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I believe Oliver recommends 100 pounds max load on the recommended Lets Go Aero BikeWing 1.25" rack (which you can find that weight online).... if I am interpreting their data right. ...  https://olivertraveltrailers.com/topic/new-bike-hitch-capacity/

 

A call to Howenwald would clarify. I personally find the idea of hanging floppy cargo off that very small receiver MORE than a little disconcerting. The back end of your Ollie is a pretty violent location when you hit a big bridge dip at 65 mph. I double strap everything in my rear rack so I don't lose cans and chocks en route.

 

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Spokane WA

"Mouse":  2017 Legacy Elite II NARV (Not An RV) Two Beds, Hull Number 218, See my HOW TO threads: https://olivertraveltrailers.com/topic/john-e-davies-how-to-threads-and-tech-articles-links/

Tow Vehicle: 2013 Land Cruiser 200, 33" LT tires, airbags.

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Thanks David! Guess I will see how much a custom one will cost.

 

Here is some food for thought.  .., https://olivertraveltrailers.com/topic/how-to-move-the-factory-cargo-tray-to-a-rear-rack/

 

John Davies

 

Spokane WA

 

 

 

"Mouse":  2017 Legacy Elite II NARV (Not An RV) Two Beds, Hull Number 218, See my HOW TO threads: https://olivertraveltrailers.com/topic/john-e-davies-how-to-threads-and-tech-articles-links/

Tow Vehicle: 2013 Land Cruiser 200, 33" LT tires, airbags.

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I've heard both 100 Lbs and 150 Lbs, (never in print) this is the first time I've actually seen a Sticker indicating 100lbs!

It critical to consider any additional weight placed on the Rear End of a trailer and how it affects the overall handling of the TV & Trailer combination. To much weight can upset the stability of the Tow Combination and can induce TRAILER SWAY! On the other hand staying within the recommended limits can have a positive effect on the Tongue Weight. 

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I heard it was previously 100 pounds but recently updated to 150 Lbs. If 150 Lbs is true, I don't know if it only applies to the new rack design. Please let us know if you contact Oliver.

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I just purchase the (current) receiver from Oliver and installed it myself. It is the same receiver that you can see on Oliver's web site pictures. They sent me a sticker with the 150 lbs limit. The receiver is a 1-1/4" unit.

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When I was researching the rear receiver, I was told by my sales agent that they had raised the weight limit to 150#  Regardless, we did not opt for the rear receiver since our bike rack (1UP) is 2".  We found a hitch to work between the pickup and the trailer

 

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Ray and Susan Huff

Elite II Twin "Pearl" - Hull#699; delivered December 7, 2020

2013 F350 6.7l diesel Super Duty 4x4 long bed crew cab

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2017 Leisure Travel Van Unity Twin Bed (sold)

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On 3/15/2021 at 8:12 PM, Ray and Susan Huff said:

When I was researching the rear receiver, I was told by my sales agent that they had raised the weight limit to 150#  Regardless, we did not opt for the rear receiver since our bike rack (1UP) is 2".  We found a hitch to work between the pickup and the trailer

 

1UP bike rack.jpg

Since I am also getting a Ford Super Duty and would like to avoid the bike rack additional cost, could you post a link to that hitch? I am assuming it is a 2 1/2” lower, what drop?

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3 hours ago, fredmin said:

Since I am also getting a Ford Super Duty and would like to avoid the bike rack additional cost, could you post a link to that hitch? I am assuming it is a 2 1/2” lower, what drop?

thanks

https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Hitch-Ball-Mount/Curt/D210.html

Be sure you get the one rated for 7,500#.  It is a 2" receiver; the drop to the ball is 2 1/4" which works perfectly with our 2013 F350 SD (4wd).

It is a bit tricky latching the hitch as there is just barely enough clearance between the bottom of the 1up rack and the latch mechanism on the bulldog coupler.  This might differ with a different rack, so you will need to measure carefully.

Attached is a diagram of the hitch adapter.

I got lucky when we ordered and it was 1/2 price!

D210_42.jpg

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Ray and Susan Huff

Elite II Twin "Pearl" - Hull#699; delivered December 7, 2020

2013 F350 6.7l diesel Super Duty 4x4 long bed crew cab

1UP-USA Heavy-duty bike rack

2017 Leisure Travel Van Unity Twin Bed (sold)

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On 3/18/2021 at 6:48 PM, Ray and Susan Huff said:

https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Hitch-Ball-Mount/Curt/D210.html

Be sure you get the one rated for 7,500#.  It is a 2" receiver; the drop to the ball is 2 1/4" which works perfectly with our 2013 F350 SD (4wd).

It is a bit tricky latching the hitch as there is just barely enough clearance between the bottom of the 1up rack and the latch mechanism on the bulldog coupler.  This might differ with a different rack, so you will need to measure carefully.

