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?
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.
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????