Bike Rack for 2015 [email protected] 320

PdwyerPdwyer Member Posts: 4
I just purchased a 2015 [email protected] 320 and I would like to add a bike rack to the front of the trailer.  I am leaning toward the "jack-it" but I am reading mixed feedback on the ease of attachment - specifically the bolts that may require a plate that may or may not come with the kit.   Any luck with the dual hitches?  I have a bike rack and it would be great if I could just use that, but I am not optimistic that the dual hitch would work.  I read it adds tongue weight and there might not be enough clerarance.  Any feedback would be appreciated

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  • db_cooperdb_cooper Member Posts: 588
    I got one, it wasn't tall enough to clear the coupler.   I haven't seen one tall enough to work.  We have the Outback so I carry bikes on the rack back there, and carry a Thule in the tow vehicle if we think we'll need to transport from camp.  Use the dual hitch so I don't have to remove the ball coupler.

    2015 Max S Outback | 2010 Xterra



  • BaylissBayliss Member Posts: 634
    edited June 13
    @Pdwyer, the Jack-IT is easy to attach to the front of the [email protected]  You just need to mount it while the trailer is hitched to your tow vehicle, because you first need to remove the front crank jack (three bolts, removed with a ratchet wrench.)  If you try removing the crank jack without the trailer hitched to your tow vehicle, the front of the trailer will fall to the ground when you remove the three bolts.  You do need the spacer to clear the heads of four bolts (see photos below), but you can purchase one from All Pro Adventures.  I believe that if you buy the Jack-IT from All Pro, the spacer is included.

    The bike mounting instructions that the manufacturer provides could be written a bit better (i.e., clearer), but once you figure out how to attach and secure the bikes, it is easy to use.  Just mount the bikes with the handle bars on opposite sides (i.e., one toward driver's side; the other toward the passenger side.)  If you have one bike that is larger than the other, I would recommend mounting it on the side closest to the front window of the trailer.  The Jack-It clears the front tub, so that is not an issue.

    NOTE:  The below photos are how it is mounted on my 2019 320 S Boondock Lite.  I am not sure about the space available on your 2015, so take that into consideration.  Hopefully, someone who has a 2015 model will provide some additional input. 












    2019 [email protected] 320 S Boondock Lite; Alde Compact 3020 Boiler; 2007 Toyota Tundra TRD (5.7L V8)
    Greg & Marlene (Tucson, AZ)


  • max_tab320smax_tab320s Member Posts: 6
    I have the Arvika bike rack. Love it. You can have 2 to 4 bikes up there according to the chosen model. No drilling required.
  • jebjamjebjam Member Posts: 8
    I think your photos answered a question I have, but can you confirm that you can use the Jack-It bike rack with a hand crank tongue jack?  We have a new [email protected] 320 and love taking bikes with us on all our trips.  Having settled on the Jack-It after watching countless videos and reading lots of reviews, I realized the installation has the bike rack straddling the tongue jack.  Easy if the jack is electric, but with a manual side crank seemed to me this wouldn't work. I wrote Jack-It and first they said it would work, then said they didn't think so.
    Bayliss, it looks like you simply rotated the jack so the tongue faced the tow vehicle and voila, all good.  Is this the case? Any issues with the handle facing forward with the bike rack attached?  I'm excited to think this is an easy adjustment I can make during installation and use the rack I intended on buying.  Your last photo looks like you're set for tons of fun....!
    2021 [email protected] 320 CS-S Boondock
    Golden, CO
  • BaylissBayliss Member Posts: 634
    edited June 15
    @jebjam, "yes," I use the Jack-IT with the hand crank positioned as depicted in the photos I posted above.  There is no issue with the crank handle (no interference.)  My crank handle has always been positioned toward the front, which is necessary because the Boondock spare sits in the basket area of the Boondock platform.  Also, I believe that the crank handle can only be installed facing toward the trailer coupler (at least on my trailer), because of the triangle shape of the base of the crank tube.  I am very satisfied with the Jack-IT, so I believe you will be happy with it.

    As an aside, I separately purchased the "Bump-IT" directly from Lippert Components.  It allows you to carry the Bike Wing portion of the Jack-IT on the back of your tow vehicle.  It fits in your tow vehicle receiver (see photo below.)  I added the red reflector.




    2019 [email protected] 320 S Boondock Lite; Alde Compact 3020 Boiler; 2007 Toyota Tundra TRD (5.7L V8)
    Greg & Marlene (Tucson, AZ)


  • jebjamjebjam Member Posts: 8
    Thanks for the info, and the tip - great add on to allow you to use it on your tow vehicle as well!  You know my brain recalled the jack crank facing sideways, and I realize my brain was wrong, it faces forward and has all along.  First dumb question on this forum (I'll let you know when the second one comes, it won't be long).
    2021 [email protected] 320 CS-S Boondock
    Golden, CO
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