Originally Posted by bjlakatos
I searched the forums but didn't find any discussions on roof racks.
Do any of you use roof racks on your pickups to carry bikes?
I have been to three hitch shops. They would gladly put a receiver on the back of my trailer but would only warrant it for towing the waverunner. They would not warrant it for a bike rack. I have seen enough discussions on this to be convinced that they should go somewhere else.
There are three forward choices that I can see (assuming I like to keep my bed covered for rain and security purposes)
1-Front Hitch: considering it
2-Roof Racks: considering it
3-Over the propane tanks (the Canadian rack was quite slick but I have 1130# tongue weight and would like not to add to it)
Both options are about the same cost so I wanted to get the forum's feedback if any of you are carrying bikes forward of the hitch.
Anyone have words of wisdom or experience with either of these options?
A local welding shop welded a 2" receiver to the rear of our trailer, it was welded to the frame as well as the bumper, it also had a set bolt to secure the rack in the receiver. I don't get why a welding shop that installs hitches would not install a receiver for a bike rack but would for towing a wave runner. I initially used a bike rack that held four bikes and the bikes rested on the top tube. I spent a lot of time bungie cording the bikes so they would not move, but they do move & one time a handle bar dented the trailer. I bought a Thule (for two bikes) rack that secures the bikes by the tires not the frame and they do not move. I would use this option if I could on our new trailer. Thule states the rack is not to be used on trailers. There are numerous racks like this to choose from. I have put them in the bed of the pick up, with a camper shell it is a pain to crawl in to release the forks & drag them out. If you can put on & take off the bikes using a roof rack I would pick that as blocking your head lights will reduce your night time visibility & probably illegal in most states.
I have looked at the racks above the propane tanks, but like you I do not want to add any more tongue weight. My stock F250 would require me to use a step ladder to put on & remove bikes from a roof rack, another thing to carry.