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Old 04-14-2007, 09:42 AM   #1
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We need to purchase a bike rack for our Gulfstream BT cruiser and also tow our car behind. What kind should I buy?

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Old 04-14-2007, 09:42 AM   #2
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We need to purchase a bike rack for our Gulfstream BT cruiser and also tow our car behind. What kind should I buy?

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Old 04-14-2007, 10:00 AM   #3
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You may find that you will need to get a bike rack for the car and the tow bar for the BT.

I have a Hitch Haul (painted bright red) that I normally keep on the Jeep (2" receiver) but currently it is on the Class C's 2" receiver (all our receivers are 2" so we can swap out the balls & hitch accessories). When I have to tow the Jeep, I will simply stick the Hitch Haul on the Jeep and hook the Jeep to the RV. I also plan to buy a set of trailer lights to attach to the Hitch Haul. It will connect to the RV's tow light system and we will string an extension under the Jeep to allow it to plug into the extension & RV. Planning on selling the Jeep (getting lots of miles on it but I want to hit 300K first! ) but will hang on to it a little longer. I also plan on running the lights on the Hitch Haul when ever I have it connected to either the RV or the Jeep. I've had my Hitch Haul "bumped" 3 times (one by an iffy looking bunch in a pickup... I think it was one to the "hit-&-rob" that was happening in Chattanooga at the time and the other 2 times were by cops... I didn't stop for any of them... I don't trust cops entirely either).
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Old 04-14-2007, 11:10 AM   #4
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I don't remember the brand, but there is a company making them to haul a motorcycle plus tow a car. Hauling bicycles should be a breeze.
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Old 04-14-2007, 01:16 PM   #5
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Paul and Helen, any bike rack that is designed to go into a 2" receiver will work if you have an over-under hitch extender. The male end fits into your coach reciver and it has 2 female 2" receivers and as the name implies one is over the other. Your tow bar for the car goes in the lower one and the bike rack, i.e. Swagman goes into the top one. When we towed 4 down I used one all the time. Still have it ; but, don't use it now that we tow a 20' enclosed trailer with the car and bikes all inside.... Ken.
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Old 04-14-2007, 02:23 PM   #6
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Go with the tow bar to the jeep and then the bike rack from the receiver that you have to get installed for a high rating and a 2 inch receiver.
that is what we do on our 2006 Motorcoach Class A and 2006 Jeep Wrangler with two road bikes on the bike rack off the receiver behind the Jeep.
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Old 04-14-2007, 02:32 PM   #7
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Paul and Helen, I use a two bike rack that mounts on my hitch. the 2" receiver shaft goes thru it into the receiver. The rack is tightened onto the shaft. It is available thru Camping World. The brand name on mine is Turbo Bikerack by SusieQue Products. 30K+ miles, no priblems.

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Old 04-15-2007, 11:17 PM   #8
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Here is the one we use. I bought it at Canping World, but is is available all over the net.
etrailer.com has it for $120

Want to tow your boat or trailer and carry your bikes on your trip? This bike carrier allows you to do just that. Strong and durable, this bike rack fits securely over the ballmount for your 2" receiver.
Draw-Tite Towing Bike Rack from Swagman
3 bike carrier that mounts to the shank of a Class III, 2" square ballmount (not included).
Includes 3 Bolts to ensure a snug fit
A minimum 10" clearance is required between the hitch pin hole and the ball hole for mounting.
Use Ballmounts 2736, 80233 or D-28
Extra-Long Ballmounts with a Rise/Drop usually do not work because of the angled metal supporting the ballmount face.
Base of rack measures 3-1/8" long
NOTE: The trailer hitch's tongue weight capacity is reduced by the weight of the bike rack and the bikes when towing

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Old 04-16-2007, 08:50 AM   #9
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I vote for putting the bike rack on the receiver hitch of the dinghy, that is how we do it. If you don't have a receiver hitch they are not that difficult to install (or have installed).
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Old 04-21-2007, 05:06 PM   #10
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My husband and I both have matching Vespa Scooters- we were contemplating ideas on how to bring them along with us too. First choice would be the Newmar Allstar with 'Garage' but if that doesnt happen then what next?

I have heard of but haven't found- an 'inbetween' piece that has both male and female ends- I am guessing- one for the hook to the class A and then the other to hook to it (toad or TT). Anyone knows where to find such a thing?

Or we buy a toad that has the tongue weight capacity to hold the carrier for two 'bike's' on the back and we ditch the extra TT idea---which we don't want.
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My tow bar is B.Ox and the bike rack also $99.00 and stays on the M.Home when We use the car..Bushman

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