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Why Cant Yakima HoldUp be Used with 5th Wheel RV

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Can you tell me why this bike rack is not appropriate for the back of a 5th wheel Rv? Our rig has a factory OEM 2” towing hitch rated for 300lbs tongue and 3000 lbs towing, so not sure why this would not work.

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I know it can be a bit confusing because a trailer hitch is a trailer hitch, but the reason the Yakima HoldUp 4 Bike Platform Rack # Y02443-2 isn't appropriate to install on your 5th wheel RV trailer hitch is simply due to the extra movement at the back of 5th wheels. Since the axle is located further away from the back of your RV compared to passenger vehicles the movement back there is much more exaggerated and Yakima has deemed it isn't safe to use this bike rack on a 5th wheel RV.

For a bike rack solution that t is compatible with a 5th wheel trailer you'll need to use a hanging rack like the Yakima LongHaul # Y02476. The LongHaul isn't a bad option and it actually comes with bike and rack locks so you can have some peace of mind when you are taking pit stops while traveling. The only down-side to using a hanging rack is that you need an adapter bar like part # Y02531 for any bikes that don't have a horizontal top tube like a standard men's bike has.

I have attached some review videos for you to check out as well as a list of our 4-bike racks that are compatible with a 2" hitch on a 5th wheel RV.

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