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    Drop down grate/bike rack

    I am looking for a way to mount some bikes on the back of my TT. I have a North Trail that has the drop down grate on the rear. When I drop the grate down there is a square receiver where the spare tire is, it measures 1.5" by 1.5". Just wondering if there is a rack that will fit that receiver that will hold 4 bikes.

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    Re: Drop down grate/bike rack

    Mine came with a metal tube that goes in there, and has an eye bolt at the top to strap to. Works really well. See if you have a black tube that will go in there. Bikes rest on the rack, and strap them to that tube.

    Sadly, I didnít take any pictures of it when I used it.


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    Re: Drop down grate/bike rack

    Found the tube for that slot. I stored it away and forgot about it. Didnt think i would use it. Thanks

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    Re: Drop down grate/bike rack

    Awesome! I was pleasantly surprised with how well that rack worked for our bikes.


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    Re: Drop down grate/bike rack

    Do you have a picture of the bikes loaded?
    thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by h2oskierc View Post
    Awesome! I was pleasantly surprised with how well that rack worked for our bikes.


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    Re: Drop down grate/bike rack



    Not the best picture for the bikes, but hopefully it helps?


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    Re: Drop down grate/bike rack

    I had the slide-out rear bumper on my 2013 Heartland Trail Runner, which is basically the same rear rack.

    I found it such a PITA to strap the bikes up each time that we went out with it that the bikes hardly ever left the rack because i didn't want to deal with strapping them back on again.

    Skinned knuckles...dropped lots of quarters in the swear jar...

    Had that trailer for two years and almost every single photo (and I take lots of photos) that I took of that Trail Runner, the bike are almost always still on the rack.

    Finally just relented to not taking the bikes anymore.

    And when I traded it in for my 5'ver, they had two of the same model side by side...the only difference between the two was that one had the flip-down rear bumper rack.

    I bought the one without the rack and never regretted it.


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    Re: Drop down grate/bike rack

    Iím going to respectfully disagree. Mounting the bikes on that rack is easier than putting them on my old hitch mount bike carrier. Load them on, alternate the handlebars, and strap them in place. Easy peasy. One ratchet strap is perfect to secure them to the tray and their upright bar.


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    Re: Drop down grate/bike rack

    Quote Originally Posted by h2oskierc View Post
    Iím going to respectfully disagree. Mounting the bikes on that rack is easier than putting them on my old hitch mount bike carrier. Load them on, alternate the handlebars, and strap them in place. Easy peasy. One ratchet strap is perfect to secure them to the tray and their upright bar.
    Wait until you've had to do it a few times...
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    Re: Drop down grate/bike rack

    thanks for the comments, we have the rack on our 2021 22CRB and really didn't get any explanation other than "you can put coolers and stuff on it". Bikes make sense and the found the mystery poll in the bed compartment. if you're facing the rack there is another square hole with a keeper tab in it. Is this for mounting something on it?

    Thanks in advance.
    Jay

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