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
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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