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    Posted: 05 Jan 2021 at 11:02am
I put together a 2-minute video of toting two of my mountain bikes on the back hitch of my R-Pod 179 using a Let's Go Aero 2 bike rack (FR recommended rack). If anyone is interested in seeing the effects of bounce on the bikes and hitch when traveling, this should provide some insight. I fully understand why some people have their frame and hitch area reinforced. 


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Post Options Post Options   Quote GlueGuy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Jan 2021 at 11:25am
All I can say is. Wow. I would never mount my bikes on that kind of mount. I think the only viable alternative would be to use a 2" mount with a properly welded on 2" receiver.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote mjlrpod Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Jan 2021 at 2:38pm
I use the stromberg carlson bike bunk tongue mount, and those work pretty good, and you can actually see them in your rearview mirror, so much safer in my opinion. I manufactured a new spacer for it that gets all the play out of the receiver, and my bikes don't even move. much better than any rear mount 

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Post Options Post Options   Quote jato Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Jan 2021 at 3:58pm
Thanks John.  I cheat by either putting our road bikes in the bed of the truck or inside our 177 while traveling.  They are very lightweight Specialized road bikes with carbon components, each weighing in at 17.5 - 18 lbs.  I really dislike cleaning chains, chainwheels, frame from road debris/oils/sand/dirt.  So by doing it that way, all those issues are eliminated. 
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A few tie-downs and easily cured.  No biggie.
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Thanks, John, for a very interesting video.  
We have a rack that takes a 1 1/4 inch receiver and is attached to the back of our trailer on the bumper.  One of the things we do to mitigate the bounce is use some bungee cords to tighten up the top part of the bikes.  We attach it to the ladder on the back the trailer.  
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Post Options Post Options   Quote PilotPodder Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Jan 2021 at 5:13pm
Yeah, the back of the 179 has little or nothing to hook bungees to. I am likely going to install a 2" hitch receiver on the front of my Tundra for longer hauls. Curt Mfg has one that fits for $130ish. Thanks!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Pod People Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jan 2021 at 8:22am
I drilled holes in the frame and added eye bolts for the cam straps to hold the bikes stable
another thing that helps is to shorten the shank as much as possible
also add a hitch tightener to eliminate movement of the shank within the receiver

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Post Options Post Options   Quote furpod Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jan 2021 at 8:04pm
I like either of these two methods.. roof top or front hitch mount. You can see them, and they are strong mounts.




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Post Options Post Options   Quote TimK182G Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Jan 2021 at 4:34pm
Pilot, since you have a pickup, why not just put the bikes in the truck bed?  You can get one of those tailgate covers that holds up to 8 bikes for $100-$150.  I have the Thule one for my Sierra, it works great.
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