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Old 05-01-2017, 06:24 AM   #1
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Keystone Passport express hitch

I recently purchased a new Passport Express 239. It is a great size for a family of four. The only thing it lacks is the ability to attach a rear bike rack - at least not the bumper since it is integrated. I wanted to get thoughts on having a receiver mounted to the frame for attaching a bike rack. Having the bikes in the truck will take up nearly all the space. I also don't want to scratch up the camper trying to put four bikes inside. If the 2" tube could be welded to the frame, the extra weight between the rack and bikes would be under 250 lbs tops. Thanks!
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Old 05-01-2017, 07:03 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum!!

Adding weight to the rear will affect tongue weight. That said, I personally don't see an issue with what you want to do.
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Old 05-01-2017, 04:45 PM   #3
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I've been looking into doing the same thing. I talked with my local dealer and was told they can't do it because the only correct way is to have the receiver welded to the frame and that they don't have a certified welder onsite. As I think more about it, does anyone know if doing this modification will void any warranties?
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Old 05-01-2017, 05:04 PM   #4
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I recently purchased a new Passport Express 239. It is a great size for a family of four. The only thing it lacks is the ability to attach a rear bike rack - at least not the bumper since it is integrated. I wanted to get thoughts on having a receiver mounted to the frame for attaching a bike rack. Having the bikes in the truck will take up nearly all the space. I also don't want to scratch up the camper trying to put four bikes inside. If the 2" tube could be welded to the frame, the extra weight between the rack and bikes would be under 250 lbs tops. Thanks!
Welding a receiver to the frame and using a quality bike rack is the only way to go. Look for a welding shop who has some experience doing this type of mod on travel trailers. Cost should be in the $400/450 range. Money well spent and you get your truck bed back.
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Old 05-02-2017, 01:13 AM   #5
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I had a welding shop fabricate and weld a receiver hitch onto the frame rails below the rear bumper of my Bullet. I paid $500 plus $160 for the class 3 hitch. Worth every penny as I know I can safely attach the family bikes for summer camping and or cargo carrier for fall deer hunts.
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Old 05-02-2017, 01:47 AM   #6
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You have a couple of options. 1 is wait until out of warranty and then do what you want. The frame may have a l ok nger warranty period than the Keystone 1 year warranty. 2. Do a Google search to see if any body that has done it right has had any problems with warranty after adding a hitch. Then make your decision. 3. Just go ahead and do it and if there's a problem deal with it then. While it can happen, frame issues don't come up a lot.

Others will be able to add more. Welcome to the forum from Kansas City, MO! Enjoy your new rig! Make it what you need to make it yours.

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Old 05-02-2017, 10:29 AM   #7
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Welding a receiver to the frame and using a quality bike rack is the only way to go. Look for a welding shop who has some experience doing this type of mod on travel trailers. Cost should be in the $400/450 range. Money well spent and you get your truck bed back.
That's a nice pic Where was it taken?
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Old 05-02-2017, 10:49 AM   #8
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Express hitch..

This is my Passport, and I made and moved from the old one to this one the plate and square tube set up. It is a 1/4 " steel plate goes' all the way across the bumper saving space for the spare tire mount and clearing the hot water tank.
Also we have two adult swing down bike rack , I mounted the rack so it would allow for the tire to be removed and for space access to the hot water . I had made myself the "U" bolts to mount it to the bumper in 4 places , but you can buy these.

Previously I had a different handle but lost it and my space here on the pages, and had the photos posted.
I travel about 5,000 miles a year +- and have had no problems with weight in the back nor bumper problems.

If you wish to PM me ,I can see if I can get some more pics.
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Old 05-02-2017, 10:51 AM   #9
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What about drilling and using grade 5 or grade 8 bolts?
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Old 05-02-2017, 11:35 AM   #10
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Have you considered a tongue mounted bike rack?
There are a number of versions, here is one:
https://www.racksforcars.com/Arvika/
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