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Old 11-18-2015, 12:42 PM   #1
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Selecting the best option for front mounted hitch for bikes

TV is 2014, F-250 Super Duty Super Crew 4x4 with 20" wheels. I trying to determine the best hitch option for carrying two bikes. Rack is a Saris Freedom with tray mount.

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Bodiak --- easily mounts to tow hooks, concerned it is too high. Reviews on the hitch are good, but for my truck and two adult bikes, I'm concerned it may impede my visibility

Curt -- there versions, below the front fasci rubber, mounted through the front fasci rubber, or mounted and comes through the air vent at about the same level as the Bodiak, I'm concerned the lower version is too low and the air vent version is too high and I hate to cut through the rubber fasci, but that may be the best option.

I would like to hear the input from anyone who has used any of these on a Ford F-250. If there are other front hitch options please offer those up.

FYI- truck cap has kayaks, bed is full, don't want anything in the trailer.

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Old 11-18-2015, 01:30 PM   #2
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Not on an F250, but it's a front mount hitch with a Hollywood bike rack. There is a threaded rod through the front of bike rack that the hitch pin slides though to tighten the rack down so it won't vibrate. Click image for larger version

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Old 11-18-2015, 01:31 PM   #3
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Removed the seats for visibility and use lower driving lights.


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Old 11-18-2015, 01:53 PM   #4
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Are you familiar with the Airstream Fiamma rack on the back of the trailer. We've been using it for several years and it works very well, bikes stay clean, easy to use.
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Old 11-18-2015, 01:57 PM   #5
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Not interested in the Fiamma, just front hitches.
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Old 11-18-2015, 02:01 PM   #6
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Sorry, not a F250, but I do use a front 2-bike Swagman rack on our 2008 Expedition. I also remove the seats for travel and have no issue with visibility. Generally don't travel at night, but obstruction to the headlights is minimal.
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I just ordered the curt for my F350, I'll update when I install it.


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Old 11-18-2015, 02:21 PM   #8
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Bob, which hitch did you use and what is the height of the receiver bar from the ground?

Sheriff, thanks, please let me know and pictures would be great.
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Been carrying my two Treks on the front of my Nissan Titan for ten years now. I pull the seats and drop the handle bars (one bolt on the Treks) and there is no visibility problem.

They do get "buggy" though and I douse them with Corrossion X on occasion as well.

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Silver eagle, I use the Swagman XC2 and the bottom of the receiver is about ten inches off the ground.
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I use a drop down hitch adapter on my F250 with front hitch. Vision is not obstructed and seats and handle bars stay on the bikes.
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msmcv51, what type hitch do you have on the front?
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I went to a parts place called Truck and Van Land, they got it in for me. It mounts to the front of the frame stubs. I had to drop the bumper and tow rings to install, then replace the tow rings and bumper. I will try to upload pictures later once it gets light.
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Thanks, I am most interested in the height of the hitch from the grind and distance of your rack's upright support from the grille/bumper.
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