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    Want to mount bike rack on rear bumper of imagine xls 22 rbe. Would have to remove spare tire.
    Has anybody done this?
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    This is what we use for 2 bikes. Itís the jack it bike rack and it mounts under you tongue jack


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    Quote Originally Posted by jjradtech View Post
    Want to mount bike rack on rear bumper of imagine xls 22 rbe. Would have to remove spare tire.
    Has anybody done this?
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    I do but it's really not recommended. We use a Swagman 2 bike rack, bumper safety Struts and I strap our 2 light bikes diagonally back to the frame to limit the bouncing. It's worked so far but extremely risky . I keep an eye on the bikes via the rear camera. But like I said, risky and not recommended.
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    Do a search, has been covered many times. Bumper mounting is the very best way to find out how well your bikes will stand up to being dragged down the road. Also note that almost all racks are NOT built for RV use. Swagman, Yakima and a couple of others make a model or two that are, but you have to download and read the manuals for each model to find out which is and which isn't approved.
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    Wonder if anyone has figured out how to “toad” bikes, both tires down, from rear of trailer. Think of motorhomes toading cars 4-down.
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    Bike rack

    Quote Originally Posted by suber81083 View Post
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    This is what we use for 2 bikes. Itís the jack it bike rack and it mounts under you tongue jack


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    Saw that today at an RV store? It looks like there would be a lot of back and forth movement with every stop and start.
    Not to mention damage to the front cap.
    Have you had it for long w/o problems?


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    Quote Originally Posted by FLTom52 View Post
    Saw that today at an RV store? It looks like there would be a lot of back and forth movement with every stop and start.
    Not to mention damage to the front cap.
    Have you had it for long w/o problems?


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    Yes weíve had it for a year and probably 4k miles. It moves a little but never hit the front cap. Itís done good. The only thing thatís hard to do is getting the rear bike on. Need 2 people for that. We love it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by suber81083 View Post
    Yes we’ve had it for a year and probably 4k miles. It moves a little but never hit the front cap. It’s done good. The only thing that’s hard to do is getting the rear bike on. Need 2 people for that. We love it.


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    We have the same mount. Rides well and in view all the time. Yes mounting the rear bike is easier with two people unless you're very tall and strong. Has not made any contact with the cap on our rig either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tigger1 View Post
    Wonder if anyone has figured out how to “toad” bikes, both tires down, from rear of trailer. Think of motorhomes toading cars 4-down.
    A bicycle wouldn't last long doing that, makes no sense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ynot4me2 View Post
    I do but it's really not recommended. We use a Swagman 2 bike rack, bumper safety Struts and I strap our 2 light bikes diagonally back to the frame to limit the bouncing. It's worked so far but extremely risky . I keep an eye on the bikes via the rear camera. But like I said, risky and not recommended.
    I’m doing the same on our Imagine 17MKE soon but will just use my Thule T2 Classic rack. It’s not “approved” but is built like a tank. We’ll add the bumper braces as a backup. Examining the weld joint and gussets, I’m confident we’ll be fine with two carbon frame bikes, tightly clamped receiver joints, and the 17MKE’s short 70” distance from bumper to rear axle. It’s not much different than our Jeep with its receiver extension to clear the spare tire. Amazon sells die penetrant kits so I might do an annual inspection of the welds, but the braces would prevent a catastrophic failure should fatigue develop between my checks.

    That’s not to say it’s a good idea in general. Problems occur with longer trailers, sloppy joints, hanging style racks, heavy bikes, and especially with 4-bike rack rack extensions. I’m accepting a calculated risk based on my engineering assessment, but with a few backup precautions too. For longer trips we’ll still carry bikes inside the tow vehicle for protection from both weather and theft, as we’ve always done even when not towing.
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