Go Back   iRV2 Forums > TRAVEL TRAILER, 5th WHEEL & TRUCK CAMPER FORUMS > Travel Trailer Discussion
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 03-19-2010, 02:16 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
bigredone's Avatar
 
Forest River Owners Club
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 4
Smile Bike Rack

I am looking at purchasing one of those bike racks that hooks on to the ladder at the back of a 5th wheel. Does anyone have any experience with those, positive or negative? I want to hang two regular bikes.

Thanks,
Bigredone

__________________

__________________
Big Red One
31" Forest River Wildcat
2007 Silverado 2500 HD Crew Cab Longbed Diesel 4X4
bigredone is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 03-19-2010, 02:33 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
wardy's Avatar
 
Tiffin Owners Club
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Winter Park, Fl
Posts: 473
Bigredone,

I had the plastic type that bolts to the ladder. I would not recommend them and I never used them as intended. They are difficult to get any bike to sit just right in the jaws. If you have a hitch behind the 5th (best w/ 2 inch receiver) I would use one of those racks. They are strong, easy to mount and easier on the shoulders & back storing/removing.

Good luck & happy peddling.
__________________

__________________
2007 Allegro Bus 42 QRP, 400 ISL now 2017 LTV Serenity on a 2016 Sprinter chassis
wardy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2010, 05:37 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
450Donn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Dallas,OR
Posts: 2,554
A while back one of the insurance companies, CW insurance I think showed how they offered coverage for loss from bikes falling off the ladder types. It was sort of funny, but IMHO I would never consider that type of bike carrier. The ladder is not that strong and all the bouncing can tear the ladder completely off.
__________________
Don and Lorri
2007 Dodge 3500 dually
Resident Dummy.
450Donn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2010, 05:55 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Half Dimes's Avatar


 
Florida Cooters Club
Appalachian Campers
Coastal Campers
Carolina Campers
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Nature Coast FL
Posts: 1,679
On this topic on other threads both here and in other forums, I've seen few, if any, that have much positive to say about ladder mounts. Even a receiver hitch rack has to be very strong due to the bouncing that goes on at the back of the rig.

I have heard favorable comments about this one: fifthwheel though the rack will not work with all pin boxes (like mine) due to flanges on the sides of the box. We have two recumbent bikes that we sometimes carry on a receiver rack. Besides the bouncing, the bikes can really get dirty unless covered.
__________________
Dave & Jo Ann
'08 HitchHiker Champagne 35LKRSB | '11 F350 Lariat 6.7PSD
Half Dimes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2010, 05:59 PM   #5
Member
 
Chemtchr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Lakeside, CA
Posts: 32
I heartily agree with 450Donn. I would not recommend it. I purchased an aluminum rack and had nothing but trouble. Unless you have those bikes strapped down as tight as you can and then some more, the weight of the bikes and the bouncing of the trailer will destroy the rack as it did mine. It broke my ladder. Lifting the bikes up on to the rack was difficult as well. I am looking at a rack that bolts to the bumper and around the spare tire. Has anyone tried that set up before?
__________________
Dave & Robin
2006 Sierra 2500 HD Crew Cab
2008 Fleetwood Prowler 235RL
Chemtchr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2010, 10:45 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Appalachian Campers
Coastal Campers
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: New Bern,NC
Posts: 2,032
I got one of the ladder bike racks and not very fond of it. I use several bungee to hold the bike on.
__________________
diandtom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2010, 08:04 AM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Mission TX
Posts: 73
Quote:
Originally Posted by Half Dimes View Post
On this topic on other threads both here and in other forums, I've seen few, if any, that have much positive to say about ladder mounts. Even a receiver hitch rack has to be very strong due to the bouncing that goes on at the back of the rig.

I have heard favorable comments about this one: fifthwheel though the rack will not work with all pin boxes (like mine) due to flanges on the sides of the box. We have two recumbent bikes that we sometimes carry on a receiver rack. Besides the bouncing, the bikes can really get dirty unless covered.
I have one of the racks as per the above.... works well.

