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Old 07-12-2016, 04:51 PM   #1
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I have a Winnebago Navion with a cargo carrier on the rear of the motor home. I want to add a bike carrier.

If I use a dual hitch receiver I will have to have an extension of some sort so the wheels clear the cargo carrier.

If I use a ladder bike carrier I will have to mount it pretty high so the wheels clear the cargo carrier.

Does anyone have any ideas?
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Old 07-12-2016, 05:07 PM   #2
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I had a ladder mounted one...it was terrible. If you have a toad mount one on the back, then you can take it with you.
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Old 07-13-2016, 11:22 AM   #3
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My son and combined a cargo rack and a bike rack. We welded them together and also added two additional points of attachment to the skids. The trick was to weld everything separately from the RV. After welding it all together we bolted the skids back on. It's very stable.
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Old 07-16-2016, 11:02 AM   #5
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Boy, that's a lot of weight hanging out the back of the rig. This is unsupported weight and you have a big heavy lever pushing down on your receiver. When you add the bike rack behind the cargo box, you are increasing the strain.

I know I've seen conversion charts for tongue weight, cargo weight, and distance from the receiver, but I couldn't find it on a quick search. Check around and see what you find on this. YMMV!
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Old 07-17-2016, 09:09 AM   #6
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The weight was a concern and before I did anything I did the math. I calculated the cantilever effect using a formula that I got off of the yahoo-tech forum and it was compliant. We then built it and made the live load as light as possible. My wife and I literally put it to the test by traveling throughout the western half of the US for 12,000 miles with no issues. I'd say it passed the test.
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Also, I want to add that my wife and I just bought a tow vehicle and are no longer using this combo cargo/bike rack while towing a car. I've got it stored in case I feel the need to use it again.
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Old 07-18-2016, 12:14 PM   #8
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Now that I look at the photo again, I see that you have two outside braces in addition to the receiver. Now I understand how you made this work. I'm not sure the OP had that in mind. Another option would be attaching a strap to the ladder or on top for additional support.

One of the reasons we chose a Vista with a full frame and Class III hitch is because we carry bicycles (including a tandem) and I didn't think the lighter receivers on smaller rigs would carry the load. Failure would mean a $10K mistake.
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Old 07-18-2016, 12:31 PM   #9
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I recently saw a View/Navion 24G with a front mounted bike rack. If it worked for them, perhaps it will work for the OP. I don't know what kind of rack it was, but it didn't look like a home brew setup.
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Harbor Freight carries a piggyback receiver so the cargo carrier would connect into the bottom receiver and the bike carrier would connect into the top receiver Hitch Extender. That should give some room for the bike wheels.

There are also bike racks that clamp/bolt onto the receiver.
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