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Why Are Some Bike Racks Not Rated For Use on RV or Trailer and Option for Rack on a Trailer


The Rockymounts Splitrail LS 2 bike is not identified as not suitable for camping, fifth wheel trailers and/or RV. Is the reason that they are not designed for bumper mounting or the potential bounce at the rear of the trailer. My trailer has a 2 inch hitch receiver. Would this rack work with my setup?


Expert Reply:

That's a good question and while we have bike racks that can be used on a trailer, you hit the mark when you mentioned "bounce" as the reason that some bike racks like the RockyMounts SplitRail LS # RKY11404 are not rated for use behind an RV or trailer. The bike rack manufacturer decided this particular rack is in more danger of potential damage on a trailer because there is significantly more movement at the rear of a fifth wheel trailer or camper than there is at the rear of a passenger car.

So while the rack you mentioned is not rated for use behind a trailer, we do have the perfect option with the Swagman E-Spec # S94FR.

The SplitRail has a large per-bike capacities of 60 lbs per bike, so it seems like you need a rack with an equally large capacity and the E-Spec is a 2-bike rack with a 70 lb per bike capacity and fits in a 2" hitch. It is rated for use behind a trailer due to its heavy-duty steel construction and hefty 60 lb weight, which is what protects it from any type of damage when being used on a trailer.

The manufacturer, Swagman, is highly regarded for making quality bike racks, and they are so confident in the performance of the E-Spec that it even comes with a lifetime warranty.

I have added links to a couple video reviews for you to check out as well of the Swagman E-Spec # S94FR.

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Kyle S

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