On my previous unit I had a 2" receiver welded to the pin box mounted on angle iron. This held my Swagman bike rack. I didn't want to do it on this 5er as I have an air bag pin box.

IMHO: for a pin box mount the TV should be a long box.

Eh!
__________________
geeksrus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2010, 10:22 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Tallyrver's Avatar


 
Heartland RV Club
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 695
I bought one of those $49.00 ladder racks from Camping world ,first stop and the rack was about to come off. I took the bikes off and put them inside the rv. I now have a Thule rack. Took the other one back
__________________
Tallyrver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2010, 11:10 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
wa8yxm's Avatar
 
Damon Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 22,799
I'd rather use a bolted on bike rack.. I have one of the ladder types but the ladder Damon Put on my motor home.. Not that good.. in fact I ended up removing it and replacing it with a hanger for a real ladder.

If you have a rear bumper on the trailer and if it's substantial, get a good bumper mount bike rack. (Sadly many either do not have a rear bumper or it's a "One bump bumper" (meaning if you bump into say a Popsicle stick.. It's gonna leave a big dent)
__________________
Home is where I park it!
wa8yxm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2010, 09:10 PM   #10
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 3
I had a well made bike rack that inserted into a 2" receiver. One day I arrived at the campsite but the bikes didn't. The 2" stub was still inserted into the receiver. It snapped at the weld.

When I bought my Montana I found that I had enough room in the basement compartment to remove the front wheel and stand the bikes straight up. I cut a board to fit the front fork and inserted a bolt through a drilled hole and through the fork then tighten a wing nut. Works great on basements that give more height.

Other than that I think I would have a receiver mounted on the front of the TV and carry the bikes in front. That would reduce the bounce.
__________________
Happy Trails,
Allan Baumbach
golfinal1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2010, 01:24 PM   #11
Junior Member
 
bigredone's Avatar
 
Forest River Owners Club
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 4
Thank you everybody. It seems these ladder bike racks are not a good idea. I will have to evaluate my options. I appreciate the quick replys.
__________________
Big Red One
31" Forest River Wildcat
2007 Silverado 2500 HD Crew Cab Longbed Diesel 4X4
bigredone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2010, 02:18 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
gresults's Avatar
 
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 254
Here was my solution, just putting bike under the bed or in storage compartment.

Dahon Folding Bike

I also felt the bike racks on the ladder seemed a bit questionable, sometimes wonder if the thing is going to stay on with me using it.
__________________
2009 Georgie Boy CruiseMaster UFO
Donald E. Ethredge
Houston, Texas
gresults is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2010, 08:42 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Blue74's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Goodyear, AZ
Posts: 363
I have one in my storage shed... It would start to come apart and with my ladder being to one side it left parts of the bike sticking out past the trailer. I used several extra straps and foam to keep them from bouncing a round a lot. The last time i used it was to carry an empty blue boy. I built one that now is mounted to the pin box.
__________________
USA Map of Travels Canada Map of Travels Picasa Photo Albums
Are we there yet? Truck 2013 F350 Black DRW CC 6.7 Diesel King Ranch
Blue74 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2010, 04:41 PM   #14
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 8
I would agree with all the comments on the problems with the ladder type bike carriers. I just recently had a 2" receiver hitch welded on the back of my 07 Bighorn and love it. It had to be fabricated as I found no ready to mount ones for my 5th wheel. Cost was $350. PS: I just happened to go on the roof and found my ladder had worked loose from the bikes bouncing around on the old ladder carrier. I was lucky.
__________________

__________________
jdfishing is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Blue Ox Bike Rack RickO Gear and Product Discussions 19 08-05-2010 07:45 AM
Bike Rack Broke..BIKES GONE Ronnie Bledsoe 2006 Dutchstar 43' iRV2.com General Discussion 7 01-14-2010 07:12 AM
Cooling Problem With Bike Rack? Bonanza Monaco Owner's Forum 4 12-17-2009 09:31 PM
Blue Ox Adds Extended Height on Bike Rack DriVer Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 1 10-24-2006 05:30 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:53 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.