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Old 09-10-2014, 11:07 AM   #1
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Thumbs down Mounting a full size adult tricycle

I need to mount a full size (26") adult tricycle on the ladder of our DP.
I am considering removing the outboard cross bar from a standard ladder mount bicycle rack, then the rear axle of the tricycle will be able to slide forward to the bike mount closest to the ladder.
any ideas or suggestions.
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Old 09-10-2014, 12:16 PM   #2
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Not a ladder mount but I recently saw a hitch mount, not at all unlike the one I use for my bicycle, excpt it was designed specifically to hold a tricycle Kind of neat.. Forget where I saw it but if I saw it you can google for it.

I would not hang a tricycle on a standard RV ladder... Why not you ask?

Well I tip the scales at 300 pounds plus.. I tore the ladder right off my motor home (Even with added cross bracing) it simply could not take me climbing on it.. That Trike, does not weigh 300 pounds, but bouncing down the road the moments of force can be greater than what I did to my ladder.. In short, I fear the trike woudl pull the ladder off your rig.

I hung a convertable ladder on a couple of hooks I had made out of bumper diamond plate aluminum.. Now .. It holds my 300+ no sweat.

It is convertable, Extension for roof work,, Step for sides and such.
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Old 09-10-2014, 03:56 PM   #3
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....That Trike, does not weigh 300 pounds, but bouncing down the road the moments of force can be greater than what I did to my ladder.. In short, I fear the trike woudl pull the ladder off your rig......

I doubt if it would be a problem. If you hang a 40 lb trike on the ladder, you would have to subject the coach structure to 7+ Gs to approximate 300 lbs of weight. Short of a major accident, I wouldn't envision the coach being subjected to more than 2G, maybe 2.5G max momentary. 7 Gs would likely flatten all six tires and shatter the windshield, not to mention render the driver unconscious within a few seconds. I've had a 40 lb folding ladder hanging on my coach ladder for two years and 20K miles with no ill effects.
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Here is a link to the tricycle rack that we got for my adult trike:

Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 Trike Carrier for 1 Trike and 1 Bike - 2" Hitches Hollywood Racks Hitch Bike Racks HR1450R-TRKADP2

This is also the cheapest price I found for a carrier.
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I doubt if it would be a problem. If you hang a 40 lb trike on the ladder, you would have to subject the coach structure to 7+ Gs to approximate 300 lbs of weight.
You are talking about up and down You forget that a TRIKE is wider than a BIKE, and thus there is torque to consider, not just weight.. 40 pounds bouncing on a bracket 3 inches from the ladder is not much (only 10 foot pounds of torque) 10 pounds 3 feet is 30 foot pounds of torque TIMES THE G-FORCE,

And the average of that 40 pound trike will be about 1.5 feet, so where as the bike was divided by 4, the trike is multiplied by 1.5 or more, making it what 16 times as powerful at mashing your ladder.. So it's not 40 pounds it's 640 pounds, effective, compared to a bicycle.

The hitch hauler however has the strength to take it and not bend It is much much stronger.
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.....there is torque to consider, not just weight.. ...So it's not 40 pounds it's 640 pounds, effective, compared to a bicycle. .....
I guess that would explain all the trashed motorhome ladders we see littering the roadsides of America, along with the bicycles, tricycles, chairs, grills, canoes, kayaks, and mopeds (yes, I've seen a moped hanging on a MH ladder) that were hanging on them, torn right out of their mountings by that pesky torque factor.
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