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Old 08-15-2010, 11:00 AM   #1
ratfink11
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1 1/4" Recieiver on 09` 3400

Any one use this reciever for a bike rack and had problems with it?
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Old 08-15-2010, 11:26 AM   #2
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I use it for my bike rack and no, we have not had any problems.
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Old 08-15-2010, 11:42 AM   #3
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Yes, I use the receiver for our bike rack. I did have a big problem with the bike rack not holding the bikes in position. I think with all the movement, it loosened their position and when we got to our destination, the two bikes were at a 30 degree angle. Lucky, no damage to the Montana. Since this experience, I have added a vertical bracket with straps that prevents movement. I should mention that our bike rack supports the bikes from the tires and not the frame. Just got back from a 700 mile trip and the revised bike rack worked perfect. You must try to restrict movement in all directions. Hope this helps.
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Old 08-16-2010, 04:40 AM   #4
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I have tried 3 different bike racks before settling on this one http://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Bike-R...an/S64650.html Since switching to this bike rack I have done over 8k miles with the bikes on the back of the Monty with out a single problem.
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Old 08-16-2010, 08:42 AM   #5
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I've got the same type rack Rick has and it is an excellent system.
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Old 08-16-2010, 10:17 AM   #6
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There's something else going on. I had terrible luck with a Yakima bike rack similar to the Swagman mentioned above. It was not the rack. The reciever has a lot of spring in it. Lucky I still have a rear window.
I do not have shocks. I'm thinking the 5er gets bouncing and that whips the rack and bikes terribly. I don't know for sure about that but the Yakima bike rack is very rugged and works great on the front of my truck so there's sometning about the 5er and receiver.
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Old 08-17-2010, 04:39 PM   #7
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I have the same receiver as you on my 2009 and i had 2 bracers welded to stablize it . if you are going to goshen look us up ;;;sailer
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