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Old 08-17-2013, 08:03 PM   #1
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Various ways to carry two bicycles - experiences, pros and cons?

2002 Pace Arrow on Ford F53, with Jeep Wrangler toad.

Bike rack on a:
  • Front mount receiver on the motorhome?
  • Receiver on the rear of the Jeep?
  • Double receiver on the rear of the motorhome?
Other option?

Experiences and pros/cons welcomed - thanks!
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If I had a Jeep, which I don't, I would carry the bikes on the back of it. That way when you get to the park, you can unhitch and go to where you want to ride. We would have to use the duel hitch method.
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Old 08-17-2013, 08:27 PM   #3
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I also had the same dilemma that I solved with a Yakima rack that mounts on the spare tire and still let's you open the rear gate. I found mine on EBay for approx. $100. Have used several times and so far it's a jewel.
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We use a hitch mounted rack on our Honda CRV toad.
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Old 08-17-2013, 08:35 PM   #5
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We have a 2in receiver on the back of our Jeep, and we carry the bikes back there, and since we don't usually bike where the RV is parked, works great. And if we don't bring the Jeep, we can put the bike rack on the RV. Also we can take the bikes out when not RVing.
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I also had the same dilemma that I solved with a Yakima rack that mounts on the spare tire and still let's you open the rear gate. I found mine on EBay for approx. $100. Have used several times and so far it's a jewel.
Yes, have seen the tire mounted racks. Great to be able to readily open the rear gate. However, I have an over-sized tire on the rear gate now and any more weight there would surely be a problem.
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Sell the bikes. Ride the jeep.
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We have the Swagman XC Cross Country bike carrier. It slips over the toad hitch on the RV and they ride safely between the toad and our RV. A couple of bungee cords make it more secure. Nice thing is that you can disconnect the toad and leave the bikes on the RV hitch. We love it for its simplicity and ease of mounting and dismounting. $160 at Amazon.
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One option not mentioned yet....get two folding bikes with bags, and you can put them in the motorhome, in the jeep, or possibly in a storage bay. We have two Dahon Boardwalk bikes that are great for casual bike riding. If you need more specialized bikes, Dahon makes several different types of folding bikes.
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To address a couple previous posts.....
Some hitch type racks will flip down out of the way of the tailgate
Ain't no bike folds up small enuff to fit in the back of a standard Wrangler with the rear seat in!
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Sell the bikes. Ride the jeep.
I agree, but my doctor is pretty much saying the opposite.
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We were in a pinch last winter bringing a new to us Wrangler home from AZ. We lowered the dining booth into a bed and put the bikes there for the drive home to IL. We'll be looking for a way to haul them back west this winter mounted on the Wrangler.
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Can't you take the front wheels off and put them into the Jeep? We put ours in one of the storage bays, but I am thinking about keeping them in our toad (a Honda Element). I also have a rack and may put them in back of the Element, but I have plenty of space in the coach bays at the moment.
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I put 2 bikes in a single bay. I take the front wheels off and put a blanket between them. Storing them in the coach keeps them clean, dry and safe from theft. FYI, any bike lock made today can be cut in 30"-42" using a battery operated die grinder. I've seen it done. Very depressing.
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