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docsouce

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Posted: 04/13/21 04:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I bought a Swagman Dispatch to carry our 2 bicycles on our Jayco 26xd class C. I set it up today with the bikes on it for the first time. Checking the set up out it seemed that the stop/directional lights are block out a little. Not much but when standing on either side the opposite light is not really visible. So have any of you folks that carry bicycles installed a set of lights on the outside ends of the bike rack?


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Posted: 04/13/21 04:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Easy to do. Better safer than sorry. CW and eTrailer both carry LED lights. Do you have a trailer plug at the rear of your C?


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I have done it... depending on the carrier a set of Tow Lights on a bar works well I had a cargo carrier UNDER the Bicycle and mounted on that.


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No need for extra lights from your description. But if you want install LEDs and plug into the trailer plug.


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I have the Swagman XTC4 and I noticed the lights can be blocked, but they show through the spokes. I hav been look8mg for very small LEDs. To mount on the rack or last bike. Haven’t come across them yet. The 4 bike rack sticks out pretty far. I’m sure by the law I need a flag or lights. I did install some reflective tape on the last support.


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Posted: 04/14/21 06:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The fact that you even posted about this shows that you know there is a concern. For all of you who have bike racks or anything coming close to your rear lights, please respect the rest of us and put on unobstructed lights. You can get magnetic towing lights at Harbor Freight for 32.99.

Do you really want to HOPE that I see your brake light through your bikes spokes?
Very small thing to do to show your consideration to others and your adherence to best safety practices. It is simply the right thing to do

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I noticed the same thing on my Swagman (especially if the bikes are covered) and good for you for taking notice and asking. There are lots of small plug and play lights that you can mount to make them visible. I would imagine a lot of the newer ones are LED so smaller and brighter. I just used an old magnetic tow light set I already had. I think I paid $30 at Lowes.


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docsouce wrote:

So have any of you folks that carry bicycles installed a set of lights on the outside ends of the bike rack?


I installed these on my Thule rack. They work perfectly. Had to do a bit of work extending the wires to reach the trailer plug, but they are just great.

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Good discussion - I was following a trailer last year in MT (near Glacier). They had 2 bikes on the back. I could see one tail light but not the other. I could see where this would get into trouble especially if changing lanes on the freeway. An approaching car could not see your intent and would not have time to react to your lane change. This idea of accessory lights is a great idea.

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Posted: 04/14/21 09:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yup, I have to relocate my bike rack, mounted on RV spare tire, which at first block the license plate, then the signal/stop lights. Well, now I don't mind at all that I have to put a rubber spacer as it's scraping the generator dinging both without it.

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