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Old 06-22-2016, 03:20 PM   #1
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Bike Racks

Any cyclists out there? I have to bring cycling into my travels. The first challenge was how to get a bike rack on the TT. The dealer recommended that I bolt a receiver to the bumper. He said they do it all the time and never have never run into a problem.

My brother tried this three years ago and it ripped off his bumper. I called the manufacturer and they told me ABSOLUTELY NO !! The dealer still insisted on bolting the rack. They said they would repair the bumper if it broke. Not good enough !! I'm picturing my bikes dragging on the road somewhere north of Jasper as we travel west this summer.

I insisted they install a receiver on the TT for the bike rack. They pushed back and were very reluctant to do the installation. Anyway, I had to have a receiver custom fabricated and installed.

Anyone else had any experiences? Opinions?
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How much did that install set you back if you don't mind me asking? Looking into something similar myself.
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Old 06-22-2016, 04:22 PM   #3
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Without question, a receiver type rack is by far the best way to go. What a headache to get to where you are, but you now will have the most stable & practical system available.
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How much did that install set you back if you don't mind me asking? Looking into something similar myself.

It was CDN$500 for the custom fabrication. There are lower cost options on the market. For some reason, none of them fit my TT.

It seems totally solid. But, the extra weight on the back of the TT is very noticeable and causes a lot of bounce. I wonder if it is better to install one over the tongue - if the truck can handle the tongue weight.
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Old 06-23-2016, 09:36 AM   #5
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I was told by the dealer to never mount anything to the bumper, and there's a sticker on it too, saying the same. Here's a video showing what can happen:

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Our dealer reinforced the bumper be welding a piece of steel to the bumper and the frame the bumper was mounted on. Then they bolted a receiver to the bumper. We had no problem since the bumper was reinforced first.
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Our dealer reinforced the bumper be welding a piece of steel to the bumper and the frame the bumper was mounted on. Then they bolted a receiver to the bumper. We had no problem since the bumper was reinforced first.
That's all you need to do along with a getting a sturdy bike rack.
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I put ours on fork mounts bolted to the under side of the dinette. Works like a charm.
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We had a 2" receiver installed as recommended by the factory. They did not recommend a bumper mount. We will be using a Swagman RV rack. Next weekend will be its first trip. Hopefully everything works well.


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I also wanted to be able to easily move the rack from the TT to the TV. I want to be able to take bikes to the trail head without having to take the TT. Got a Yakima Swingdaddy which works great.

I am a little miffed at the dealer. My bikes are not really expensive, but $6K is $6K that I don't want to see smashed all over the road. They were telling me what I needed to hear to make the deal.
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