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Old 07-14-2007, 10:34 PM   #15
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I'm not saying I wouldn't use a front hitch rack, but be careful. I once had one on a VW microbus and nearly ruined some bicycle wheels by scraping them on the asphalt coming off a downhill slope.

The Hollywood tow and go rack uses a 2" inch receiver hitch. Has anybody seen anything like this for a 2 5/16" ball? Are they safe?

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Old 07-15-2007, 01:35 AM   #16
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I'm not saying I wouldn't use a front hitch rack, but be careful. I once had one on a VW microbus and nearly ruined some bicycle wheels by scraping them on the asphalt coming off a downhill slope.

The Hollywood tow and go rack uses a 2" inch receiver hitch. Has anybody seen anything like this for a 2 5/16" ball? Are they safe?

In a word - NO!

Maybe towing a lightweight utility trailer, but never something as heavy as a travel trailer (even as pictured). That will push the tongue weight out to far for the TV to properly handle it - don't ask me how I know this .

I'm not an engineer so I can't give you a mathematical formula as to the increased torque on your hitch and frame, but pushing the tongue weight out like that can/will cause hitch failure and substantially reduce your ability to control your TV.
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Old 07-15-2007, 07:01 AM   #17
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We did the same as TomW and are having no trouble with weight ...check your vehicle's book.
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Old 07-15-2007, 07:21 AM   #18
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My Swagman towing rack has a 2" tube that goes over your hitch draw bar and the bicycle rack post mounts to that. The small additional weight is not a problem.
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Old 07-15-2007, 07:41 AM   #19
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Then there's this solution...

Downtube 2007 VIIIH ( front suspension internal hub) Bike VIIIH

You can carry them in the trailer or anywhere you have some space. No derailers to get bent and dirty either.
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I carry our two bikes in the truck bed. They look really good there and people think we are serious riders. On our last six-week trip I think we rode a total of less than five miles.

The PO installed a 1 5/8” receiver on the back of my Limited. When I bought the trailer my wife bought me a new Reese bike carrier for my BD and I had a 2” adapter made for the receiver and carried the bikes on the rear for two years. I had to use bungees to assure me that the bikes wouldn’t damage the trailer. I think the way the PO had installed the receiver minimized the frame damage potential but I had the receiver removed due to the lack of clearance. When I backed up the slight angle on my RV pad the receiver badly gouged the concrete and put a lot of stress on the trailer.

If I couldn’t carry mine in the bed of the truck I’d go for the front receiver. Unless your TV is really light duty I don’t think the 75 – 100 pounds (wild guess) on the front is enough to worry about.
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Just to be clear...

I wasn't referring to the added weight of the bicycles, which is quite minimal. If you look at the picture in the first post you can see that this adaptor places the towed trailer further away from the towing vehicle.

That is what will cause weight issues. Think of a lever and a fulcrum - the further out you put the weight on the lever, the more leverage you have.

Looking at my (very crude) drawing, you can see a lever and a fulcrum on the top. The bottom shows what happens when you push the weight out on the "lever" (your extended hitch) without a fulcrum supporting it.

Extending the hitch and hauling a heavy Travel trailer puts to much stress on your hitch and can lead to hitch failure. You may not notice it at first, but it will bend/break your hitch on the TV.
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Thanks all. Very good responses.

One alternative no one mentioned was to carry the bicycles on the roof of the TV. Any comments on doing this? My wife wants to carry them on the TV roof, but I'm afraid she will tire very quickly of lifting then up onto the roof.

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Absolutely correct, I attended a "Physics of Towing" seminar at Perry and they went into a lot of detail about this.
If you can shorten up your hitch/drop bar an inch or two it will help with sway etc.
I'm having my drop bar modified to save 4" it will cost about $75 but if I have better control money is nothing.

So make it longer is just not the thing to do.

Put the bikes on the back of your TT
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Thanks all. Very good responses.

One alternative no one mentioned was to carry the bicycles on the roof of the TV. Any comments on doing this? My wife wants to carry them on the TV roof, but I'm afraid she will tire very quickly of lifting then up onto the roof.

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I think you answered your own question, it is a pita to get them on and off, not to mention the wind resistance <mpg.
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Bob,

We used to carry a canoe on the roof and I never could figure a way to reduce the wind noise transmitted through the roof. I tried twisting the straps but there still was the noise. The noise may be something to think over and possibly some other posters have found a noiseproof method they will share.
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Do you mean the noise from the straps or the canoe?

The straps are tricky, too much twist is amost as bad none.

My canoe made no noise once I founf that out.
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Like many others here, we have tried many things. We did put a receiver on the front of our TV, and that works great. The only issue I have, and welcome any suggestions, is finding a bike rack that supports the bikes from the wheels, versus the cross bars.

Several years ago we purchased foldable bikes (Bike Friday), but in truth I hate to fold them up. I'd rather mount them on the front - if I could only find a rack that supported from the wheels.

At present, I end up carrying bikes on our roof. With a 4X4 Ford Excursion, this is no prize.
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