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Old 07-12-2016, 07:56 PM   #1
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Hello,,, I just bought a 1995 Holliday Rambler 5th wheel, I am new to this and was excited to try it out.. Problem I am having is how do I transport 4 bikes? I have heard horror stories about bumper mount bike racks? I have a quad cab truck, is there a good rack system out there that I can put on my truck to haul these bikes? Thank you everyone for your help.
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I haul two fairly expensive bikes in a Saris hitch mounted carrier. I imagine you could have a couple receivers welded to the back of the 5'er.

Lot's of options on amazon, etc.
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One option would be to get a few of these.

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Beef up the square tube bumber and use a hitch mount and a 4-bike rack. I did that with a Thule T2.
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Old 07-14-2016, 10:31 AM   #5
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I would recommend spending the money and getting a frame mounted hitch and forget the bumper. It's a lot of weight on the back and attaching to the frame is probably your best option. We did this without issue on our previous TT. We had a metal fabrication shop extend the bike rack so that it left enough room between the bikes on the carrier and the rear of our camper. I've also seen a few that have roof mounted bike carriers on their F350 dually. Would need to watch your payload weight with the second option.
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We had a bike rack on the back of our fiver up until we bought a cargo trailer. If you go the rack route, be prepared for the bikes to get incredibly dirty, even with a fancy cover on them. Driving through Utah after they started putting salt down was an absolute mess to clean off. Sure my frame is carbon fiber and I don't need to worry about it rusting, but that salt was pretty difficult to clean out of all the books and crannies of the bike. Click image for larger version

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We had a bike rack on the back of our fiver up until we bought a cargo trailer. If you go the rack route, be prepared for the bikes to get incredibly dirty, even with a fancy cover on them. Driving through Utah after they started putting salt down was an absolute mess to clean off. Sure my frame is carbon fiber and I don't need to worry about it rusting, but that salt was pretty difficult to clean out of all the books and crannies of the bike. Attachment 133011
Bigger risk here is the road grime working its way into components and bottom bracket. To the OP I would look to reinforce or install frame mount hitch and consider a nicer Saris or even my favorite 1UPUSA hitch if you have nice bikes.
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Definitely don't try to carry four bikes on a bumper mounted rack. If your 5er's can support it, have a 2" receiver hitch attached to the frame. You'll still have to deal with dirt and grime. If you cover them, be sure they don't obscure your tail/brake lights. Some folks have had a custom 2" receiver attached to the rig's pin box but clearance between the rig and the truck cab may make mounting four bikes difficult.

We have a couple of long wheel base recumbent bikes and got tired of the hassle of the rear mount. So we took the couch out of the trailer and built a base frame where the couch was using the item described in post #3 of this thread. Bikes ride inside out of the elements and avoid stresses of bouncing on the rear of the rig. Probably not a solution for everyone but it works for us.
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Bigger risk here is the road grime working its way into components and bottom bracket. To the OP I would look to reinforce or install frame mount hitch and consider a nicer Saris or even my favorite 1UPUSA hitch if you have nice bikes.

You're not kidding. It took quite a lot of work to get all the salt cleared out.
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Thank you,, thats what I am going to do.. my frame comes out of the camper and gives me about 3'' of frame to weld to.. I think that will be enough metal to weld to to hold 4 bikes.. Thank you guys
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