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Old 08-05-2014, 11:48 AM   #1
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Bicycle Carrier

We are currently carrying our two bicycles on the back of our car with a rack that attaches at the top and bottom of the hatchback on our 2013 KIA Soul. I'm not very happy with the setup, it scratches the car and the bicycles move around quite a bit during travel. We have a 40 ft DP and tow the car and a motorcycle on a Tandem Two Dolly. I have seen some nicer racks that hook to a tow hitch and the bikes stand up on the bike rack with their wheels in a well and a ratcheted bar holding them down. I really like the system but am worried about the angle that will be created with the front wheels up on a hitch which would already be rather low on my small car. Any ideas on rather this would work or perhaps a better way to tow two bike with my setup?Click image for larger version

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Old 08-05-2014, 11:58 AM   #2
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Is there room to put a dual hitch receiver between the coach and tow dolly? If so you could get a receiver hitch rack to put directly on the MH hitch in the top receiver.

The Roadmaster Dual Hitch Receiver is one such. I use the 077-4 on my coach.

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Old 08-05-2014, 11:59 AM   #3
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Think you are talking about the swagman bike rack...

we got it and this extension to give it more room between the rv and bikes - between it and the sweep "up" of the bike rack it gave us enough room...

but you are right about the amount of movement !
Putting about 10 bungee cords helped, but still was a lot...

and I even had these hitch locks to tighten it up...

one thing to make sure of is verify if the company will warranty the rack if behind an rv - the swagman wasn't so I returned it !
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We like our Swagman 2 bike rack. They drop in and are secure and easy on the bikes.
We have over 25000 miles with them on the back of the car and only had to tighten 2 bolts on the rack. Easy on and off.
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