Recommended Bike Rack for Tandem Bike on 2016 Ram 2500

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I have a multi-part question Im hoping you can help with. I have an adapted tandem bike for my special needs son and need a rack to transport it when towing our camper. Please see the below link for pics and specs on the bike. His is the Buddy Bike Sport. Ive researched all of the trailer bumper and A-frame options I could find and none of them appear feasible because of the size and weight of the bike Id also like to be able to put my daughters bike and potentially mine or my wifes on the rack if possible. So, Ive come to the conclusion that my only option left is probably to put a front hitch on the truck and get the rack the bike manufacturer has tested. They recommend the Hollywood Sport Rider. The ONLY bike rack TESTED and APPROVED for the Buddy Bike is the Sport Rider Hitch Rack by Hollywood Racks! Bike Rack-Sport Rider by Hollywood Racks RACK-HR1450E. Id like to get the Sport Rider 4 to have the option to put more bikes on it when not towing but would likely only use it in the 2-bike configuration on the front of the truck because of how far it would stick out in front. Ive been reading the questions, feedback and reviews on your site about the Curt and Draw-Tite hitches and am wondering if one would be better for this use. I like the fact that the draw-tite has a 500lb verticle load capacity but Im not sure if there might be a downfall to the bikes sitting up so high? I dont think Ill probably ever use the hitch for my camper so Im not really too concerned with the line pull rating. The Curt however seems to sit very low to the ground and although the bikes and rack shouldnt be too much for the 350lb vertical load capacity Id feel better if it were stronger Buddy Bike costs $$$. Also, do you think Id have any significant issues with the bikes blocking the trucks headlights? Im mainly concerned with the Buddy Bike because of its size. If so, are there any options? Thanks for any help you can provide!

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Thank you for the information. I see that your Buddy Bike Sport is 43 lbs and has a wheel base of 58.1 inches.

For your 2016 Ram 2500, I recommend the Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2" # 65063 which has a 500 lb vertical load capacity. The Curt # C31015 is only a fit for 4WD models and has the 500 lb vertical load. The Draw-Tite option does not require fascia trimming and will also give you better ground clearance.

This will allow you to use the Hollywood Racks Trail Rider 2-Bike Rack - 1-1/4", 2" Hitch - Platform Style - Frame Mount # HR200Z or the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider # HR1450Z-E you mentioned. For either rack, you will want the Anti-Rattle Hitch Lock and Cable Lock for Hollywood Racks # HRLHPTC to secure your investment. You will want to consider the headlight location and the line of vision restrictions when using a front mounted rack. With only one or possibly two bikes, you most likely won't have to worry about the restricted air flow to your radiator.

Another option is to use the Yakima SideWinder Roof Mounted Tandem Bike Carrier - Fork Mount # Y02071 which can fit on a roof rack. This would require you to install a roof rack like the Rhino Rack # RRVA150B-2, # RRRLKVA and # DK043.

For your other 3 bikes, I recommend the Kuat Transfer 3 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Wheel Mount - Tilting # TS03G. I recommend the lock set # PTSCLK13 to secure your bikes and rack.

Let me know if you have further questions.

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