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#1 OUT&aboutHOUSE

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 05:19 PM

I am hoping to get some feed back on how well Bicyle racks travel on the back of Casita"s? I've heard horror stories of RV's having welds breaking and bouncing bikes? Thank you Mike

#2 clover

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 10:19 AM

I am hoping to get some feed back on how well Bicyle racks travel on the back of Casita"s? I've heard horror stories of RV's having welds breaking and bouncing bikes? Thank you Mike





We have been doing it for 3 years on the back of a 2003 SD 17'. We had a receiver hitch hitch added that is welded to a cross bar that was in turn welded to the frame, NOT the cheesy bumper. We had our first blow-out last week with it attached. It was a tread separation, so we are NOT thinking it is due to the extra weight. Some have indicated it is important to balance the bikes (or other weight on the back) with the tongue weight of the Casita. We do pull with a F350 diesel because we live on a ranch.

There are probably several factors to consider. But from a vibration standpoint of either the camper or the bikes, that has not been an issue with us.

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#3 Sue and Sandy

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 06:21 AM

This discussion about bumpers and the physics of carrying things on your trailer has a lot of information.
Post #7 has a list of other bike carrying discussions:
http://www.casitaclu...__1#entry131986

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#4 pemsit

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 06:23 PM

I am hoping to get some feed back on how well Bicyle racks travel on the back of Casita"s? I've heard horror stories of RV's having welds breaking and bouncing bikes? Thank you Mike

I saw that on a class A one time on I-10 draging them down the road.

#5 2wiresdave

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 04:24 PM

The big trick here is to verify that the bicycle rack itself is rated to be on a trailer. Most are not. I am not an engineer but the load on the bicycle rack itself is much greater on a trailer than on the rear of a vehicle. Think about riding in the back seat of a schoolbus over a bump. I once saw a rack that failed and that got me looking into this.
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#6 clover

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 06:34 AM

The big trick here is to verify that the bicycle rack itself is rated to be on a trailer. Most are not. I am not an engineer but the load on the bicycle rack itself is much greater on a trailer than on the rear of a vehicle. Think about riding in the back seat of a schoolbus over a bump. I once saw a rack that failed and that got me looking into this.



The bike rack I mentioned above is the Swagman XCS 2 RV rack. We got it at Camping World , apparently it is designed for the back of an RV. It has served us well for 3.5 years.
http://www.swagman.n...ler-xcs-2-rv-2/

http://www.campingwo...bike-racks/8166

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#7 labcdef

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 03:47 AM

We have the same one as Clover and have had it on the front of our F-150 (in full view) and their is absolutely no vibration at all. This is the best bikerack I have ever used in over 30 years of RVing.
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#8 OUT&aboutHOUSE

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 07:59 PM

thank you for all your postings. mnb

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 07:01 AM

Added a (Curt) front hitch & a bike rack to our Nissan--have had no problems.

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#10 Rainy Day

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 12:03 PM

Added a (Curt) front hitch & a bike rack to our Nissan--have had no problems.

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At Moab with bikes on
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We have the same set up an this and the one that labcdef (Randy & Martha) have and is a great way to carry the bikes. :dncinban:

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