on the rear fold down bumper that might have contributed somewhat.

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Posted: 03/22/21 10:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The original poster didn't say, except to refer to his RV as a "trailer".
Hollywoods web site says (emphasis mine):

"This bike rack is not compatible with bumper pull, travel trailers or bumper mounted hitch receivers."

Hope he has a fifth wheel......

Besides the tongue weight concern noted above, there is the increased moment arm inherent in a trailer, made worse by using an extender. Might get by, but it would be a shame to be dragging expensive bikes down the road....


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Posted: 03/22/21 11:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thank you.

Let me look at their website regarding the rack and send them an email. I hope they are referring to bumper mounted receivers given the weight of the racks and not a 300/3000 hitch welded to the frame.

I would love to hear more thoughts on the issue of sway with a bike rack mounted in the back.

This trailer came equipped with a 300/3000 lbs hitch receiver from the factory. I would think they have given the sway issue some thought.

It is definitely worth checking into as I have been struggling a bit to get a comfortable ride towing and otherwise manageable trailer and Equilizer helped me set the wdh up. hmm!!!

Good points that I never considered.
Btw, it is a Traver trailer. I just send Hollywood racks a message.
Thanks again.

* This post was edited 03/22/21 11:48pm by speediq99 *

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There is no way I would put 300lbs on the rear of a travel trailer no matter what hitch was on there! [emoticon] (or 120lbs of expensive electric bikes. I have one also.)

As far as learning more about about sway with a bike rack (think weight) mounted on the back, just search the forum with the word "sway".
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Posted: 03/23/21 09:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am researching this but I agree with you. I am leaning towards tossing them in the back of the truck and skipping the hitch except for perhaps lighter bikes in the future. There are only two of us and we don't carry any weight on the truck at all.

I am looking forward to driving the trailer w/o the bikes. It is a new trailer and I don't think that I have ever driven it w/o them. It certainly could be the culprit of the uncomfortable floaty feeling I still get from time to time. I will post the response from Hollywood Racks when I get it.

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With bikes that have a removable front wheel, some have rigged a bike holder in/on across built in dinette benches.
There are a bunch of folding frame bikes available, even electric ones. I’m considering one for my wife. It would easily travel in the TT or truck bed.


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