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As luck would have it I wandered into our local Camping
World store just
looking to see what was around. They were in the process of moving
displays around and things were in disarray. I found a 3 bike Swagman
Bike Rack leaning in the corner which had obviously been an old
display model. I asked the manager the price, knowing full well that
with the locking knobs it was over $100. He looked at it and said,
I'll make you a deal, how about $60. Sold!
The model I got has the base configured as a
"sleeve" which fits over our
existing 2" drawbar. Once in place it is secured with 3 bolts,
two from the bottom and one from the side. This keeps it from
sliding on the drawbar. It only needs about 3 inches of clearance
between the receiver and ball. My luck, only 2 inches.
Well I stopped by my dealer and showed them the bike
rack and asked how much to get a longer drawbar. $30 for the longer
drawbar, but for $55 they would just make up a new longer drawbar unit
with 2" ball, sway plate & ball. Again, sold.
So now I have 2 complete drawbar units, one with a bike
rack installed and
one without. Depending on our plans for the trip I just choose which
one I want.