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Old 08-18-2014, 11:40 AM   #1
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Weight capacity of "bike rack ready"

Does anyone know the weight capacity of the bike rack ready option on the Escape 19? I'm thinking of using it to carry a small Subaru generator ~ 45 lbs. I've searched the forums, it certainly isn't an original idea; but I'm not finding anyone that actually does it.
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Old 08-18-2014, 11:56 AM   #2
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I've read where some members have used the receiver to mount Allen 3 bike racks. When fully loaded they are much more than 45 lbs, so mounting a small generator there shouldn't be a problem. Standard 2" receiver.
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I thought the weight rating was 200 lbs for that option
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Does anyone know the weight capacity of the bike rack ready option on the Escape 19? I'm thinking of using it to carry a small Subaru generator ~ 45 lbs. I've searched the forums, it certainly isn't an original idea; but I'm not finding anyone that actually does it.
mine has a sticker saying receiver capacity 150 lbs.
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#150 on mine also, but you can request optional $$$ extra reinforcement for up to 500# if my memory serves me correct!!
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sorry was going off memory, I guess I was wrong.
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:15 PM   #7
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So then sturski, as long as the gen and the platform it sits on are under 150 lbs, you should be good to go, right?
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Although not a problem at the size being considered, I'll note that how far the load extends from the hitch is also a factor. The further out it is, the less weight can be supported before overloading the structure. For an example, the hitch on my van is rated for 350 pounds of trailer weight on a ball, or 250 pounds on a platform centred something like 18 inches beyond the hitch.

For both structure and vehicle dynamics, the generator would really be better on the bumper rather than behind it... but of course the spare is already there and the hitch is available so the hitch is the practical choice.
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I carry my generator in the trailer or in the tow vehicle.
My point being, that I can keep it where it will be secure and out of the way when not running.
And, when it is running, I try to move it so that the exhaust ( and noise ) isn't aimed at my neighbours.
If it is locked down on the trailer, you don't have those options.
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So then sturski, as long as the gen and the platform it sits on are under 150 lbs, you should be good to go, right?
I'm going to add it to my order and give it a try. I'll look for the smallest carrier that will fit.


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I carry my generator in the trailer or in the tow vehicle.
My point being, that I can keep it where it will be secure and out of the way when not running.
And, when it is running, I try to move it so that the exhaust ( and noise ) isn't aimed at my neighbours.
If it is locked down on the trailer, you don't have those options.
I'm not necessarily looking to run it there, just transport it. The bed of the truck is generally occupied by my avatar and I'd really like to minimize the amount of stuff I move in and out of the trailer when we set up. I'm going with solar and 2x6v batteries. I'm hoping not to use the generator; but my wife uses a portable oxygen concentrator and I need to have a plan B for power.

I understand the theft issue. The Subaru replaced a Honda 2000 that was stolen. I'll need to lock it down.
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