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Old 06-18-13, 05:37 PM   #26
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I was going to say this as well. I've noticed that there are several fairly affordable racks out there that attach to spare tires. Not sure if they would fit one on a tent-trailer or not, but it would be worth investigating.
Surely there's some way to tie the bike itself to the spare tire?
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Old 06-18-13, 05:47 PM   #27
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I have one of tracks that hang on the spare tire. It should work fine on the trailer spare. You mike also sit down with a cool drink, see what scrap material you have on hand, use those ratchet straps, and come up with a something that would work. At least for a couple of trips. One of the trunk mounted racks could, most likely, also be adapted to work.
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Old 06-18-13, 05:50 PM   #28
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If your trailer has a spare tire on the rear, there are bike racks that are designed to slip over the spare tire, and tie to the bumper.
Could probably find a used one cheap.
Didn't think about that, it sounds like a great idea.
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Didn't think about that, it sounds like a great idea.
I'd be very leary of this. It will unweight your tongue which may effect handling. It is possible that the combined weight of the tire, rack and bike will exceed the weight the tire mount is designed to support. And you will be banging the heck out of your bike (trailers bounce around a lot more than notor vehicles do). (NOTE: I'm a mod on a camping trailer forum and this comes up a lot.)
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When you have some money this worked out great for me
I don't know if they make a hitch for what type of van you have
you didn't say what kind you have
but they do make custom ones also

http://www.etrailer.com/fmr-2010_Toyota_Tundra.htm

I tow my trailer put the bikes on the front mounted trailer hitch bike rack

until then what your doing will work just not as easy
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I'd be very leary of this. It will unweight your tongue which may effect handling. It is possible that the combined weight of the tire, rack and bike will exceed the weight the tire mount is designed to support. And you will be banging the heck out of your bike (trailers bounce around a lot more than notor vehicles do). (NOTE: I'm a mod on a camping trailer forum and this comes up a lot.)
Thanks for your input, I didn't think about that aspect. Can I know the name of this camping trailer forum? I might have a look.
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When you have some money this worked out great for me
I don't know if they make a hitch for what type of van you have
you didn't say what kind you have
but they do make custom ones also

http://www.etrailer.com/fmr-2010_Toyota_Tundra.htm

I tow my trailer put the bikes on the front mounted trailer hitch bike rack

until then what your doing will work just not as easy
I drive a Ford Freestar, I know, don't tell me...

I don't know if it would work, the Freestar being lower than the Tundra the bike would be in my sight. Don't you think?
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Thanks for your input, I didn't think about that aspect. Can I know the name of this camping trailer forum? I might have a look.
For pop ups, it is:
www.popupexplorer.com
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I drive a Ford Freestar, I know, don't tell me...

I don't know if it would work, the Freestar being lower than the Tundra the bike would be in my sight. Don't you think?
Yes they will be in your sight they will also block part of your sight mine do
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craigslist a cheap saris rack; I picked mine up for $40 and the straps worked fine for my suburban's rear doors.
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