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amarie1

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I have a great bike rack, hitch-mounted, but it's for my Honda's 1.25 hitch.

My RV has a 2" hitch. Folks have told me 'oh you just need a converter.

Okay, What exactly should I be looking for at the Auto store or UHaul or Home Depot? 

thanks

AM

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5 hours ago, amarie1 said:

I have a great bike rack, hitch-mounted, but it's for my Honda's 1.25 hitch.

My RV has a 2" hitch. Folks have told me 'oh you just need a converter.

Okay, What exactly should I be looking for at the Auto store or UHaul or Home Depot? 

thanks

AM

Because of the G-forces at the back of an RV, I wouldn't trust any rack with a 1/25" tube. There are bike racks that are certified by the manufacturer for RV use. Swagman has several... this is the one we use:

Amazon link

Rob

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Oh. Dang. I'm going on a long trip (2200 miles), mostly interstate, leaving Wednesday, and spending a month at my destination. So ... just leave the bike at home? I don't have time to get that rack before I leave.

I've got this rack: https://www.1up-usa.com/product/quik-rack-single/

Just looked it up ... ARGH.

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Okay, that lets me cross off a bunch of stuff on my to-do list, then! LOL.  

AM

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3 minutes ago, amarie1 said:

Oh. Dang. I'm going on a long trip (2200 miles), mostly interstate, leaving Wednesday, and spending a month at my destination. So ... just leave the bike at home? I don't have time to get that rack before I leave.

I've got this rack: https://www.1up-usa.com/product/quik-rack-single/

still learning ... 

The rack itself weighs 23 lbs. and then you'll have the weight of the bike. That's a lot for a 1.2" tube (unless the the "tube" is solid). You might get by with it, but I would be nervous. If I recall, you're in a class C? Is there any way you could secure the bike inside the RV for the trip?

Rob

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There are racks made that attach to the rear ladder, if you have a rear ladder... As I recall, the bike then hangs vertically, which would allow you to tie it to the ladder at several points, giving more security and peace of mind. A 1.5" hitch with adapter is certainly a weak point for that much leverage and weight. You can also use that type hitch mount, but then attach a strap from each outside corner to an attachment point on the camper, relieving much of the weight and strain on the hitch connection. etrailer.com is a good resource for bike mounts, etc. Jay

 

 
 
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10 minutes ago, Jaydrvr said:

There are racks made that attach to the rear ladder, if you have a rear ladder... As I recall, the bike then hangs vertically, which would allow you to tie it to the ladder at several points, giving more security and peace of mind. A 1.5" hitch with adapter is certainly a weak point for that much leverage and weight. You can also use that type hitch mount, but then attach a strap from each outside corner to an attachment point on the camper, relieving much of the weight and strain on the hitch connection. etrailer.com is a good resource for bike mounts, etc. Jay

We have had two friends try to haul bikes on the ladder carriers.  In both cases, the ladder was pulled loose damaging the RV.  One of them lost his bike.  The ladders were not meant to carry that kind of dynamic loading.

I would try the adapter to the 2" receiver.

Ken

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41 minutes ago, TXiceman said:

We have had two friends try to haul bikes on the ladder carriers.  In both cases, the ladder was pulled loose damaging the RV.  One of them lost his bike.  The ladders were not meant to carry that kind of dynamic loading.

I would try the adapter to the 2" receiver.

Ken

Ouch!! I think I'll avoid that method! Jay

 

 
 
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