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Old 03-31-2021, 06:27 PM   #1
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Front bike rack question

Hey everyone!
I have a GMC Canyon, towing the 5.0. My current bike rack is not rated to be on a trailer/ 5th wheel. I have 2 electric bikes that weigh 57lbs each with no battery in. Because of the rack weight limit I canít carry the bikes on the back of the trailer, all racks with my bikes exceed 150lbs.
My question is, would a front rack on the truck work? Does anyone do this? Iím not strong enough to put them on the roof of my truck.
So either I do a front of truck bike rack, or I put them inside the trailer which I donít want to do every time. Lowering that table alone is a pain (unless Iím doing something wrong) to lay a bike on.
Anyone have suggestions?
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Old 03-31-2021, 06:48 PM   #2
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I added a front receiver to my truck for a portable Warn winch, and eventually built a diamond plate aluminum box for carrying a generator. Worked super! Bikes should be good to go since you'll have full suspension damping up front.
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Old 03-31-2021, 07:15 PM   #3
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Are you thinking of using a front-bike rack while towing a 5.0? How would that work?

If it is a bumper pull, I can see that. We have bought Thule Insta Gater Pro which sit in the truck bed. But they would not be an option while towing a 5.0.

https://www.thule.com/en-us/bike-rac...r-pro-_-501501
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Old 03-31-2021, 07:35 PM   #4
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Are you thinking of using a front-bike rack while towing a 5.0? How would that work?

If it is a bumper pull, I can see that. We have bought Thule Insta Gater Pro which sit in the truck bed. But they would not be an option while towing a 5.0.

https://www.thule.com/en-us/bike-rac...r-pro-_-501501
Front receiver sits just below the front license plate. Plug the rack in there; the bikes ride just ahead of the truck grille.
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Old 03-31-2021, 07:45 PM   #5
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Front receiver sits just below the front license plate. Plug the rack in there; the bikes ride just ahead of the truck grille.
I did not know that this type of rack exists! Thanks!
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Old 03-31-2021, 08:23 PM   #6
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I did not know that this type of rack exists! Thanks!
Not a rack. It's a front receiver that you plug a rack into - same as the rear receiver for a stinger to tow a trailer.
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Old 03-31-2021, 10:05 PM   #7
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Bugs

Not sure where you travel but bugs can be a nightmare to clean off.
On one of our trips I took this photo. The amazing thing about the photo is that the night before the bugs were 10 x worse before the wasps ate most of the big bits.
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It has been discussed before but I personally think the hitch on the rear can hold a bit more than 150lbs so you should be fine. Just try and keep the bikes as close to the trailer as possible. For every inch the bikes are way from the trailer the more stress you are applying to the hitch. (I am sure there are bike racks sticking way the rear that fall within the 150 lbs but are applying more stress on the hitch than a 200 lb load close to the rear of the trailer would.)

However...and it is a big however...you must make sure you are maintaining at least 10 to 12 percent of your trailer weight on the tongue. Otherwise your trailer will be tail heavy and sway to and fro down the hwy.

I don’t think the limit was set because it was going to bend or break the hitch. I think it was set to 150 lbs as it was easier than relying on people setting up the weight of their trailer correctly.
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Old 04-01-2021, 07:37 AM   #9
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I have the same question so Iím following this intently. Our current plan is to get one electric bike and place it on the bike rack. If we choose to get a second electric bike it will most likely be a folding version that can go in the back seat of the truck, in the trailer or on the back in the rack. This gives us lots of options.
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Old 04-01-2021, 04:29 PM   #10
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I posted a similar question on the facebook group and there were some helpful answers. The one that seemed most feasible was reinforcing the receiver hitch that takes the bike rack to receive more weight. It's a welding job so we have to find someone who knows what they are doing since not in our wheelhouse. My husband called escape and they said they would not go more then 150. we have a one up bike rack which is about 47 pounds. Never thought of putting bikes in trailer.....maybe one on rack and one in trailer
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Old 04-01-2021, 04:33 PM   #11
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My question is, would a front rack on the truck work?!
Sure... in daytime, assuming that you don't need your daytime running lights or turn signals to be properly visible.
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Old 04-01-2021, 05:00 PM   #12
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Not sure where you travel but bugs can be a nightmare to clean off.
On one of our trips I took this photo. The amazing thing about the photo is that the night before the bugs were 10 x worse before the wasps ate most of the big bits.
This is a photo of the front of our Sprinter taken at Graham Island State Park in North Dakota on our way back from picking up our Escape 19 in Sumas, WA last September.

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It was a grass hopper massacre.
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Front mounted balls are great for maneuvering your trailer into tight places with little clearances....
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Old 04-01-2021, 07:25 PM   #14
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It has been discussed before but I personally think the hitch on the rear can hold a bit more than 150lbs so you should be fine. Just try and keep the bikes as close to the trailer as possible. For every inch the bikes are way from the trailer the more stress you are applying to the hitch. (I am sure there are bike racks sticking way the rear that fall within the 150 lbs but are applying more stress on the hitch than a 200 lb load close to the rear of the trailer would.)

However...and it is a big however...you must make sure you are maintaining at least 10 to 12 percent of your trailer weight on the tongue. Otherwise your trailer will be tail heavy and sway to and fro down the hwy.

I don’t think the limit was set because it was going to bend or break the hitch. I think it was set to 150 lbs as it was easier than relying on people setting up the weight of their trailer correctly.
This has been mentioned in previous threads on this subject - if one of the issues is the potential overweighting of the rear end of the trailer, one could move the entire spare tire to the front underneath the trailer or some have mounted them on the kingpin box; in both cases you're removing about 40 lbs?? off the back and adding it to the pin weight; would this help to carry more weight on the rear hitch?
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Front mounted balls are great for maneuvering your trailer into tight places with little clearances....

Sure. IF you can see around the trailer.
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Sure. IF you can see around the trailer.
I don't see any maneuvering going on in that photo.

It may be easier to use mirrors when you are going straight back into a tight space. But, if you don't have a straight shot into your parking space, a front hitch makes it much easier to maneuver into it.
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