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Old 02-23-2016, 03:49 PM   #1
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Mounting bikes to front of TV. Restrict engine airflow?

I am thinking about installing a front hitch receiver and bike rack so that we can start bringing our bikes with us on trips. Do you think the bikes will restrict airflow to the engine? I am worried about overheating while pulling the 5ver in the desert during the summer months.

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A couple of bicycles would provide little air blockage unless they have saddlebags and baskets. I think you'll be fine. You might want to cover the seats so you don't get bugs on your butt while riding them.


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Old 02-24-2016, 05:16 AM   #3
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if a few bicycles could TIP the scale of cooling.. cooling system was in trouble before the bicycles ..

but YES,,, NO saddle bags, baskets. covers. my opinion.
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Old 02-24-2016, 06:34 AM   #4
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We installed a front hitch to carry a beach basket for surf fishing. It doesn't seem to bother the cooling as long as I leave the big igloo cooler off and stow it elsewhere. Loaded up with cooler, ice, and fishing gear it is fine when we are not towing, but when towing, the cooling fan kicks on much more often than without - doesn't overheat, just that the fan runs more than usual ...... so we leave it empty when towing. Bikes are probably less restrictive than my 48 quart cooler.
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Old 02-24-2016, 10:48 AM   #5
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I ordered my front hitch from amazon yesterday (Curt hitch-$105) My plan is the same as yours.

I do not expect a heating issue, my GMC has an electric fan-like most of today's vehicles.

I will say that the transmission temp dropped 40-50 degrees by adding a transmission cooler to my V-6 truck.
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One thing to be a where of is making right hand turns with a 2 foot extension on the front and pulling a trailer. Your front end will need to go in to the oncoming traffic to have enough room for your trailer to make the turn. I quit using my rack because of that issue.

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