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Old 07-29-2014, 12:30 AM   #1
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Three wheel bike carriers.

Has anyone used the bumper mounted cargo carriers? My bumper on the travel trailer does not have a hitch. I have seen some installed with the u bolts on the rear bumper. I need some way to haul my three wheel bicycle. Pros and cons?
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LA... I pedal a three wheeler too.... and in my early riding days I used a hitch mounted rack for my trike. I found that the rear end whip on my rig was tearing up my two trikes. I cannot tell you that hitch mount would be more gentle ... but it might work or it might leave you wondering how things got so abused. In my case...I racked the cycles inside the RV...but biking is more of a reason why we bought our rig so making the interior a bike storage facility was our choice.
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I have a Curt bumper mount receiver for our bike rack. It works ok for local trips, but the bikes tend to bounce. This is related to the twisting of the bumper, which will eventually cause the welds to fail at the frame. I inspect mine on every trip.

So unless you get a "real" hitch weded to the frame (not bumper), you'll need to find another solution, long term.

I do like the convenience of the bumper mount, though.
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Thanks for your comments. I had read somewhere that they tended to tear the bumper off. Guess I will have to put it inside to transport it. You would think they would make a specific rack for these bikes.
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There are several companies making racks for recumbent cycles...but it is not the rack that is the issue....it is the rear of our rigs. The torque that the vehicle can create on the rear due to its weight and length is tremendous. It offers to the bike racks that are created for a car or shorter vehicle too much jerk and slam that it tears up the bike or the rack. I have a really great hitch mount rack for regular bikes that can handle the issues of RVing and down the road travel...but it still slammed my bikes around. Hate to say it but when you have a few thousand invested in each bike....you want them pristine when you ride them next. I was getting mine slammed into each other or against other objects and that was not going to fly in my book. So I fashioned a rack and tie down method inside the RV and I now have the her trike stacked onto a storage system over the his trike where both are safe. We had to rid ourselves of the dinette and the trikes go where the dinette used to be. Like I said...cycling was more important to us than having an RV as a home...so we now have what I call a really fine locker room.
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