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Swagman Platform Bike Rack Recommendation for Rear of RV


How far back is the first bike from the hitch receive? I want to mount bikes on the back of a fifth wheel that has a spare tire mounted on the bumper.


Expert Reply:

I have a solution for you but the Chinook is not designed for use at the rear of an RV.

At the rear of a trailer or RV the ride quality is very rough when compared to the ride quality at the rear of a passenger vehicle. Reason being the suspension isn't as sophisticated and there is a longer distance between the rear axle and the rear of the trailer which exaggerates the movement of the trailer when hitting bumps. Because of that only a few bike racks were designed to be reinforced enough for that type of use.

For a very similar bike rack that is rated for the rougher ride quality at the rear of an RV we have the Swagman Dispatch part # S44FR which is a great option.

The nearest wheel cradle from the center of the hitch pin hole measures 18 inches.

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Jameson C

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