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Old 10-14-2017, 04:59 PM   #1
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Default Bike carrier for Pleasure Way 3500

My wife and I just purchased an older Pleasure Way 3500RV. We bought a Thule bike rack for the receiver, and when this wouldn't extend far enough past the spare tire carrier mounted on the back, we added a 12" Thule extension. It is now much too long and cumbersome to use. Has anyone come up with another solution? I saw one PW on Route 95 that seemed to have their bikes mounted on the front bumper. Does anyone know about this or anything else that they can recommend? Thanks in advance.

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Old 10-14-2017, 10:21 PM   #2
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Cut the extension to the correct length. You may have to drill new pin holes to.
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Old 10-15-2017, 12:59 PM   #3
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Depending on the age and type of vehicle, you can buy a front receiver kit that mounts to the frame. Sometimes you have to cut a hole in the bumper. Or you may have to have a welder attach it. Our 1996 Ford F350 has one and that is how we carry bicycles.

We believe it would not be an option for our 2017 Transit because of the configuration of the front end so you have to take a good look at what you can attach the receiver to.
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Hi, I moved the spare tire to the front end on my 1996 Dodge Pleasure-Way using the rear bracket . I can show you how if you are interested.
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Have your extension shortened. Any fabrication shop can do it. It’s worth it.
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note that the original post is old on this. Still relevant. But I'm guessing that the OP has probably solved their problem. That said, soyouz9. I'd be interesting in seeing pics of your solution if you'd be willing to post them. I own a 97 PW. Thanks.
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I am also interested in this project. An added benefit in our dodge vans would be moving some weight forward which may improve handling.
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Hi,
I just posted an album entitled Dodge B3500 front tire carrier where you can see some details of the installation. Works great , no impact at all on cooling circuit.
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Looks good. Nice job. Are the lower brackets also part of the rear door spare tire mount - all you had to do is use longer bolts with washers to adapt it to the front bumper??
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Agree: Looks good. Thx for posting the pics.
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Thank you, the lower brackets are custom made. Mounting bolts are stainless, 1/4-20 Flat head machine screw, 1-3/4" length if I remember well . I can provide cad drawings for the lower brackets and upper underhood stainless if needed.
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