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Old 05-06-2013, 04:14 AM   #1
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Towing a Jeep Wrangler and bicycles?

anyone have any experience towing a jeep and bicycles on bike rack. I prefer not have the rack on the jeep since I would rather not taking those bike on/off for practical reasons. The rack will be on the rv hitch and will be used as permanent storage. Ive seen the dual hitch extenders, but the duals that sits on top is only rated 4000#. Anyone seen a dual that sits on top that is rated higher? I also saw a dual that is rated 10000#, but the dual sits on top and bottom... not happy with this setup since it reduces ground clearance. I use a readybrute bar and they have a 2" up down tolerance. With the jeep high up and the dual down... the ready brute will prob not be parallel to the ground. TIA for any advices or opinions.

Ideally, I would like the dual sitting on top with a 8000# capacity.

here is the 10000# Rapid Hitch | Adjustable Ball Mounts | Hitches Online

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We use the Blue Ox bike carrier, which uses a mounting sleeve that goes around your existing towbar tongue. Avoids the dual receiver problem, though you might need a towbar extension to get it positioned properly.

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I do the same as Diver. Works fine and leave the bike rack on the sleeve at all times. Works fine just need to use extra bungee cords at the bottom of bikes so they dont rattle and scratch bikes
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oooh, thanks for that guys... search is over. This forum rocks!
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When you get it, you might want to get one of the alternate bases that goes in the 2" receiver on your Jeep, if you ever plan on taking the bikes somewhere with it.

Also, we have the extended version which gets the bikes higher off the ground for clearance from the toad. And be warned - the darn thing is REALLY HEAVY.
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I just went with folding bikes (Mountain Equipment CoOP MEC) in Canada. They are OEM'ed Dahon bikes. I just fold them up, put into the bags and put them into the back of my JKU. Stay clean and out of the way,

Of course I do have to contend with the upright posture and 20" wheels. But for casual riding around a campground or town they are great.

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Can one of you that use this rack send a picture to the forum? I don't quite get how they work??
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Can one of you that use this rack send a picture to the forum? I don't quite get how they work??
I don't have mine with me, but here's a picture of the assembled unit:



The piece at the bottom goes around the tow bar stinger. Then the pole unit drops into that, with pins to hold it in place. There's also holes for a lock pin.

To use with a toad, there's a piece that goes into the 2" receiver that takes the pole piece, without using the "sleeve".

Do a Google Images search for "Blue Ox Bicycle Rack" for lots more pictures.
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Thanks! I see now. I was mistaken in that I thought this was something of a go-between to attach some other bike rack (ex Thule) to the blue ox tow bar. This does look nice though.
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