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Carrying Bikes While Towing a 5th Wheel Camper Trailer

There are a couple of solutions for carrying your bikes while towing your 5th wheel camper. Since the 5th wheel hitch takes up the truck bed, we have to look for other places to store bikes, with options on both the truck and the trailer.

Fifth Wheel Trailer

How Can I Carry My Bikes?





Hitch Mounted Bike Rack


Hitch-mounted bicycle carrier with bikes on trailer

When looking for a hitch bike rack to mount on a 5th wheel, it is important to make sure the bike rack is approved by the manufacturer for RV/trailer use. This is to ensure that the rack can stand up to the force exerted on it at the back of the trailer. Hitch mounted racks are available to carry up to 4 bikes at the back of the camper. The biggest benefit to using a hitch mount bike rack is that it can then also be used on the tow vehicle when the trailer isn't attached. After setting up the trailer at the campsite, a hitch bike rack can be transferred to the truck and the bikes can be driven to the trailhead.

Hitch mounted platform bicycle carrier Hitch mounted hanging bicycle carrier



Need a trailer hitch?


There are a couple of options when it comes to choosing a trailer hitch receiver for a camper trailer. The hitch receiver can either be mounted to the trailer bumper or installed on the trailer frame. The durability of the trailer bumper and the width of the frame are factors that will determine which hitch type is best suited for your camper. If the bumper is not designed to carry additional weight or it is not reinforced, a frame mount hitch receiver is the way to go. A bumper mounted receiver typically requires a continuous welded steel bumper, most often measuring 4 inches x 4 inches.







Front Mount Hitch Bike Rack


Carrying bikes with a front mounted trailer hitch installed.

If the truck has a front mount hitch, a standard hitch mount bike rack can be used to carry bikes on the front of the truck. Some people prefer to carry bikes on the front of the vehicle so the bikes can stay in view from the truck cab. The things to keep in mind when carrying bikes on the front of the vehicle are to make sure the bikes won't block the headlights when driving at night and to make sure the airflow to the radiator isn't limited by the bikes. When not towing your camper, a hitch bike rack can be carried in the rear hitch of the vehicle to take the bikes to the trailhead.

Hitch bike rack




Tow Vehicle Roof Bike Rack


Roof mounted bicycle carrier on vehicle roof with bike installed

A roof rack allows bikes to be carried on the roof of the truck. Much like hitch racks, a roof rack will also allow the transportation of bikes when not towing a trailer. Roof mount racks are a great solution when a variety of bikes are coming along on the trip. With a roof rack, each bike can have the best style rack for the bike's style. One thing to keep in mind when carrying bikes on your tow vehicle's roof is the height of your vehicle. The height of the newer model pickup trucks can present a challenge in mounting the bike racks. To help reach the top of your tow vehicle, running boards, a tire step, or a step stool can be helpful.


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Bumper Mounted Bike Rack


Hitch receiver mounted on popup camper

If you don't want to install a hitch receiver on your trailer, a bumper mounted bike rack is a great option. These racks use U-bolts or mounting plates to clamp around the 5th wheel's bumper. Bumper mounted bike racks are available in both hanging and platform style racks. It is important to make sure your trailer's bumper can handle a bike rack. A bumper mounted bike rack typically requires a continuous welded steel bumper, most often measuring 4 inches x 4 inches. Aluminum or spot welded trailer bumpers are usually not strong enough to handle the weight of a bike rack and bikes.

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Ladder Mounted Bike Rack


Ladder mounted bicycle carrier on RV ladder with with bicycle installed

If your camper has a rear-facing ladder, a ladder bike rack is another option for carrying bikes. Ladder mounted bike racks offer the capacity to carry 2 bikes. The bikes are carried vertically and supported by the frame member between the seat post and the pedals. These bike racks are great for lightweight bikes or children's bikes.

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Written by: Victoria B

Updated on: 1/9/2018







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