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How to Carry 5 Bikes on the Back of a 5th Wheel Trailer

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So I am curious what is the difference between a Rack that mounts on a hitch of a car/truck and the hitches that are made for Fifth Wheel Campers? I am looking at purchasing a 5 bike rack. Sometimes it could be used on our SUV or Truck or on the back of the Fifth Wheel. I like the Curt mfg, as I have a Curt fifth wheel hitch I purchased from Etrailer. So why would the Curt #18065 rack not be good to use on the rear of the fifth wheel? Thanks,

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Because the ride at the back of a 5th wheel trailer is so much harsher than on a passenger vehicle a bike rack would have to meet certain structural requirements to be strong enough for that application. Some racks are but most are not.

There are no 5-bike racks rated and approved for use on a 5th wheel trailer but there are numerous 4-bike models. I have included a link to them for you. The Yakima LongHaul # Y02476 is one of the newest options and it is a solid rack and a great option.

If there is a ladder at the back of your 5th wheel trailer you could add a ladder mount rack such as # LA-102 to carry the 5th bike.

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