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Old 07-12-2012, 10:40 AM   #1
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If not on the rear bumper, where to put the bikes?

I've seen other posts regarding mounting bike racks on the rear bumpers, which is apparently not recommended due to stress on the frame.

I was checking ours out and am in a quandary since we didn't really want to put them on top of the TV.
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Old 07-12-2012, 10:54 AM   #2
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It's A toss up I think, There are plenty of people out there doing it. but you have to remember bikes are not light. Figure 35+ pounds each. I am going to build my out rack for the back, but I reinforced my frame when I did a shell off.
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Old 07-12-2012, 12:21 PM   #3
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I am presently using a bike rack that mounts on the rear hatch of my tow vehicle, which works well for me. Some put bike racks in front of the front bumper of the tow vehicle using a front-mount hitch receiver. Some people put them in the bed of their pickup, and there are racks for that to keep them upright and secured. I have also run into people who strongly recommend folding bikes.

Lots of choices.

Check the Thule or Yakima sites for ideas.
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There is enough clearance between the back of my Suburban and the front of my trailer for three bikes without interfering with turns. Your situation may vary depending on the geometry of your tow vehicle, trailer, and hitch although in most cases you should be able to fit something in there.

Also for some tow vehicles there is the possibility of a tire-mount bike rack on the spare.
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I went the front receiver on the TV route, and so far, it is working out just fine. Kind of nice to keep an eye on those bikes.
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Airstream offers a rack that mounts on top of the rear bumper and attaches to the rear of the trailer. However, you are limited to where you ride based on where you park your trailer, unless you load your bikes in a pickup or another rack.

I found this rack from TopPop that mounts over the propane tanks and they are visible in the rear view mirror. Plus I had a bracket made to attach to my hitch so I can remove the rack, mount on the car/truck and transport to another location to ride.
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Kudos to all responders, there are some great ideas here. I'm leaning towards reinforcing the rear trailer under-structure to support a receiver.
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Kudos to all responders, there are some great ideas here. I'm leaning towards reinforcing the rear trailer under-structure to support a receiver.
If you are going to do this I would start between the axels and go back about 8 feet. Welding something into the C- channel is the best. But don't catch your floor on fire when welding. I could be hard to do with the floor in.
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Old 07-13-2012, 06:49 PM   #9
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I would be careful with anything that is rear bath with adding to the bumper area.

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My bikes usually ride inside the TV and sometimes in the Safari. Never outside except for a short drive to or from a ride. But that's just me.
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We just carry our 4 bikes inside the Airstream when traveling leaned up against the gaucho. They are first out when we get where we are going. If security is an issue during our stay, we just cable lock them together to a tree. Seems a lot of work to have them hanging off the back of the trailer or tow vehicle when you could carry them easily inside the trailer.
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We just carry our 4 bikes inside the Airstream when traveling leaned up against the gaucho. They are first out when we get where we are going. If security is an issue during our stay, we just cable lock them together to a tree. Seems a lot of work to have them hanging off the back of the trailer or tow vehicle when you could carry them easily inside the trailer.
This is what we have done, but with my wife and my bike, plus the two kids bikes, and the twins trikes it's a lot. I'm planing on putting our bikes on the roof of the TV and the kids bikes in the trailer this trip. I want to build a rack of the back, but after seeing the one above the propane tanks I kinda like that idea. But it will add more hitch weight
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There are bike suit cases that you can take the wheels off your bike and pack them in a suit case that you can then throw in the trailer or the tow vehicle. I have also put bikes in large roof trunks. I usually just put the mountain bike inside the front of the trailer. It gets to be a pain as to where to store it once you get to the campground. I am not a big fan of letting bikes sit out in the weather on a bumper mount.

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I saw a Airstream that had a bike rack mounted on the A frame between the gas bottle cover and the trailer. He said it was a commercial rig that he bought, not a homebuild. I think it held 2 bikes.
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