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    Bike Rack

    I have one of the earlier Solitudes which has a 1 1/4 hitch receiver on the back of it. I was wondering if it was safe to put a bike rack on there to carry two mountain bikes. They probably weight about 40lbs each if that. There is a lot of contreversey on this subject and I would just like clarification. I was told not to use any adapters which I can see why that would be. Is it safe to carry two bikes and would it effect the warranty on the frame. Many bike racks even though they are 1 1/4 inch hitch size say not to use with travel trailers. I was wondering why they say this. I also heard from one of the people in the forum that they do not put hitch receivers on the back of these trailers anymore. Is there a reason for this? I would appreciate any clarification you can give me. I just do not want to damage my lovely Solitude in any way. It is really difficult to get one answer on this subject. Places who sell bike racks will tell you anything will work and that is why I am asking you because you built this RV.

    Debby - Stafford, Virginia
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    2012 GMC Denali 3500HD DRW

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    Re: Bike Rack

    Yes, the rear hitch is no longer offered on the Solitude 369RL. I apologize as I don't know specifically why its no longer offered; however, we listen closely to our customers and sometimes make changes due to that feedback. Early-build units like yours which have a rear hitch installed by Grand Design RV can be used with a bicycle rack. Please make sure the bicycle rack you purchase matches the rear hitch ratings, and has sufficient clearance so the bicycles and/or bicycle rack does not hit or cause damage to the RV rear wall while the RV is stationary or traveling. Note: the limited warranty and structural warranty would not apply to an aftermarket add-on. Hope this helps! ~Janice
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    Re: Bike Rack

    GDRV,

    In your post you indicated that the Bike rack weight rating is to match the bumber weight rating. I have not taken delivery of our Reflection yet, but I am curious to know if the bumber weight rating for that unit will be provided upon delivery?. I Know that Lippert Industries makes a rack or tray that your competitor uses. Such as the Couger by Kestone. I was wonering if this sliding rack could be installed after the Fifth wheel is deliverd.

    Thank You

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    Re: Bike Rack

    Sorry for the misunderstanding - in my previous post I referred to the rear hitch weight rating, not the bumper weight rating. These are two separate components on [s]your [/s] a RV, each with their own weight rating. We installed a Class III rear hitch (total max. weight limit of 250 lbs.) on those early-build Solitudes which was intended by us for use with a bicycle carrier.

    Note: If you have further questions about [s]your[/s] the rear hitch, the frame or bumper we recommend contacting Lippert Service and Warranty directly at (574)-537-8900 or via email at [email protected].

    Hope this helps! ~ Janice

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    Was the Class III hitch welded or bolted on? and what was it attached to? The square bumper tube or the "C" channel the bumber is welded to? Lippert as was suggested earlier is not much help, as I am try to determine if their sliding or folding trays or platform could be added a Reflection FW.

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    Re: Bike Rack

    @titrtyca,

    We recommend installing a bumper mount bicycle carrier (with a maximum total weight capacity of 100 lbs.) on a Reflection.

    Hope this helps

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    Re: Bike Rack

    Can you direct me to where I can maybe get one?

    Thanks

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    Re: Bike Rack

    I'm not as familiar with bicycle racks specifically made for RV bumpers as your dealer would be - or does anyone on the forum have any suggestions?

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    Re: Bike Rack

    Swagman makes bike racks that fit on the RV bumper. If you google bike racks for RV's you usually come up with quite a few and they will tell you where dealers are located depending on which rack you decide on. That is how I did it. I still have not decided which one I want though.

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    Re: Bike Rack

    Great suggestion @dchrist1733!

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