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Old 09-08-2019, 10:05 PM   #1
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Receiver Bike Rack

I'm looking for recommendations on a good hitch mount bike rack for the back of my travel trailer. I know that I need a solid frame mounted hitch and I intend to install a camera as well so I can keep an eye on them. I need to haul 4 bikes and I'm willing to buy a good rack as some of our bikes are quite expensive. I'm finding that most rack manufacturers discourage using them on campers and some void their warranty for doing so. Any personal experience and recommendations would be awesome.
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We use a Thule XT Pro with the 2 bike extension*, and, frankly, I've been a bit disappointed in it. It's advertised as being no-frame contact, but the clamp arms always end up in contact with the brakes. If I had it to do over, I'd be seriously considering the 1UP racks. They're only RV rated for two bikes, but given my wife and I have full carbon road bikes, the total weight will be about the same as two down hill bikes.

*Yes, I know, it's not trailer rated, but, I'm betting my trailer's suspension is far enough above average that it's good enough.
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We use a Thule XT Pro with the 2 bike extension*, and, frankly, I've been a bit disappointed in it. It's advertised as being no-frame contact, but the clamp arms always end up in contact with the brakes. If I had it to do over, I'd be seriously considering the 1UP racks. They're only RV rated for two bikes, but given my wife and I have full carbon road bikes, the total weight will be about the same as two down hill bikes.

*Yes, I know, it's not trailer rated, but, I'm betting my trailer's suspension is far enough above average that it's good enough.



I love the looks of the 1Up but was reluctant due to the 2 bike rating. At the same time none of the racks are really rated for camper use. We are hauling 3 mountain bikes and 1 cruiser, so a bit heavier than what you have. Besides rubbing brakes did the Thule rack seem to holb up to the abuse of riding on a travel trailer?


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Besides rubbing brakes did the Thule rack seem to holb up to the abuse of riding on a travel trailer?

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Off the top of my head, we've about 7000 miles on it. It seems to be holding up well, except that the brake contact is causing wear on the soft rubber of the clamps. But I'd much prefer that over the clamps wearing away my brakes. That said. given the wear, I'm not sure I'm going to get more than a few years out of it. Which is a bit unfortunate, given the price.
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I've had the Wageman (sp?) two bike holder for a few years and it work well. I tie it back to the also with a ratchet strap to the bumper to stop movement as I read that the movement could affect the TT bumper to the point of failure.
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Old 09-09-2019, 01:25 PM   #6
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I've had the kids' 3 bikes on the 1Up for thousands of miles behind the trailer with zero issues...and they don't have carbon bikes.
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I have been using a ladder mtd. rack but it has been a pain. am considering the swagman xc2 but not sure of the bumper capacity of my freedom express 246 rks. anyone know how I could find that out. it seems more solid than others I have looked at but I cant find anything in the literature about it.
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As you explore the many different possible bike rack options, be sure that you get one that is rated for the back of a trailer. There is added stress on the bikes because of their position on the end of a bouncing trailer rear end. I know this because our bike rack failed and that is how I found out about the different bike rack strengths.
Keep us posted on which one you decide to go with and why.
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I have a Kuat rack with the extension. It easily hauls 4 bikes but it is very heavy ( 75lbs). You want to stay away from the hanging racks as they tend to beat the bikes together. I have hauled my bikes many miles with no issues on a TT and on a 5er. As heavily built as it is I believe if you ran into it you would total your car before damaging the rack. I do not know of the official position on using behind an RV.
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As you explore the many different possible bike rack options, be sure that you get one that is rated for the back of a trailer. There is added stress on the bikes because of their position on the end of a bouncing trailer rear end. I know this because our bike rack failed and that is how I found out about the different bike rack strengths.
Keep us posted on which one you decide to go with and why.
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What brand/style of rack did you have that failed?
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I just discovered Recon Racks which are RV rated with the caveat of no road bikes...
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I bought the 1up-usa.com system and installed it a couple weeks ago. Have a Rad Rover ebike that weighs about 70#'s so I knew I'd need a heavy duty rack on my Jeep. Haven't taken a trip yet so no advice yet. I also have a Thule hanging rack I tried but I wasn't comfortable with the bike hanging from it's frame.
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I'm considering this one. I talked to them on the phone and they are ok with camper use if it's tied back to the bumper with ratchet straps from the top part of the rack to take the bounce out of it.

https://www.altaracks.com
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