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Old 08-04-2018, 06:55 AM   #1
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Looking for a bike rack recommendation for my coach

We are looking at taking our bikes south this winter and was hoping some folks might have some recommendations for us.

Some " would likes" are

lockable for bikes

very little flex in the rack when bouncing down the road

since we have a rear engine hatch would like something that swings away for checking oil, etc

something that carries the bikes high enough not to interest theives

Any suggestions or experiences for me to learn from

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Old 08-04-2018, 07:54 AM   #2
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After buying 4 different bike racks that were less than special, I believe 1UP USA makes that best bike rack on the market.
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I absolute love the KUAT I just bought to replace one I shouldn't have bought. Here is the thread:

Bike rack recommendation?
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Old 08-04-2018, 04:23 PM   #4
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Keeping mine in the basement
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We are very pleased with the Thule Vertec, two bike rack.
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After buying 4 different bike racks that were less than special, I believe 1UP USA makes that best bike rack on the market.
Wow those look like fine bike racks. Had I known about these I might be an owner. I started with a Kuat Beta many years ago & currently use a Kuat Sherpa (we only need to carry two bicycles). Anyhow I would give Kuat a good recommendation also.
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Yakima holdup 2. Easy to load and unload. No stress on the bike frame.
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Old 08-04-2018, 05:34 PM   #8
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I absolute love the KUAT I just bought to replace one I shouldn't have bought. Here is the thread:

Bike rack recommendation?
x2 Kuat
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Old 08-04-2018, 06:22 PM   #9
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I bought a Thule for the back of my CR-V from eTrailer
They have videos of installation, operation and even a driving test showing vibration and bouncing while vehicle is being driven.
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IMHO, I would go with a rack where the bikes actually sit in sort of tray and are held down by a sliding bracket. I had a different rack prior to this type. My first rack had the two bars where you actually hang your bike on its cross bar. Over time, and lots of miles, I found the older rack actually caused more severe wear spots and broken shifters and brake handles. I have been using the ďtrayĒ type for the last 3 years and have had no bike damage.
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Mike, are you towing a car as well?

We like 1up the best and Kuat second best. 1up is more modular. Kuat has integrated cable locks.

Both can be wobbly without adding hitch tighteners.

We have the 1up cargo tray plus two bike holders above the toad, and the Kuat plus 2-bike extension on the toad as well. (Some would say we have too many bikes.)

Kuat starts to need new parts after five or six years of continuous use. 1up, too early to say, but it is a simpler design and probably will stay looking better longer.
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I have the Kuat NV 2.0. It has a built in hitch tightener.
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Mike, are you towing a car as well?

We like 1up the best and Kuat second best. 1up is more modular. Kuat has integrated cable locks.

Both can be wobbly without adding hitch tighteners.

We have the 1up cargo tray plus two bike holders above the toad, and the Kuat plus 2-bike extension on the toad as well. (Some would say we have too many bikes.)

Kuat starts to need new parts after five or six years of continuous use. 1up, too early to say, but it is a simpler design and probably will stay looking better longer.


Not exactly. The Sherpa and the NV both have hitch tighteners. Not sure about the other models.

I have had my NV for well over 8 + years and my sherpa for over 6. Full timing and in use all the time. Both look fine and no replacement parts have been needed.

I canít comment on the 1up.

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