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RV Trailer with eBikes

We'd really love to take our ebikes with us camping this summer but can't think of a good way to haul them with a RV trailer already attached to the hitch. They are about 50 lbs apiece. Anyone have any good solutions for this type of problem?

For context: We have the Bosal hitch and ebikes already bought, but don't *yet* currently own the bike rack or RV. Will be a fairly "normal" small RV.
 

glide

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We'd really love to take our ebikes with us camping this summer but can't think of a good way to haul them with a RV trailer already attached to the hitch. They are about 50 lbs apiece. Anyone have any good solutions for this type of problem?

For context: We have the Bosal hitch and ebikes already bought, but don't *yet* currently own the bike rack or RV. Will be a fairly "normal" small RV.
More information is probably needed on the type of RV. That will dictate whether you have sufficient tongue weight available for a rack between the TV and RV, whether you would be best loading them in the RV, or on the back of the RV.
 

dmurphy

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More information is probably needed on the type of RV. That will dictate whether you have sufficient tongue weight available for a rack between the TV and RV, whether you would be best loading them in the RV, or on the back of the RV.

Bingo! Exactly. I’m going to guess loading in the trailer or via a bumper-style Mount will be appropriate but like you said - need more info.

If it does come to a bumper mount, be careful; many are made of paper mache and not rated for any kind of weight load.

Even trailers that have a utility tray mounted back there......
 

glide

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You’re right up at the max capacity for tongue weight when the trailer is dry.

It’s also not going to fly with the factory Bosal hitch. Even if you go aftermarket, you’re going to get absolutely killed on range towing a very heavy box-shaped trailer.

Plan on having to recharge every 70 miles depending which battery you have in your X. With a 75 I would just flat out say “forget it”.
 
If it does come to a bumper mount, be careful; many are made of paper mache and not rated for any kind of weight load.
Even trailers that have a utility tray mounted back there......
100% on that. Back when I had a 24' Jayco (hybrid as ends folded down like popup) pulled with our Ford Expedition ... we had our bikes on a bumper mount (reg pedal bikes for 2 adults and 2 kids). The bumps in the road and bouncing puts a lot of downward force. We bent that bump and were flagged over by people in another lane next to us. Pulled over and put the bikes inside the trailer. Had a friend weld extra steel to the bumper with some cross members and it worked OK. I don't think heavy eBikes would work well on a bumper mount.
 
Thank you for your advice. I recently bought my first RV. This is not a new RV. I bought on the secondary market.
I am still planning my first trip. But I would like to know what must be in an RV for comfortable travel?
If you are talking general RV advice there are countless articles and YouTube videos to help you out. If you have Tesla specific advice, please let us know.
 

ngng

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One thing to keep in mind is RV bike racks are designed differently than typical vehicle bike racks. I don't recall the exact reason, but when I was doing research I believe it was because of the extra load a bike sees on the back of an RV. So, you could use a RV bike rack on your X, but not the other way around.
 

ecarfan

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We'd really love to take our ebikes with us camping this summer but can't think of a good way to haul them with a RV trailer already attached to the hitch. They are about 50 lbs apiece. Anyone have any good solutions for this type of problem?
Even if you take the batteries out of the bikes during transport you are still looking at about 90lbs of bikes plus the weight of the rack, which will have to be fairly substantial to support that kind of load. Adding that weight to the tongue area on any RV that an X can pull is going to very likely put you over the hitch rating. Putting a rack plus bikes at the rear of the RV is going to mean having to add more weight at the tongue to compensate.

That said, a few months ago at a campground in Whistler BC I came across a Safari Condo Alto F2114 owner who had two e-bikes on a Thule rack that can handle the weight, using a custom made support for the rack attached on the tongue just above his battery. He was towing with some kind of medium sized ICE SUV, can’t recall the make. That trailer has a dry weight of 2,356lbs/1,069kg. Safari Condo does not provide tongue weights on their Specifications page. Safari Condo also makes other trailer sizes, smaller and larger. They are very lightweight for their size and very high quality.
 

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