Want to be able to use our 4 bike rack

Discussion in 'Cargo Carriers / Bike Racks / Other Storage Option' started by MoiraW, Jun 3, 2019.

  1. MoiraW

    MoiraW New Member

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    Hi, I have a 1997 Coleman/Fleetwood Pop Up Cheyenne and Yakima 4 Bike Swing Daddy Bike Rack. I need to know what I need to use both together--is there some way to have it go between the vehicle and trailer or better to attach it somehow to the bumper of the trailer? If so what needs to happen? TIA.
     
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    Sjm9911 Well-Known Member

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    The bumper on the trailer would probably not work well. It will un ballance your pup.
     
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    Any hitch receiver splitter is going to mess with your tongue weight capacity because it changes the distance from the hitch to the coupler. Rule of thumb is that your max capacity is now halved - the actual math is close to that and really complicated with a lot of variables.

    Putting a hitch on the tail requires beefing up the bumper, making sure you are still tongue heavy to offset the fulcrum swinging the other way, and also probably requires adding in anti sway of some type

    Roof rack bars are a solid option- either on the camper or the tow vehicle

    If you want to add it to the tongue area without messing with max capacities, this also is a decent option
    https://www.strombergcarlson.com/product/bike-bunk-model-cc-275/
     
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    Eric Webber Active Member

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    Depends on how light the tongue is. Mine runs heavy with two batteries and two propane tanks. Plus a cargo tray. More than enough to offset a couple of bikes and the rack.

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    theseus Centerville, OH

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    If you really need to use the Yakima rack, have a receiver installed on the front of your vehicle.
     
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    I thought 4 bikes would be a little rough. Even with added weight on the toung!
     
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    I dont want this to happen!
     
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    Thanks for all this info. Safety is number one, then ease and cost. Would attaching a trailer hitch bar to the mainframe of the trailer help or should we just get a roof rack— concerned about attaching anything to the roof and causing other problems.
     
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    theseus Centerville, OH

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    Just out of curiosity what do you do with the front tires?
     
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    I think that may be the easiest option. Curious about the tires, plus did you order direct? Can’t find prices or order info on the site at first look.
     
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    I made my own using some aluminum angles and tubes. A local portal member had bought too much aluminum and sold me his excess which was just enough for my build.
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    As for tires, I have a couple of webbing straps that I secure the front tire to the bike frame so it hangs on the bike (can't find a picture with the tires attached).
     
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    Thanks for the suggestion. After talking to both etrailer and a local modular rack dealership this looks like the solution. Found a distributor in Canada (where we are) and it should arrive later this week.
     
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    I modified some Yakima fork wheel holders to attach to the bar.
     

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