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Old 08-28-2015, 04:34 PM   #1
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Using a dual hitch for a bike rack and toad

I was at a dealer during my travels and inquired about a dual hitch for my two bikes and my Jeep Wrangler. He said that it could be an issue with making turns in that the bikes might hit the Jeep. Has anyone had any problems with this? I already have two different bikes on my toad so I need this as an alternative to the ladder bike rack.
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I used a dual hitch receiver for a combination spare tire carrier/bike rake. Never had a problem pulling the my Jeep as far as clearance but the problem was I had to use an extension to get the dual receiver out far enough so it didn't hit the fiberglass on the back of the motorhome. With this extra distance the bottom of the hitch would drag & eventually the hitch failed at the weld. Luckily this happen while pulling out at a filling station.

You might get some sort of roller system to put on the bottom of the hitch to take the brunt of the force. I have done this with my recent system which isolates the draw bar from the tire carrier.
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Old 08-28-2015, 05:46 PM   #3
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You don't need a "dual hitch." Just get a draw bar that is a bit longer. Hook your toad to the draw bar and get a Swagman bike carrier that fits around the draw bar...plenty of room.
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my Allen 4-bike rack on a Reese dual hitch works well...27k miles, no prob
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You need to look and see if you have the room. If you stack four bikes on a bike rack, they'll probably interfere with the front of the Jeep. The best way to tell is to hook up the Jeep, make a hard turn and check distances. Figure in what the dual hitch will add and you'll have your answer. Others can't tell you what will work, if they don't have the same set up.

Some bike racks lift the bikes very high on the back of the coach, but the nose of a Jeep is typically taller than most other toads.
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We put the bike rack on the toad. Problem solved.
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We put the bike rack on the toad. Problem solved.
Winner!

That's what I started doing after I realized the pivot point of my towbar wasn't clear of the upper hitch receiver.
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I was at a dealer during my travels and inquired about a dual hitch for my two bikes and my Jeep Wrangler. He said that it could be an issue with making turns in that the bikes might hit the Jeep. Has anyone had any problems with this? I already have two different bikes on my toad so I need this as an alternative to the ladder bike rack.
I have the Dual receiver and use 4 bike rack. It works great. The only issue is the safety chains for my enclosed trailer, and the safety cables for my tow dolly aren't long enough to reach back to the frame now, they require extensions. But overall it works great and I can see everything with the rear camera.
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