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Old 01-06-2019, 09:26 PM   #1
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Trailer Frame Receiver Question - Bike Rack Mounting

We're in the process of building out our 17B sheet for an end-of-May pick up. One of the items we are trying to work out is how best to attach our bike rack to the trailer while we tow.

I've seen in some videos that there are 2" receivers on the rear of (at least some) 17s. Is this a standard feature, or an unlisted one that needs requesting/installed?

I've also seen some front-of-trailer units that essentially put a 1 1/4" receiver between the trailer and the towing vehicle. Does anyone have experience with those? We are looking at getting the cargo box, which would complicate that a bit, but it's a consideration.

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Old 01-06-2019, 09:33 PM   #2
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bike rack ready with 2" receiver is a standard feature.
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Old 01-06-2019, 10:21 PM   #3
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I've also seen some front-of-trailer units that essentially put a 1 1/4" receiver between the trailer and the towing vehicle. Does anyone have experience with those? We are looking at getting the cargo box, which would complicate that a bit, but it's a consideration.
If it is really between the tow vehicle and trailer - not mounted on the front of the trailer - this is done with a ball mount extension which has an additional receiver socket for the bike rack. This is generally a bad idea, because it extends the hitch ball too far back, causing structural and stability problems for the combination.

A better idea if you have clearance for it is a rack mounted on the trailer... but clearance is a real issue. The lid of the cargo box is an obvious problem, access to propane tanks can be difficult depending on the position and design of the rack, and the wheels of the bikes can easily hit the tow vehicle in tight turns (depending on the bikes, the rack position along the tongue, the rack height, the ball mount length, and the tow vehicle shape and width). If you can make it fit, this is a good position for stable towing.
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Welcome Adam,
You do not mention what your tow vehicle is and type of hitch installed? Those adapters like these are not very stable as well as reducing your hitch capacity....best to use the trailer's rear mount for bikes.
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I've seen in some videos that there are 2" receivers on the rear of (at least some) 17s. Is this a standard feature, or an unlisted one that needs requesting/installed?!
It's a standard feature now, but was an option in prior years. I only mention this for those that may be reading this thread and are looking to buy a used trailer. Double check.

It was a $75 option on my 2014 5.0TA. I got it.
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Old 01-07-2019, 11:05 AM   #6
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I used the standard 2 inch receiver on the rear of our 19 for a bike rack. It works well and is very strong and not just clamped to a light gauge tube bumper. I considered a front mount rack that is Y shaped and bolted to the hitch, but it was higher and does make the hitch a very busy area. If you use the rear mount the rack should be rated for an rv bumper as it needs to withstand more movement. Also consider how you will provide a security lock and a bike cover. I recall following a good thread on this site about the various bike racks.
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Those adapters like these are not very stable as well as reducing your hitch capacity...
That's an example of the hardware that I mentioned earlier:
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If it is really between the tow vehicle and trailer - not mounted on the front of the trailer - this is done with a ball mount extension which has an additional receiver socket for the bike rack. This is generally a bad idea, because it extends the hitch ball too far back, causing structural and stability problems for the combination.
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I recall following a good thread on this site about the various bike racks.
Two good threads on the subject:
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BIKE RACKs once again...
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Welcome Adam,
You do not mention what your tow vehicle is and type of hitch installed? Those adapters like these are not very stable as well as reducing your hitch capacity....best to use the trailer's rear mount for bikes.
We're going to be pulling with a 2017 Explorer with a class 3 receiver, which with our engine should be rated to about 5k. We're planning on getting the E2 hitch for pulling the trailer as well, which should make a 17b fairly easy to pull.

We've currently got a Thule Vertex 4 (which I don't care for, doesn't fit our son's bike, bounces around a lot and doesn't appear to be RV rated). The challenge has been finding something that carries 3 bikes well.

The 1UP looks great, but seems to say it's no good with the 3rd rail expander on back an RV. Was also looking at the Arkiva over-propane mount rack as an option, but don't know much about them beyond "might probably work".

As far as those crazy hitch forks, I don't know what I would feel good about putting on one of those. Maybe a bike rack and one of those boat propeller spinners?
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We've currently got a Thule Vertex 4 (which I don't care for, doesn't fit our son's bike, bounces around a lot and doesn't appear to be RV rated). The challenge has been finding something that carries 3 bikes well.

The 1UP looks great, but seems to say it's no good with the 3rd rail expander on back an RV. Was also looking at the Arkiva over-propane mount rack as an option, but don't know much about them beyond "might probably work".
How about two bikes on the 1UP on the back and one bike inside the trailer? A bike could be easily secured and I think this is an often overlooked possibility.
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