Attached is a diagram of the hitch adapter.

I got lucky when we ordered and it was 1/2 price!

D210_42.jpg

We also have a 1up rack and are really interested in this option for carrying our bikes. We're not really excited about carrying the bikes behind the trailer. But...we do have a few questions we hope you can answer.

1. Do you find it difficult to load your bikes with the limited space available? We have two 50 lb. e-bikes and wonder if that will be a deal breaker.

2. Have you had any problem with the bikes affecting the turning radius of the trailer?

3. Do you use an Anderson or other sway control setup?

4. You mentioned that the 2 1/4" drop works well with your TV. But, do you ever find that an adjustable hitch would be helpful to level the trailer, or doesn't the weight of the trailer or TV change enough between trips to find that necessary?

Thanks for your help!!

 

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On 3/20/2021 at 10:35 AM, Middlefork49 said:

I will check with the Boss for answers regarding our 1UP rack setup.

 

On 7/29/2019 at 9:10 AM, DavidS said:

I have the Oliver Rear Bumper Bike Rack holder with the 2-inch receiver. They put a sticker on there stating a 100 lb weight limit.

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How old is this sticker?  I was told the limit has been increased to 150#.  Call Oliver to check on this, though.

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Elite II Twin "Pearl" - Hull#699; delivered December 7, 2020

2013 F350 6.7l diesel Super Duty 4x4 long bed crew cab

1UP-USA Heavy-duty bike rack

2017 Leisure Travel Van Unity Twin Bed (sold)

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On 3/14/2021 at 11:31 AM, Pat Maundrell said:

I've heard both 100 Lbs and 150 Lbs, (never in print) this is the first time I've actually seen a Sticker indicating 100lbs!

It critical to consider any additional weight placed on the Rear End of a trailer and how it affects the overall handling of the TV & Trailer combination. To much weight can upset the stability of the Tow Combination and can induce TRAILER SWAY! On the other hand staying within the recommended limits can have a positive effect on the Tongue Weight. 

I agree regarding the effects of additional weight on the rear of the trailer.  You also need to consider the effects of it all on the bikes loaded in the rack.

Ray and Susan Huff

Elite II Twin "Pearl" - Hull#699; delivered December 7, 2020

2013 F350 6.7l diesel Super Duty 4x4 long bed crew cab

1UP-USA Heavy-duty bike rack

2017 Leisure Travel Van Unity Twin Bed (sold)

AZARCAIDNVNMOKORTNTXUTWAsm.jpg

 

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On 3/20/2021 at 10:35 AM, Middlefork49 said:

We also have a 1up rack and are really interested in this option for carrying our bikes. We're not really excited about carrying the bikes behind the trailer. But...we do have a few questions we hope you can answer.

1. Do you find it difficult to load your bikes with the limited space available? We have two 50 lb. e-bikes and wonder if that will be a deal breaker.

2. Have you had any problem with the bikes affecting the turning radius of the trailer?

3. Do you use an Anderson or other sway control setup?

4. You mentioned that the 2 1/4" drop works well with your TV. But, do you ever find that an adjustable hitch would be helpful to level the trailer, or doesn't the weight of the trailer or TV change enough between trips to find that necessary?

Thanks for your help!!

 

1. Loading isn't as easy as when the trailer isn't attached, but possible, as you have to straddle the trailer frame.  50# e-bikes will be more difficult than our lighter bikes, for sure, but that would be the case with any rack where you have to raise the bike up that high.  I'm not sure how you load them.

2. Turning radius is not impaired enough to be noticeable or a problem; maybe if you were to totally jack knife the trailer.

3. We don't use an Anderson or other anti-sway accessory

4. Your question regarding the 2 1/4" drop totally depends on the TV.  Our F350 SD 4wd is not even affected by the weight of the trailer, rack and bikes.  The dual hitch we use is just fine.  If the drop doesn't work for you, there is no reasonable way to adjust the drop, that I can think of.

When we decided to give this a try, I did some measuring and a bit of figuring, all before we even had our Oliver.  Since we were lucky and found the hitch at 1/2 price, we basically took a chance, hoping it would work (which it did).  We would have been disappointed if we were unable to use our 1up rack.

One thing you do need to be aware of is this: there is only a small amount of clearance between the lowest point on the bike rack and the hitch latch on the Oliver.  We usually lower the front of the trailer a bit, back the hitch nearly into position and then raise the front of the trailer and carefully drive under it (if that makes sense).  After one or two times, this isn't hard to do. 

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Ray and Susan Huff

Elite II Twin "Pearl" - Hull#699; delivered December 7, 2020

2013 F350 6.7l diesel Super Duty 4x4 long bed crew cab

1UP-USA Heavy-duty bike rack

2017 Leisure Travel Van Unity Twin Bed (sold)

AZARCAIDNVNMOKORTNTXUTWAsm.jpg

 

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