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Recommended 2-Bike Hitch Rack for Use on 5th Wheel Trailer with 1-1/4-Inch Hitch


Can I use this on my 5th wheel camper with inch and quarter hitch


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I do have a good solution for you but it is not the Thule T2 hitch rack # TH9044-TH9046.

Bike racks that are to be used on the rear of a 5th wheel trailer or other RV must be specifically rated for that type of application. Standard automobile bike racks like the excellent Thule T2 # TH9044 are not made for the extra vertical and lateral forces found at the back of a towed trailer. These forces result from the longer distance between the rear axle and the hitch. On a car this distance is fairly small - typically a foot or two at most. On a 5th wheel that distance could easily be 6-feet or more and that longer distance translates into a lot more leverage applied to anything attached to the back of the trailer, such as a bike rack.

I can suggest a simple and cost-effective hanging-style rack for you, the NEO2 2-Bike Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches
Item # B01748, from Let's Go Aero. We also have a matching hitch lock # SHP2082 and cable lock # e98891. Please note that we have no 1-1/4-inch hitch-mount platform-style racks that are suitable for trailer use, only racks for a 2-inch hitch.

The NEO2 offers a great mix of features apart from it's low price: it is a wheel-mount rack so your bike frames (and cables) will not suffer any friction; it has a substantial 40-lbs-per-bike weight capacity, over a foot of clearance from the hitch pin hole to leave ample room for the inner bike, it fits in Class I, Class II and Class III hitches and it weighs only 15-lbs. This rack is hard to beat when you factor in all of these features.

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