xrover wrote:What about mounting/welding a 2" receiver to the rear frame of the TD and then using a conventional 2" receiver type bike rack?... you could even mount one of those bumper bbq's when you get to your destination.
jnowis wrote:Anyone use one of these (Dual 2" Hitch Bicycle Receiver Adapter Extender Extension 4000lb)?
MountainBiker wrote:When we first bought the Tear Drop, I talked to the guys from Thule at the bike show and they stongly recommended that you do not mount your bikes at the end of the trailer
Their reasoning was this. The bike rack will weigh between 30 and 50 lbs, maybe more. add on two or three bike at 25lbs each and you could be anywhere between 75lbs and 125lbs at the back of your trailer. As you drive down the road and hit bumps, the up and down motion from the weight on the back of the trailer, is going to put more of a whip on the tongue / ball connection
While it won't be noticable at first, over time it gets lots of strain.
Think of a rope when you whip it. The end you are holding doesn't move much, but the far end moves a lot.
We actually modifided the cargo carrier at the front of the trailer to hold two bikes and they are securely mounted to the frame. We actually wanted to mount them to the car but found that the crank on the tongue got in the way
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