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Old 09-04-2012, 07:18 AM   #1
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Bike Rack question

We just bought our new toad, 2012 Versa. Now, I have to figure out how to bring our bikes with us, four bikes in all: 2 adult & 2 children. I figure we have two options. I can buy a hitch for the Versa, however they only make class I hitches for the Versa, and i'm not overly impressed on how they mount to the car.
Secondly, I figure I could buy the Roadmaster Dual Hitch Receiver Adapter, 4" Drop/Rise which would allow me to use the hitch on my MH for the toad as well as my bike rack. Any thoughts?
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:23 AM   #2
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Look on the net at Camping World. They have a pretty good selection. I use one where the rack slides over the hitch. Works just fine.
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Old 09-04-2012, 08:03 AM   #3
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I should have said this earlier, but I already have a four bike bike rack (say that ten times fast) that slides into either a 2" or 1.25" reciever. I really don't want to buy a new bike rack just the equipment to carry it.

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Old 09-04-2012, 08:26 AM   #4
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I use the Roadmaster Dual Hitch Receiver Adapter RM-077-4. It is a 2" or 4" Drop/Rise with a 5 bike rack. I needed the drop to align the tow bar anyway. Due to scrapping the pavement pulling out of my subdivision I added a wheel to the bottom of the drop. I still scrape sometimes but I don't rip up the pavement.
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Hi and welcome to the forum.

We went through the same process a couple years back. Here's what we came up with including pics: Blue Ox Bike Rack

As I write this I'm sitting in Nova Scotia. The bikes are on the rack and have followed us around without incident for 40,000 miles since I posted the above. If only I could find a rack that would make me ride the bikes more often I'd really be happy.

I'm a big fan of Blue Ox... although this model only holds three bikes and may not fit your needs.

Best of luck.

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I use the Roadmaster Dual Hitch Receiver Adapter RM-077-4. It is a 2" or 4" Drop/Rise with a 5 bike rack. I needed the drop to align the tow bar anyway. Due to scrapping the pavement pulling out of my subdivision I added a wheel to the bottom of the drop. I still scrape sometimes but I don't rip up the pavement.
With 5 bikes do you ever worry about taking a sharp turn and one of bikes hitting your toad?

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Since we never leave our toad at home, I installed a hitch on the toad. It is easier and more room to carry the bikes on the toad.
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I installed a front hitch, just like the city buses.
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Since we never leave our toad at home, I installed a hitch on the toad. It is easier and more room to carry the bikes on the toad.
Yeah, I totally agree, but would you put a bike rack and 4 bikes on a class I hitch? That is my big questions.

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With 5 bikes do you ever worry about taking a sharp turn and one of bikes hitting your toad?

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That's a good question. One of the bikes mounts between the rack and MH, we don't usually carry one there. The others are mounted higher than the HHR hood, I think. We are going to the coast Sunday. I will load everything up Saterday and verify there is no interference. Thanks
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Yeah, I totally agree, but would you put a bike rack and 4 bikes on a class I hitch? That is my big questions.

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Not in a hundred years! We just put a class 1 on our CRV. The bike rack has to clear the CRV's spare, so it protrudes a little more than some, but 2 bikes is all I would ever want to put on it - even though they are fairly lightweight bikes. I can't imagine putting 2 more on it... -Al
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Yeah, I totally agree, but would you put a bike rack and 4 bikes on a class I hitch? That is my big questions.

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We have used a class 1 for four or five bikes, (according to how many grandkids are with us) for ten years, with no problems.
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Recommend the Roadmaster drop/riser hitch. I have hauled four bikes on a class one receiver for a number of years. The bikes are high enough with the Yakama rack to clear the toad hood. I do have to be careful with the front bike touching the motor home skin. I used a standard 3 inch drop hitch and then welded another 2 inch receiver with a 2 inch rise on top. Works like a charm. Cost me $10 to do the mod. Careful, requires a certified weld in that location. If you choose to use a ball hitch for the toad, then the hitch pictured above looks like a winner.
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