This was our 2013 Jayco Flight Swift 198 RD


Friday 25 November 2016

The big difference 10 inches make

Last week the temperatures down here in southern Ontario reached a whopping 20C/68F for a couple of days.  For the middle of November that is truly a gift and everyone who could used the opportunity to spend some time outdoors.  I packed away the garden ornaments and furniture, raked leaves and waked the dogs.  Benno thought that was a good time to mount our bicycles to the back of the trailer particularly because we had received the ordered bicycle cover in the mail a little while ago.  The baskets for the dogs had to come off and the saddles too.  It took a bit of fiddling and by removing the two outside pedals to prevent chafing, the cover fit nicely.  However, fastening the cover with just the one string provided underneath would not do.  During our boating years we had fabricated several covers for all sorts of items out of canvas and Benno had become an expert in fastening grommets into the seams for tying them up.  Luckily we still had a box of spare grommets and the tools to do this task and that came in handy now.   He did a neat job and with some sturdy string (yes, leftover from the boating stuff) this bicycle cover is now a perfect fit that won’t come loose while we are towing the camper.  We were quite happy with this arrangement until we read Rick’s blog of “It’s about time” where he is describing his project of adding extra tail lights to his 5th wheel to be better seen when his bikes are mounted at the rear of his rig.

That made us think of our situation and by looking at the finished job of the bicycle carrier with the covered bikes on them; we realized that we might have a problem there.  You could barely see the lights and license plate from the back and because of this a County Mountie or State Trooper having a bad day could maybe give us a ticket for obstructing the view to the tail lights and license plate part wise.  Of course there is also the possibility that the driver of a following vehicle doesn’t pay close attention to our signaling and braking lights and we might be in trouble.
So off came the bikes and the carrier.  Benno thought by raising the bumper hitch adapter by 10 inches could solve the problem. 
Paul, a friend living in the neighborhood is a retired welder who had his own business; we gave him the job of making this hitch a bit taller to mount on the bumper of our travel trailer.  Paul had done other welding jobs for us and always produced super good-looking items.  When he came back with the finished welding job of the raised hitch it looked like it was factory fabricated or better.  What a fantastic good looking hitch mount.  Thank you, Paul. All that was needed now was for Benno to put a couple of coats of paint on to protect the metal and we are good to go. 

I include pictures of before and after.

Did I mention we are happy campers?  Well, soon I hope. It’ll be only a matter of a few weeks when we are actually going to be on the way.


looking at the grommets


so much better, but not quite

In addition, Benno shortened the factory-installed ladder, 
which obstructed the view of the taillights.

1 comment:

  1. Great job at raising the Bicycles. No one will be able to say they can't see your lights.
    Since our Tandem Bicycle folds it also has Folding Pedals. We liked that so much we added them to our other bikes to make them easier to transport.
    A little Secret. We use Barbecue Covers to protect our bikes from the weather. Like Benno I install Grommets and use Bungee Cords to secure them down.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.