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Old 03-11-2015, 11:23 AM   #1
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Extending hitch for bike rack and tow

Hello All, I looked in the towing Forum and couldn't find any info so I thought I'd put it out there in the general forum. I have a class A 38' and want to add a bike rack between the tow and MH. A tow bar extension of about 8" to a foot would work but somewhat confused on the tongue weight factor. Have read that using a extension reduces the tongue weight by half. Is this a factor seeing the Roadmaster tow bar really doesn't put direct downward pressure on the hitch due to its swivel, like a trailer would.My hitch is rated 5000# pull and 500# tongue. The rack and bikes would be somewhere in the 100# or less range.There are only a few extensions on the market the rate 5000#. Any ideas??
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Old 03-11-2015, 11:49 AM   #2
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Hi Winnie 2000,
If the bikes are the kind one pedals, you should be fine. Based on the information provided, you have done your homework.
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Old 03-11-2015, 12:05 PM   #3
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Thanks Gary for your comment

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I have a Swagman -4 bike- with extended hitch-it is heavy & well built I suggest you contact them.
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I have a Swagman similar to what Deny has, plus the cover Swagman makes.
Mine does not extend the hitch though. It fits over the receiver.

If you get close to Palisade CO, stop by I will make you a good deal on it. Not interested in shipping it though.
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Thanks Clay and Deny for your advise. My quandary was the reduced tongue weight by extending the hitch. I still need the main receiver to be able to tow my car. I'm planning on mounting the bike rack to the extension. Thanks again.

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With the unit I have you don't need the extension. The bike rack fits over the receiver so you can have both the rack and use the receiver to tow.
I towed my Honda and carried two bikes on the rack at the same time.
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Here's an option. I added a second receiver. I had a hitch shop add a second receiver to the top of mine. My BIL did the same with his. It solves some height issue for tow bars and gives you a second receiver for a bike rack. I hated adding the heavy/bulky extension, which can often cause dragging issues. Just in case there are any hitch police viewing, it towed my boat and Silverado for ten years.

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Tho not working with a bike rack, we did a bit of extension on our receiver to make certain we didn't have the trailer hitting the bus ... but to your question regarding tongue weight, I don't think you have to worry about that towing 4 down .... you are correct in thinking about that ...... #justmy2cents
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Don, great idea on the second receiver.
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I want to thank all of you for your ideas with my issue. I feel now I can figure this out. Happy motoring.

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Extending hitch for bike rack and tow

Unless this are very heavy bikes, tongue weight is unlikely an issue as you are flat towing a toad.

I do like the idea of adding a second receiver. I currently have bikes on the back of the toad and want to move them to the Motorhome. My bike rack can use a 1" receiver, which may be even easier to add. Better than a double reciever extension I was considering.

What a great forum. (-:
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I am carrying my spare on an extention/adapter - is this what you need to do?





I plan to get a small boat and pull it.
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