March '17

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rv-pro.com March 2017 • RV PRO • 57 Lippert Components now makes it possible to bring bicycles along on an RVing trip without either strapping them to the back of the vehicle or filling up valuable storage space. The Elkhart, Ind.-based company's Jack-It dual bike carrier – developed in collaboration with Let's Go Aero – technically debuted at the RV Dealers Association's Expo last fall, but is just now nearing full production. Jack-It installs over the tongue jack on the trailer's A-frame – something that's never been done before on a bike carrier, according to Jarod Lippert, LCI director of marketing and communications. The placement of the Jack-It over the tongue jack allows users to utilize valuable rear hitch/cargo space for additional gear, opening up new cargo utilization space. Additionally, mounting the bike carrier over the A-frame reduces any impact on the carrier and the bikes. "Where do we always put our cargo? On the back of the trailer, which is the bounciest, most violent part of the ride," Lippert says. "With a well weight-distributed hitch, it's going to create a pretty soft and stable surface for cargo. In effect, the Jack-It's position is the best place for less rattling." Additionally, the Jack-It's PowerTower frame design that sup- ports the BikeWing bike carrier helps protect the tongue jack from impact. BikeWing securely attaches up to two bikes by their wheels. The design adds natural balance, stability and control. With foam bumpers on each of the two sway control cradles, the rack's stability is enhanced and ensures that the bikes' finish isn't compromised, Lippert says. While BikeWing is designed to be used with the Jack-It A-frame mounting hardware, it can be detached and used with an additional hitch receiver on the rear of the tow vehicle (a hitch receiver is not included). Users might chose to do this if they want to leave the campsite with their bikes, Lippert notes. LCI's development of the Jack-It in collaboration with Let's Go Aero utilized the strengths of both companies, according to Lippert. "Marty Williams of Let's Go Aero wanted to partner with us because we run our chassis through strict testing and engineering standards. If you're going to put something on the front of an RV, it has to be tested, and who better than the company that makes 95 percent of RV chassis," he says. He adds, "We have 100 years of chassis engineering experience combined, so we know what's going to work and what's going to fail. We can engineer something that stands up to the rigors of the road." The Jack-It is compatible with all bike frames and most A-Frame travel and cargo trailers. It has a weight capacity of up to 25 pounds. The Jack-It includes two lockable NoMotion pins, three 3/8-inch bolts and 16 1-1/2-inch bolts for installation. "It takes a lot of resources to bring a product to the market and make it successful. We were the muscle behind a cool idea and making it a mainstream RV accessory for years to come," Lippert says. Early indications are that the Jack-It is going to be a hit with the RV market, given that the company has already sold all of its first models and the product was recently recognized with a Best New Product award from distributor Northern Wholesale. What impressed RV PRO: Given that many RVers want to take as much as possible with them on the road, having more options to store clunky equipment like bikes is a no-brainer. While there are other bike carriers on the market, Jack-It is notable because it is based on the A-frame, resulting in an unmatched level of stability. www.lci1.com rv-pro.com March 2017 • RV PRO • 57 A-Frame-Mounted Dual-Bike Carrier

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