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April 19, 2016 – 2:19 pm
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I recently purchased a new pickup truck with a  cap on the back of it and I have been thinking about how best to transport my bicycles when I go for a daily ride and when I go camping and have the trailer.  Allamuchy Joe showed me his set up with fork mounts on a 2×4 in the bed of the truck.  I liked that and I even had the fork mounts in my amazon shopping cart.  Then I found a receiver hitch for the bumper of my trailer at a yard sale for $5. 

Hmmmm Now I’m thinking of getting a bike rack that fits the receiver hitch on the truck when I am driving around town and I can then switch it to the bumper of the TT when I go camping.  Or I may go back to the fork mount bracket and 2×4 setup…..but then I loose cargo room in the truck when camping…..but it will be locked up and out of the elements. 

What type of hitch bike rack do you have?  Do I need the $400 Thule bike rack or can I get the $50 Harbor Freight one if I go for a hitch rack? 

Matt O 2006 Skyline Nomad 27′ travel trailer.  Previously owned 1986 Coleman Columbia / 1992 Coleman Senecca / 1989 Born Free Class C RV.

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April 24, 2016 – 9:45 am
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I’m going to try the rear of the camper. I know there are a lot of mixed opinions on that. I believe that the two 6v batteries on my tongue will offset a few bikes on the rear. I have some steel to weld to the frame, not bumper. Hopefully I will know how it works by Memorial Day.

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April 26, 2016 – 9:04 am
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I’m not worried about the rear weight -vs- tongue weight.  There is a sticker on my bumper that says something to the effect of this bumper is only meant to hold a spare tire, nothing else.  But…..they make these trailer hitches to go on the bumper and I’m sorry, this is a steel 4 inch square bumper that is welded to the frame.  I stand on it.  Why can’t I put a bike on it????

Matt O 2006 Skyline Nomad 27′ travel trailer.  Previously owned 1986 Coleman Columbia / 1992 Coleman Senecca / 1989 Born Free Class C RV.

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April 27, 2016 – 9:58 pm
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4" steel square should be plenty strong enough. My bumper is thin gauge, I can barely stand on it. I got some leftover 1/4" 2×2 angle of a jobsite.

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