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Front receiver hitch

Anyone have any leads on a front mount receiver hitch? I know a couple guys made them for the Sprinter but have not found for the PM. I am looking to put my bike rack in the front so I can open the rear doors.

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About the only thing found here in the U.S. is this, which a receiver could be added to. You'd have to check how it's mounted to see if it will carry the extra weight?

http://www.eurocampers.com/Tuff-Guar...er_p_1391.html

A few Nudge bars and Bumpers are available in Europe but the import costs could be high. I haven't seen any of them with a receiver either.

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Found this: Looks like the bumper/grill guard Eurocampers.com is selling (part # and picture even match)

Looks like they sell it for Sprinters, PMs and Transits. Looks a bit too "universal fit" on the PM to my eye...

http://www.luvernetruck.com/Product_...lications.html

http://www.luvernetruck.com/Product_...0_-205918-.pdf
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http://www.pioneer-leisure.co.uk/lg_...ike_200_DJ.jpg

Fiamma makes a bike rack that allows door operation.
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Anyone have any leads on a front mount receiver hitch? I know a couple guys made them for the Sprinter but have not found for the PM. I am looking to put my bike rack in the front so I can open the rear doors.

Thanks!
Assuming you are talking about bicycles and not a motorcycle, there are many swing-away hitch mounted bicycle racks. There are also cargo trays that swing out of the way of van rear doors for much heavier loads, so design can handle greater weight if needed. I don't know if you can buy a swing-away arm separately to work with your existing rack, or if they will clear PM doors swinging 270 degrees or so. It's worth a Google search in my opinion.

If you have nice bikes I'd recommend thinking hard about placing them in front of any vehicle. Bugs and other debris can do a job on them.
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Is it even possible to add a front receiver to the Promaster?
I would like one to attach a portable winch. No AWD, no 4x4, no locking differential. What do you do when you get stuck?
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Assuming you are talking about bicycles and not a motorcycle, there are many swing-away hitch mounted bicycle racks. There are also cargo trays that swing out of the way of van rear doors for much heavier loads, so design can handle greater weight if needed. I don't know if you can buy a swing-away arm separately to work with your existing rack, or if they will clear PM doors swinging 270 degrees or so. It's worth a Google search in my opinion.

If you have nice bikes I'd recommend thinking hard about placing them in front of any vehicle. Bugs and other debris can do a job on them.
I agree! It's not difficult to make your own swing out bicycle rack anyhow. I'm going to make one up to fit in my receiver this winter
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Ouch, $700 for a bike rack mount seems steep. I would love a front mounted rack as well. I just bought this one for the rear



and I can't open the rear doors with my serfas hitch mount bike rack

Great rack for the price but it does block the exhaust slightly and I'm concerned it might create increased back pressure on the exhaust system.
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Thanks for the info! All the swing out racks I have found don't work with the type of bikes I have. I need a tray style system. I don't love the idea of putting bikes in the front but have not found any other options that I really like either.

I have thought of putting them on the roof but don't know if I want to jump up there to get them. If any of you guys have any detailed info on adding a swing out hitch to use with my current it would be helpful!

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