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    Posted: 11 Jan 2021 at 8:54pm
Hi Everyone-

Trying to get set up for our first trip.  Going to Florida and we want to have bikes with us.  Kayaks will be on top of the tow vehicle.  The spare tire hitch receiver fits our bike rack perfectly, but I've seen some cautioning that hitch receiver not be up to the task.  Have any of you used the rear hitch receiver that way?  And if so, what did you do with the spare tire?  

The alternative we're looking at is buying a "jack-it" which puts the bikes basically over the battery.

Thanks in advance,

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The rear receiver might handle a couple of light-weight bikes but it's really not meant for them.  Bikes hang out further than the spare so they bounce around which is bad in several ways.  Plus you can't see the bikes back there, and, of course you have to solve the spare tire problem.

The front of the trailer is a better idea for the bikes.  Just be sure they way the mount won't interfere with turning, especially when backing up. 

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Hi TT,  

I saw your earlier posts o this topic.  Thanks.  As a result we are now looking at a rack that sits on the tongue over the battery.
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+1 to TT. I am not a fan of putting bikes on a rack in the back. Structure is not robust enough for my taste, you can't see them, and they bounce too much.
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Does anyone ever consider simply putting bikes inside the TT for transport?  Just curious.
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A couple of days ago I was having lunch at the local Sonic Drive-in and a blue r-pod passed by the place, being pulled by a pickup as I recall...and sure enough there were a couple of bikes on a rack on the back...bouncing noticeably as the rig made a turn and hit a few bumps.

I wonder just how many more miles that will work...until it doesn't...
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The  open highway is a well known source of used bicycles and parts Tongue
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Originally posted by Pod_Geek

Does anyone ever consider simply putting bikes inside the TT for transport?  Just curious.

That's what I do.  I use tie-downs and secure the bikes to the table (which is secured to the wall for transport) in our 179.  Once you develop a system it's not too much extra work, and the bikes are very secure.  
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Post Options Post Options   Quote jato Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jan 2021 at 5:36am
Originally posted by Pod_Geek

Does anyone ever consider simply putting bikes inside the TT for transport?  Just
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We put them inside our 177 or in the back of the pickup with tonneau cover in place.  It is advantageous as I don't have to be concerned with cleaning bikes once I hit my destination.  We have lightweight road bikes (18 lbs) and really dislike cleaning off road grime or worse yet the chain as it will be full of dirt/sand/grease after traveling down dirt roads or going through rain or wet roads.
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I'm a newbie too.  Haven't used it yet but I got a dual receiver hitch from harbor freight.  Since I already had a receiver-mounted bike rack, it was a cheaper option (29.99) than the Jack-it.

https://www.harborfreight.com/dual-hitch-extender-69881.html?cid=paid_google|||69881&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=&utm_content=&gclid=Cj0KCQiA0fr_BRDaARIsAABw4Eu3ukI0ryOWLh9hSo8DuPPMQYxDTDVVBdjACI-oTwD9JAUkKo0fdhcaAlR7EALw_wcB
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