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Trailer Bumper Mount Bike Rack Recommendations for a Camper with Rear Mounted Spare Tire

Question:

We have a spare tire that mounts to the camper above the 4 inch bumper can we get a longer bar for the rack that goes into the receiver to clear the spare tire?

asked by: David P


Expert Reply:

If your bumper is rated for towing and/or carrying weight, we offer several bike rack options that are rated for use behind a trailer or RV. Take a look at the Swagman Around the Spare Mighty Rack, # S80500. This rack is designed to fit a 4 to 4-1/2 inch continuous welded square bumper and fit around the spare tire. I have included a link to the installation details for reference.

Another option is the RV Bumper 2 Bike Rack, # S80605, or Swagman 4 Bike Carrier RV Mounted Bike Rack, # S80600. These are platform style racks that fit the same bumper type and size as the above mentioned rack. I have included instruction links for both racks.

If you have a pop up camper, you may be able to use the Swagman Pop-Up Mighty Rack, # S80550, which mounts to the roof of a pop up camper. I have included a link to the installation details and a link to a video review.

There are hitch extenders available, like # HE06, but the use of an extension will reduce the trailer hitches capacity by 50 percent. If you were to install RV Bumper Hitch, # E-100, the tongue weight capacity, when using an extension, would only be 175 pounds.

Another problem is the use of an extension will also produce more torque on the hitch and, in this case, the bumper, which may not be rated for weight carrying/towing (check the owners manual to determine towing capacity and weight carrying capacity), could be damaged.

expert reply by: Michael H




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Products Referenced in This Question

Hitch Extender For 2" Trailer Hitch Receiver 7"


Hitch Extender For 2" Trailer Hitch Receiver 7"

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98 reviews

HE06

Price:  $47.95

Product Summary:

Hitch Adapter
Hitch Extender
3500 lbs GTW
7 Inch Long
Steel

Product Specs:

Fits 2 Inch Hitch


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RV Bumper 2 Bike Rack for Around the Spare Tire - Swagman Around the Spare Mighty Rack


RV Bumper 2 Bike Rack for Around the Spare Tire - Swagman Around the Spare Mighty Rack

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53 reviews

S80500

Retail: $112.00

Price:  $100.80

Product Summary:

Hanging Rack
2 Bikes
RV Bumper Rack
Dual Arm
Locks Not Included

Product Specs:

Frame Mount


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Pop Up Camper Roof Mount 4 Bike Rack - Swagman Pop-Up Mighty Rack


Pop Up Camper Roof Mount 4 Bike Rack - Swagman Pop-Up Mighty Rack

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2 reviews

S80550

Retail: $308.00

Price:  $277.20

Product Summary:

Platform Rack
4 Bikes
Camper Roof Rack
Locks Not Included

Product Specs:

Wheel Only Mount


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Swagman 4 Bike Carrier RV Mounted Bike Rack


Swagman 4 Bike Carrier RV Mounted Bike Rack

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11 reviews

S80600

Retail: $184.00

Price:  $165.60

Product Summary:

Platform Rack
4 Bikes
RV Bumper Rack
Locks Not Included

Product Specs:

Wheel Only Mount


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RV Bumper 2 Bike Rack


RV Bumper 2 Bike Rack

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16 reviews

S80605

Retail: $90.00

Price:  $81.00

Product Summary:

Platform Rack
2 Bikes
RV Bumper Rack
Locks Not Included

Product Specs:

Wheel Only Mount


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Product Page this Question was Asked From

Curt RV Bumper 2" Trailer Hitch Receiver


Curt RV Bumper 2" Trailer Hitch Receiver

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82 reviews

E-100

Retail: $129.37

Price:  $72.62

Product Summary:

RV Hitch
Bumper Mount
350 lbs TW
3500 lbs GTW

Product Specs:

Bolt-On
2 Inch Hitch


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