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    Receiver for Rear of Trailer

    My friend Rick wanted me to fabricate a receiver that would mount to the cargo carrier on the rear of the trailer that would allow him to install a bicycle rack to the receiver, when desired. With this design the bicycle rack would be easy to remove from the cargo carrier when it wasnít required. Rick originally wanted to use a piece of angle iron that he had for the cross brace, but I talked him into using a piece of square tubing, for improved torsional rigidity. I didnít want the bicycles to bounce around too much -- particularly the heavier electric bicycle.

    1. Original Plan
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    Rick wanted the bottom of of the receiver to be flush with the deck to we installed the receiver tube offset on the top as shown below.

    2. Offset receiver
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    I welded a tab to the top of the cross tube to close off the hole caused by the offset receiver tube.

    3. Offset tab
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    Notice the Fireball square that I used to square up the receiver to the cross tube.

    4. Tack welding
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    5. Welding it out
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    Re: Receiver for Rear of Trailer

    6. Me welding the end cap
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    7. End cap welded
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    8. Bottom of receiver welded
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    9.All welded top view
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    10. Welded bottom view
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    11. Painted
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    12. Mounted on cargo carrier
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    Re: Receiver for Rear of Trailer

    I would replace the pin in the receiver with a 5/8" fine thread bolt lock nut to take the slop out.

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    Re: Receiver for Rear of Trailer

    How are you liking that Minion square? I've been thinking about getting a set since they're smaller than their brothers, but....

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    Re: Receiver for Rear of Trailer

    That will work.
    When through bolting wood, using 1/4" plate and drilling a hole excedes a basic flat washer.


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    Re: Receiver for Rear of Trailer

    Quote Originally Posted by _Weldman_ View Post
    I would replace the pin in the receiver with a 5/8" fine thread bolt lock nut to take the slop out.
    Good idea.
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    Re: Receiver for Rear of Trailer

    Quote Originally Posted by VaughnT View Post
    How are you liking that Minion square? I've been thinking about getting a set since they're smaller than their brothers, but....
    I really like all of the Fireball Tools. I noticed that my Minion square has some improvements over the original square that I purchased. It has tapped holes on both sides, which makes it easier to gain access for clamps. It also has knurled screws so that you donít need any tools.

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    Re: Receiver for Rear of Trailer

    Quote Originally Posted by BD1 View Post
    That will work.
    When through bolting wood, using 1/4" plate and drilling a hole excedes a basic flat washer.


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    Good point, thanks for the suggestion.
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    Re: Receiver for Rear of Trailer

    Quote Originally Posted by Don52 View Post
    I It also has knurled screws so that you donít need any tools.

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    Hey! I also use knurled screws on my homemade squares. LOL









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    Re: Receiver for Rear of Trailer

    Quote Originally Posted by Lis2323 View Post
    Hey! I also use knurled screws on my homemade squares. LOL
    I love your huge squares. The larger size Fireball squares are on my wish list.

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    Re: Receiver for Rear of Trailer

    Here is a picture that Rick just sent to me showing the bicycles mounted to the rack.

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    Re: Receiver for Rear of Trailer

    with the bolt idea, how about making bolt over length then drilling a cross hole so a padlock can be put through. then not only will it stop a thief just unbolting it and walking off with everything, it also means that if bolt starts to back out it can't go very far.

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    Re: Receiver for Rear of Trailer

    Quote Originally Posted by ghost_walker View Post
    with the bolt idea, how about making bolt over length then drilling a cross hole so a padlock can be put through. then not only will it stop a thief just unbolting it and walking off with everything, it also means that if bolt starts to back out it can't go very far.
    Good idea but it would be a pretty tiny shackle for going through the 5/8" bolt.


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    Re: Receiver for Rear of Trailer

    if it makes it more awkward to steal, only those who really really want it will have a go at it.

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    Re: Receiver for Rear of Trailer

    Quote Originally Posted by ghost_walker View Post
    if it makes it more awkward to steal, only those who really really want it will have a go at it.
    nowadays thiefs have cordless grinders, they can steal whatever they want if you give them a minute....

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    Re: Receiver for Rear of Trailer

    Never had a nut back off on the combination I posted and I have driven thousands of miles with a 12k winch I custom fabricated to go in to a hitch receiver tube.

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    Re: Receiver for Rear of Trailer

    At least the tail lights are somewhat visible.

    I always shake my head when I see idiots with 10 bicycles on the back of their little sh*tbox car..... completely blocking the tail lights and marker tag.

    Good way to get rear ended.

    and I've actually seen that happen.....
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