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Old 03-23-2013, 06:46 PM   #1
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Bumper attached cargo rack

We are looking at getting 2 small folding trike's for use around the RV park in camping areas we go to, but storing them in our Class C is going to be a pain during travel because of their size and the worry of damage to the furniture if they move around or anything. The idea is to get a cargo carrier for the back of the RV that should be plenty large enough to carry them (and a few other small items if we want).

Our problem however is that we intend to get a Blue Ox setup for our Smart car, and I'm told that you don't want to put a hitch mounted cargo carrier between the rig and the Blue Ox for many reasons that all end badly for the car and house.

The solution seems to be a device that someone staying at the same RV park as us has on their back bumper. A cargo rack that is secured to the frame of the bumper, above it, not involving the hitch. The only problem is that I'm having a pain in the neck of a time trying to find this thing online or more info about it.

I'll see if I can get a mfg name from the one here in the park if I get a chance, but I couldn't see anything marked on it so far. I have however, found a similar looking setup in an image online...



Can anyone tell me who makes this, or something like it, and more to the point where I could get my hands on one?

Any owners with first hand experience with something like this?
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You need a rack that fits on the tow bar between the MH and the tow car, like this: 3 Bike Swing-Down Towing Bicycle Carrier
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You need a rack that fits on the tow bar between the MH and the tow car, like this: 3 Bike Swing-Down Towing Bicycle Carrier
OP comments trikes, not bikes - hence the need for a platform-like carry.
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You need a rack that fits on the tow bar between the MH and the tow car, like this: 3 Bike Swing-Down Towing Bicycle Carrier
I think we need more of a flat cargo platform for the folding Trike's we're interested in. I'm amazed there isn't one like this built for that, but I guess it would probably introduce a lot more engineering issues than a few bikes haninging off of one given point.

Something like the picture I posted in the beginning of this thread seems ideal, but I can't figure out who makes such a thing! I know they're out there, I've seen them... I just can't get a mfg name to go with any of the pictures and the one on a rig at our RV park has no markings and the owners are never home to talk to.
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Since they are folding trikes, would you consider putting them IN your toad?
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Our toad will be a Smart FourTwo. Not enough room in there. With a rack like this however, we could get both on there, and our small grill as well, keeping a bit of our cargo area open and cleaner to boot.
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We are looking at getting 2 small folding trike's for use around the RV park in camping areas we go to, but storing them in our Class C is going to be a pain during travel because of their size and the worry of damage to the furniture if they move around or anything. The idea is to get a cargo carrier for the back of the RV that should be plenty large enough to carry them (and a few other small items if we want).

Our problem however is that we intend to get a Blue Ox setup for our Smart car, and I'm told that you don't want to put a hitch mounted cargo carrier between the rig and the Blue Ox for many reasons that all end badly for the car and house.

The solution seems to be a device that someone staying at the same RV park as us has on their back bumper. A cargo rack that is secured to the frame of the bumper, above it, not involving the hitch. The only problem is that I'm having a pain in the neck of a time trying to find this thing online or more info about it.

I'll see if I can get a mfg name from the one here in the park if I get a chance, but I couldn't see anything marked on it so far. I have however, found a similar looking setup in an image online...



Can anyone tell me who makes this, or something like it, and more to the point where I could get my hands on one?

Any owners with first hand experience with something like this?
I have been looking for the same thing. I have seen 2 with the ability to attach the spare tire as well. I can't find any for sale online.Did you locate a manufacturer?
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The attachments for the pictured rack are built into the frame, it's a factory option on a few models.
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The attachments for the pictured rack are built into the frame, it's a factory option on a few models.
^ This. We have one on our SportTrek; it was an option at the time of manufacture. They make the frame a little longer at the factory and then attach it on the frame forward of the bumper.
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