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Old 06-13-2013, 03:18 PM   #11
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I don't intend to weld a hitch adapter on. I'm going to use a bolt-on/clamp-on one like these. I just need to make sure that the adapter clears the trailer top when it is in the down position.:
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As Rich mentioned, an adapter like this would concentrate the load in a small area. I'm not too concerned with this because a square tube is good at resisting a twisting moment.

My concern is with the bumper, where it is welded to the trailer frame. From what Rich and others say, their bumpers hold up to carrying bikes and a spare tire, so it looks like this is not an issue.

Incidentally, the wall of the bumper is not too thin to weld. Not only is it welded to the frame, but the spare tire carrier is welded to the bumper. Having said that, my welding skills are not that great; so I don't intend to weld in this area.
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Old 06-13-2013, 05:31 PM   #12
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Raul, the bike carrier I posted a link to clears the top with no problem.

When I'm not carrying the bikes, I either reverse the top half of the carrier so the horizontal bars are over the spare tire, or I just take it off.

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Old 06-13-2013, 06:16 PM   #13
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Thanks everyone for your input. I think I'm going to purchase the Swagman rv2 bumper trailer hitch receiver and mount it next to my existing tire based on the feedback I got. Sounds like I have a pretty sturdy bumper if I use all four sides of the bumper. That way, I can use my existing bike rack with it and save a few $$.

Once again thanks for you input and concerns. Let me know if I shouldn't do it if you have any additional concerns or issues.

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Old 06-17-2013, 12:00 AM   #14
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I have been at our HiLo dealer and have seen them welding a HiLo to fit a bike rack on the back of the trailer. Please call Jay Simon at Mantelli Trailer sales. He can give you the particulars on the welding. !-716-625-8877. In other words it is a no no to put anything with weight on the back bumper.
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:55 AM   #15
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This is what I'm going to be using. There is a hitch receiver attached to my spare tire holder...I hope it holds!!

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Old 06-19-2013, 03:20 PM   #16
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All I can say is "Good Luck!". That is a lot of leverage to place on a receiver unless it is firmly welded to the trailer frame. You are liable to find the whole thing bent over with the bicycles dragging on the road. I have seen that. Just because it can fit into the receiver doesn't mean it is suited to your particular situation. Sorry!
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All I can say is "Good Luck!". That is a lot of leverage to place on a receiver unless it is firmly welded to the trailer frame. You are liable to find the whole thing bent over with the bicycles dragging on the road. I have seen that. Just because it can fit into the receiver doesn't mean it is suited to your particular situation. Sorry!
Those were my thoughts too, Rich. I don't like the bending moment on that single bar that goes into the hitch receiver. It looks like a lot of force concentrated at a single point.

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Agree with the previous two posters. That is why our HiLo dealer devised a way to modify and weld to the HiLo frame to make it safe to carry bikes. My brother travels from his home in Cleveland,Ohio to Youngstown,NY and has told me he sees many bikes come flying off the back of vehicles on the thruway. Dangerous for the driver in back of them. We sometimes lay bikes on our couch beds to transport. Very cost effective. One of our club members lost his lawn chairs that he had strapped to the back of his HiLo. Bungie cords don't hold up to wind and travel.
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That is a hostile environment back there and it takes a good strong and well secured device to hold everything together. Everything you add back there takes weight off the tongue which can cause problems.
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Yes, it will. I've carried two bikes on my trailer's bumper with a bumper rack.

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Hi we have carried 2 bikes for a couple of years on our 2806C, BUT this year the welds on the bumper gave, the bumper twisted till the bikes were on an angle-bouncing on the road.Luckily a passing motorist alerted us to the problem. A new bike tire and sewer hose were needed. We have just replaced the bumper with a heavier gauge one .We put a piece of the old one at the end to accommodate the hose attachment as the heavier gauge is smaller inside. We also beefed up where it attached to the frame.Hope this catches you in time.
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