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Recommended Travel Trailer Bike Rack for E-Bike with Fat Tires and Step-Through Frame

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I'm looking for a bike rack. I would like one capable of carrying a fat tire or perhaps something heavy like an electric Townie with the longer wheelbase. It will live on the back of my trailer so I do not need it to tilt. It needs to carry two bikes with step thru frames so I'm thinking a platform rack. If your recommendation is a Thule, can I just adapt an add-on rack to avoid the tilt feature. I want a 2 inch receiver type and not a 1 1/4 with adapter. Since its going on back of a camper, the tie down must be bulletproof since I can't see whats going on back there. I know this is a long list of wants on my part. Thanks for taking time to answer.

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Thank you for all of the details about what you're looking for in a bike rack! You are correct that there is a lot of extra movement at the back of a travel trailer so only certain bike racks have been tested and approved for this use, but we have exactly what you're needing.

The Swagman E-Spec # S94FR is best suited for your application and hits all of wants that you listed. The E-Spec comes with a 2" shank (that doesn't require an adapter) and can carry 2 bikes weighing in at 70 lbs each. The max tire width is 3" but you can install the Fat Tire Adapter Kit # S64679 to accommodate tires up to 5" wide. This bike rack does have a folding feature (as opposed to tilting) but Swagman does provide you with hardware to disable this feature for more rigidity when used on a 5th wheel or travel trailer (see attached).

I know that the E-Spec is a frame mount option that might struggle to reach a step-through frame but we do have provisions for that as well. You can use the Yakima Adapter Bar # Y02531 to add a point for the hooks from the bike rack to connect with and then you can use something like the Bike Frame Protector # TH984101 to keep the adapter from harming your bike frame.

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Greg

My wife has the Trek Verve 3 E-Bike step through. The front and back wheels have fenders. I am concerned that the front tire hook will hit the fender. Has this been a problem for anyone else? Do you have a thought on the best bike rack for this bike?

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Reply from Chris R.

Since your bike features front and rear fenders I don't recommend using a wheel-mount carrier. The absolute best rack for your bike is the Thule EasyFold # TH903202 , which uses adjustable clamps to attach to the step-through frame, an integrated ramp to help with loading, and included locks to help protect your investments.

Reply from Sue

@Greg I have the Trek Verve E-bike, my husband has a Day 6 bike. Is there a bike rack with 53” wheel base that would hold both? Also need it to be approved for Travel Trailer. Thanks

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Reply from Jon G.

@Sue Sounds like you're needing the Swagman E-Spec # S94FR . This uses hooks to secure the bike frame and can hold up to two 70 lb bikes. It can also accommodate your 53" wheelbase just fine.

Marcus C.

This looks like a solution for me as well, but have a question you may or may not be able to answer: My spare tire is mounted on the rear bumper of my travel trailer and is currently in the exact center. Would it be safe to move it to the right a foot or so and mount this bike rack to the left of center? I would be carrying 2 60 lb e-bikes. I'm just curious if the heavier load on one side would be significant.

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Reply from Chris R.

I don't think the off-center weight will really be an issue, but I'm wondering how you're going to mount the bike rack off-center. Are you using a bumper mount hitch receiver that can be adjusted along the bumper? Or is the hitch already there and attached to the frame?

Reply from Mark C.

@ChrisR I have been looking at the moint-n-lock bumper reinforcement and hitch. I’m just looking at the moment but these looked like good options.

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