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Old 09-30-2011, 04:06 PM   #1
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Bikes On Back-Cover??

Just got back from 3000 miles (Houston to Smoky Mts NP) round trip with two bikes on the back of the MH. As expected, they got really dirty back there and hot from the radiator (mine is a rear mount radiator).

My question is if I put a cover over the bikes will it interfere with my cooling? The bikes are only about 24 inches behind the vents and I do not know if a solid plastic cover over the bikes might cause air circulation problems.

Any opinions?

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Old 09-30-2011, 10:00 PM   #2
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Good question Dave I have seen many DP's with your situation and no one has complained about it on this forum that I can remember.
You need to cover them, I would try and observe your temps while doing it, maybe the fan will compensate for the diminished air flow and will over ride the restriction.
If it does cause a problem you can always get the fold up bikes and put them in a compartment.
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I carry a 900 lb motorcycle on back of my newmar with no problems

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I installed a hitch receiver on my towed car. I carry the bikes on the toad.
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Coming through Portland OR on I-205 southbound one day I saw a bike rack with two bikes still attached up against the guard rail. The weld at the hitch probably failed.
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That is a really good question. I've been running the set up you discribe with a Champion bike cover now for over 2 years and 25,000 miles with no overheating problems but I do wonder if it'll run cooler if the covered bikes weren't there.

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We take the front tires off our 10 speed mountain bikes and put bikes and tires inside our toad, a 2007 Jeep Liberty.
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