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Just wondering if anyone has ever removed the 1 1/4" sleeve from the 2" ID tube on the Oliver bike rack. I assume it's pressed in, but not sure, maybe glued, the pin hole would also keep it in place when in use. I would like to make it a 2" receiver, by doing this it would shorten the distance from the trailer to the cargo carrier some 10-12". I realize I can purchase a 11" by 2" receiver from e-trailer and just use the existing U-clamps and be done with it. Using the aluminum one on the Oliver hitch would also leave me with a 2" receiver tube with 1/4" side walls which could be too thin for this type of use. A new rack is around 30lbs. and I would carry no more them 100lbs. of cargo. I always say, John what do you think as you have done several project back there.

 

trainman


Elite II, Twin Bed, Hull #489, 2019 RAM 1500, 5.7 Hemi, 4X4, Crew Cab, 5'7" bed, Towing Package, 3.92 Gears.

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Post a couple of closeup pictures. I have never even seen the newest factory rack, and the only pics I have seen were ten footers... meaning no fine detail whatsoever. I would be very surprised if the sleeve is simply pressed in, it either has been welded and ground down for appearance, or possibly bonded. But I suspect the former.

 

Bolting on a steel receiver to the aluminum crossbar would be possible but it is always a little worrisome in terms of corrosion and expansion. You must add an extra layer between the two materials to electrically isolate them as much as possible - paint is not usually good enough -  and that makes it more likely the parts will move around too much. Also the different expansion rates might cause your fasteners to loosen. Post some pics and let’s see what it looks like.

 

You could contact the Mother Ship and see what they say. Obviously they want to keep the weight and leverage low, which is why they put the smaller parts there. I suspect that they will say “Don’t mess with it, you will poke your eye out!” But it never hurts to ask.

 

You could have a good welding shop make you a two inch aluminum receiver with a heavy outside sleeve. That might be the simplest approach. Just make a bigger version of the Oliver one....

 

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/

 

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John, It's probably too much work needed to get the pieces apart, when all I need to do is purchase a short 2" receiver and put a piece of thin hard rubber between the two. I did take a pic of what it looks like, upon inspection they used 3 tubes to make the 1 1/4" receiver, I guess there shop needs something to do at times. Here is how it looks, I see no welds used, but it's a very tight fit for sure. One last note, we will be at Oliver on the 7th of October to get the water heater working again on LP gas, it's not really out of our way as we will be camping in Tennessee that week, so I can pick Jason's mind with several questions on things that are not so much common knowledge, I'm making a list.

 

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Elite II, Twin Bed, Hull #489, 2019 RAM 1500, 5.7 Hemi, 4X4, Crew Cab, 5'7" bed, Towing Package, 3.92 Gears.

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Let me know what you find out. Just pick ours up. My intent is to do the same. i ordered the receiver from OLiver an will need to modify it to fit my existing bike rack. My thought was the same remove the sleeve and replace it with using a rubber insulator with a steel one. Cannot find any aluminum ones. I have plenty of old bike inner tubes. When I asked why not a 2 inch I got a song and dance discouraging people from too much weight. Seems to be an attempt to idiot proof. Looking at it I do not see any welds. Looks like it is just held on by the U bolts.

Bill Thomas

2017 Tundra SRf5 4x4

Hull 534

 


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Looks like a easy fix which ever way you go, the 1 1/4" to 2" adapter, or the 2" x 10" receiver tube. The receiver tube looks like the better way to me as it lessens the distance the bike rack will stick out behind the trailer, plus it would have less movement with fewer connections.

 

trainman


Elite II, Twin Bed, Hull #489, 2019 RAM 1500, 5.7 Hemi, 4X4, Crew Cab, 5'7" bed, Towing Package, 3.92 Gears.

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