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For me, I like to keep the back end of my truck bike free which leaves room for other things such as fire wood, coolers and usually a couple scooters for the girls. This Swagman around the spare tire bike rack was the perfect solution for my travel trailer which is a 23IKSS Shamrock / Roo by Forest River.

The Swagman around the spare tire system is super easy to install and it is the perfect answer to carrying the kids bikes. How do we get the adult bikes to our destination? We really like the jack-it double bike carrier system which combined with this Swagman system allows us to carry four bikes in total.

The installation and how to can be found here. Enough about the bikes on the front of the camper and back to how to install a Swagman around the spare tire back rack system.

What Size Bumper Can the Around the Spare Rack Accommodate

The Swagman around the spare tire bike rack is designed to be held on to the travel trailer with two U-bolts. These U-bolts are designed to clamp on to a 4 – 4 1/2″ continuous welded square bumper.

You should ensure that your bumper is is welded. If not, you run the risk of the bumper falling off and being dragged behind the camper. Make sure the rear bumper of your camper is designed to hold more weight than just a spare tire.

Swagman Around the Spare Tire Bike Rack Features

Per Swagman, the around the spare tire bike rack comes with the following features;

  • Includes 2 nylon straps to secure the bikes by the top tubes which prevents excess rattling
  • 2 release pins designed to allow you to remove the top half of the rack which allows easy access to the spare tire
  • The anti-sway cradles comes with 3 points that have durable rubber straps that are used for the following
    • Won’t scratch the bike’s finish
    • Accepts bike frames up to 1 1/2″ in diameter
    • Prevents bike to bike contact during transportation
  • Swagman around the spare tire bike rack is designed to carry 2 bikes
  • Bike rack mounts to the square bumper with 2 U-bolts and brackets
  • Swagman bike rack is constructed with corrosion resistant black powder coating

Swagman Around the Spare Tire Bike Rack Specs

  • The maximum bike frame diameter is designed for 1 1/2″
  • The spare tire has a clearance of 12 3/4″
  • The distance from the edge of the cradle to the edge of the other cradle is 18″
  • 35 lbs per bike maximum weight capacity
  • Designed for 4 – 4 1/2″ square continuously welded steel bumpers
Own - Swagman Around the Spare Tire Bike Rack - Depth

The depth clearance from the bumper to the inside of the lower bike rack is 12″. The bike rack does slope out a little giving you another 1/4 – 1/2″ clearance as it goes up to the top.

Own - Swagman Around the Spare Tire Bike Rack - Height

From the top of the bottom of the bike rack to the under side of the bike support rails is 24″.

Own - Swagman Around the Spare Tire Bike Rack - Depth of Bike Bars

The Swagman’s around the spare tire bike support rails stick out 12″.

Own - Swagman Around the Spare Tire Bike Rack - Width of Bike Bars

The width of the bike racks support rail center to center is 14 1/4″. This dimension can change a little depending on the width to bottom U-bolts are bolted apart from one another.

Tools Needed to Install Swagman Around the Spare Bike Rack

  • (2) 1/2″ sockets or ratchets
  • 15mm socket or ratchet

How to Assemble & Install Swagman Around the Spare Bike Rack

Own - Swagman Around The Spare Tire Bike Rack on RV - Place the U-Bolt around the rear bumper

Start out by placing the U-Bolt around the bumper.

Own - Swagman Around The Spare Tire Bike Rack on RV - Place Lower Bike Rack Assembly on U - Bolts

Place the lower around the spare bike rack assembly on the U-Bolt. Put one locking washer followed by the nut on the top and bottom thread of the U-Bolt.

Just finger tighten until the end so adjustments can be made.

Own - Swagman Around The Spare Tire Bike Rack on RV - Repeat on Other Side

Repeat this process on the other side of the spare tire.

Own - Swagman Around The Spare Tire Bike Rack on RV - Place Upper Bike Rack into Lower Bike Rack

Grab the Upper arms of the around the spare tire assembly and place them in the lower assembly that was just assembled on the rear bumper of the travel trailer. The upper arms should be pointing away from each other.

Own - Swagman Around The Spare Tire Bike Rack on RV - Install Pins

Insert the two pins between the the top and bottom of the bike rack in the pre-drilled hole. This is a pin instead of a bolt so that the rack can easily be removed should access to the spare tire be needed.

Own - Swagman Around The Spare Tire Bike Rack on RV - Install Left Side of Stabilizer

Install the stabilizer bar on one side with the provided bolt. Ensure you place the locking washer on prior to putting the nut on.

Own - Swagman Around The Spare Tire Bike Rack on RV - Install Right Side Stabilizer

Repeat the same process on the other side of the stabilizer bar.

Own - Swagman Around The Spare Tire Bike Rack on RV - Tighten Stabilizer Bolts

Once all connections are finger tight and everything aligns it is time to tighten everything down. Start with the two stabilizer bolts and get them good and snug.

Own - Swagman Around The Spare Tire Bike Rack on RV - Tighten Lower U-Bolts

Repeat this process with the four bolts at the bottom of the Swagman’s around spare tire rack. Enjoy your camping season!

Own - Swagman Around the Spare Tire Bike Rack - Loaded with Bikes b
Yield: Swagman's Around the Spare Tire Bike Rack

How to Install Swagman Around the Spare Tire Bike Rack on RV

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

For me, I like to keep the back end of my truck bike free which leaves room for other things such as fire wood, coolers and usually a couple scooters for the girls. This Swagman around the spare tire bike rack was the perfect solution for my travel trailer which is a 23IKSS Shamrock / Roo by Forest River.

Materials

  • Swagman Around the Spare Tire Bike Rack

Tools

  • (2) 1/2″ sockets or ratchets
  • 15mm socket or ratchet

Instructions

  1. Start out by placing the U-Bolt around the bumper.
  2. Place the lower bike rack support on the U-Bolt. Add the locking nut and then finger tighten the nut on. Repeat this process on the other side of the spare tire.
  3. Insert the upper vertical bike rack support system into the lower base support. The bars should be bowing away from one another. Insert the safety locking pin.
  4. Install the stabilizer bar on one side and then the other side of the bike rack tying the two together. Ensure a locking washer is install prior to the nut.
  5. Make minor adjustments to square everything up then tighten down the stabilizer bracket followed by the four u-bolt nuts.
  6. Enjoy the camping season!
Author

I have a bachelor's degree in construction engineering. When I’m not constructing or remodeling X-Ray Rooms, Cardiovascular Labs, and Pharmacies...I’m at home with my wife, two daughters and a dog. Outside of family, I love grilling and barbequing on my Big Green Egg and working on projects around the house.

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