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Old 04-30-2012, 03:36 PM   #1
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Bike rack / rear bumper

Just took delivery of my new 2013 Aerolite tt. The old Aerolite hybrid had a different set up for the bike rack using the spare tire bracket. My bumper was too thin to support anything. Here is a picture (05' Aerolite bike rack)

My new tt has a very strong bumper where I need to design a bike holder for at least 2 bikes. I was kind of looking for the type where each tire of a bike slipped into a holder, rather than a bike rack that attached to the bumper in one place and attached to the bike frame. My thinking is the weight of two bikes will be supported at two points on the bumper. Here is a picture of the new RV of the back bumper area (2013 Aerolite). I can move the spare tire over, but I'm not sure if that will block the view of the taillight.

I'm looking for a good website where they have a lot of bike rack choices.
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Old 04-30-2012, 03:43 PM   #2
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If the bumper doesn't have supports welded to the tt frame, I'd take it to a shop and have them do it.
It's not the costs of the bikes but the cost of the accident behind you that you are preventing.
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Looking at the way the bumper is welded to the frame it looks very good. The end of the trailer frame rails go all the way to the back of the trailer. Looks to be very heavy gauge steel. Standing on the middle of the bumper I don't see any deflection or bending of the bumper. But to play it safe that is while I'm looking for a rack that attaches in two spots, both of which will be near the frame rail.
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You can either weld a receiver hitch on it or a flat rack with a center pole to give the bikes something to hold them to.
The 5ver I have was set up with the flat rack, clamped to the bumper and additional supports welded to the frame. It functions well and neither the previous owner nor myself have had any problems. My 5ver is an '08.
I'd take a picture but it's at the storage yard.
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The first thing I would do is contact the manufacturer of your coach. Some of the new units on our lot have stickers on them that say the warranty is void if anything is placed on the bumper that is not factory installed.
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check this out, happen to run across it a while back, I ended up going with a hitch style, so I know nothing about this one.

http://www.bikerackshops.com/vehicle...und_the_spare/
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check this out, happen to run across it a while back, I ended up going with a hitch style, so I know nothing about this one.
Great...I was thinking this adaptor I might be able to make. I have rack now that has a 2" receiver.....I can modify it to clamp onto the bumper....
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I am atil curiuos if any one has any experience with this hitch moumt bike rack from curt. Seems like a logical choice assuming there is enough room for this and a TT. I dond like the idea of putting my bikes behind the TT where you cannot see them.

http://www.curtmfg.com/part/18013#tab=reviews
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