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  • What Would be Needed to Change Trailer Wheel and Tire if On Side of Road
  • You'd need a high capacity bottle jack like the Powerbuilt part # ALL647501 which has a 24,000 lb capacity. You'd also want a 4-way wrench for installing and removing the lug nuts. If you need a spare wheel and tire let me know what tire size you have and your wheel bolt pattern.
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  • Can Hitch Extender be Used with Swagman Escapee # S64693
  • We have hitch extenders like the # HE06 which will extend the hitch out an additional 6 inches and can be used with bike racks like the Swagman Escapee part # S64693 that you referenced but you should note that when you use an extender like this you cut the capacity of the hitch by 50 percent.
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  • Bike Rack Solution for Carrying E-Bikes at Rear of Fifth Wheel Trailer
  • The only solution we have that might work for you is the Swagman Escapee part # S64693 but it would only work if you could get 5 lbs off of the 65 lb bike you mentioned as this has a capacity of 60 lbs per bike. This is the highest weight rated bike rack we offer that can be used at the back of a fifth wheel. It will only touch your bikes at the tires too so your step through frame won't matter either.
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  • Recommended Platform-Style Bike Rack For Use on Travel Trailer
  • You are correct that the Thule Doubletrack Platform-Style 2 Bike Rack # TH990XT is not rated for use behind a trailer. A folding mechanism like what is on this carrier can certainly be a weak point but it's not something that automatically rules out a rack for being able to be used in this application, as not all fold-up racks are created equal. Whether or not a bike rack can be used at the back of a camper really just comes down to its overall construction and how it has been tested...
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