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MoInEd

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Getting ready for the camping season with our new trailer I spent the last few days building a bike rack to carry 4 bikes. The idea is borrowed from the one by Lippert components but I custom made it to fit our trailer. The only changes I made to the trailer was:
- stiffen the connection between the 2x4 tube and the bumper (added a 1/4" plate on top).
- Stiffen the connection between the 2x4 tube and the I-beam: they were welded together at two connection points along the length of the tube but I added a snug fit hardwood 1.75"x3.75" filler into the tube and then added two 5/8" thick bolts through the tube/I-beam. So even if the welds fail, the bolts hold the two.

I added the spare tire and then stood at the tip of the rack and made small jumps, feels very solid.
Have to paint it.


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steveblonde

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looks good only faults i can see is are the welds from the bumper to the frame strong enough to support all the extra weight? and all that weight on the rear will lighten the hitch weight, and with all the frost heaves and bumpy Alberta roads its gonna bounce, but it looks like you did a nice job (y)(y)
 

MoInEd

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looks good only faults i can see is are the welds from the bumper to the frame strong enough to support all the extra weight? and all that weight on the rear will lighten the hitch weight, and with all the frost heaves and bumpy Alberta roads its gonna bounce, but it looks like you did a nice job (y)(y)
Although i have stiffened the connection of the bumper to the beam (added a 1/4" thick plate) there is almost no weight on the bumper, if i remove the hockey pucks (which are only to reduce vibration) the whole weight are on those 5/8" thick pins and the beam. I have calculated the torque on the pins are about 3000lb (with a weight of 300lb of rack and bikes). That's nothing compared to capacity of the pins.
I also did weigh the hitch and it is still heavy enough even without loading the storage area at the front of the trailer. So all should be good.
 

Jo.Hab

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May 16, 2022
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Seattle
Looks really good. If someone's looking for a bike rack for their RVs. This review is a good one.
I purchased the Futura GP. Can say it's quite safe, the most reliable security system of all the racks I tried. It also can be used for a variety of vehicles if you ever change from RV to a normal car.
 
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