Dual hitch adapter

Discussion in 'Cargo Carriers / Bike Racks / Other Storage Option' started by Ourkid2000, Aug 14, 2019.

  1. Ourkid2000

    Ourkid2000 New Member

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    How's everyone feel about the dual hitch adapter that has an extra 2" receiver for adding something like a hitch mounted 2-3 bike rack? Doesn't seem to be too much of an extension over a regular one. Seems ideal to me but your input is appreciated.

    Something like this:
    https://www.curtmfg.com/part/45810
     
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    It'll decrease your tongue weight limit. Also, you can't have the bike rack on while hitching up the trailer. The locking lever gets in the way. You'll have to hitch up the trailer first and then slide in the bike rack.
     
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    @the-one1 Never noticed that before, but it's pretty clear in the promotional photo:

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    If you have ground clearance, you can get this from harbor freight and use a lower drop receiver. But you'll still be limited by tongue weight. I have this below, I could not hitch up the camper with the bike rack on, the trailer lock got in the way and I could not go with a lower receiver due to ground clearance.

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    I used one with my starflyer. It worked well. Made the truck squat more, but I never had any clearance issues and it didnt cause the trailer to sway.
     
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    How do you determine the tounge weight?
     
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    Aladin Sane I'd rather be camping

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    We used the HF version with our old lighter Viking pup. I would not use it with the Starcraft HW we currently pull. It has about 400 lb of tounge weight, and extending that out another foot or so would put a lot of strain on the hitch if you ask me.
     
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    Many of these extenders and dual hitches reduse the tow rating and tongue weight rating of the vehicles receiver by as much as 50 %. ..
     
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    I wouldn’t use one of these adapters with a Santa Fe. With a full-size truck they may be viable, but it would add too much weight and leverage for most mid-size unibody SUVs.

    I used one with my old F-150 and tiny Apache Raven (500 lbs) and even that showed how much it magnifies the load. I personally wouldn’t use it again with any smaller TV or larger pup.
     
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    I'm kind of a bike snob and wouldn't trust any of my bikes on that clamp on style. Will it work? Maybe, would I trust it? Nope. When I'm not pulling the pup I have a 1up bike rack in the receiver. If I'm towing the pup, the bikes get put on crossbars on the roof.
     
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    Truth, I need to hitch up the camper, then put the bike rack on.... still didnt work as the Yakima bike rack (4bikes) is too long (deep) and the bikes end up hitting the propane tanks and camper roof....
     
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    Since this option, When added to a PUP, would sit higher than the campers roof, are you worried about reduction in gas mileage or towing difficulties from wind resistance hitting the bikes?
     
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    I use the bike bunk along with a cargo platform and a wheel chock style bike carrier for 2 bicycles. So my setup is not quite as tall as what I posted in the photo. But, yes they sit higher than the roof of the camper. Am I worried about the reduction in gas mileage? Not really. I'm sure the extra drag is not helping my gas mileage, but the family considers the bicycles an integral part of camping. So they come every trip and this is the best/easiest/quickest/safest setup I've been able to make work with what we've got. There are enough "holes" that the bikes dont really act like a sail. I bet its only a little less fuel efficient than having the bikes sitting on a roof rack on top of the pup which is quite common. A bigger concern with this setup really should be tongue weight. Everything adds up pretty quick and the bike bunk plus the cargo rack plus the bicycles probably adds close to 100 lbs if not more.

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    Here are some pics from the last trip out....learned that the bike bunk also made a relatively simple spot to strap the new grey water tank to as well!
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