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Old 03-03-2012, 11:17 AM   #1
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Bike racks

What's a good STURDY bike rack for a Class A?
We don't have a toad(right now) but we do have bikes and would like to bring them on our outings.
I've been looking at them online but it's hard to tell what's good from what they post as advertisement.
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Old 03-03-2012, 11:50 AM   #2
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We purchased a Swagman bike rack for three from Camping World. Use it on both the coach and toad. Very satisfied with it. Cost about $150.
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You might consider getting a bumper mount rack so that you can still use your hitch for a toad or boat in the future.
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Old 03-03-2012, 12:06 PM   #4
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I got a 4 bike carrier from dicks sporting goods.
Allen Premium 4-Bike Hitch Mount Bike Carrier - Dick's Sporting Goods

Nice quality piece and comes with really nice hardware so it wont "wiggle" in the receiver. About 1/2 the cost of Thule or similar. Plus if you use it on an SUV or car it has the collapsible and tilt options

Also the rubber clamps make transporting nice bikes "damage free".
Bikes with odd frames (like folding or mountain tri angle) fit with ease.
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Old 03-03-2012, 12:18 PM   #5
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What about covers for the bikes to protect them from rain, road grime, etc.?
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We have a bike rack for two bikes. It's supposed to be a good one, but I don't like it. The bike frames are supported too closely to each other, so you have to maneuver the handle-bar of the second bike over the wheel of the first bike, align the pedals so they don't hit the frame of the second bike and lash it all down so it doesn't move. It's a real hassle. If I buy another rack, I'm going to look for one with the wheel tracks at the bottom so I can avoid all this. Also, I won't buy a rack without seeing how it works with our bikes.
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I have also been shopping for a good bike rake. I have a toad and I was gunna put the rake on my toad? i need for hubbys bike. I have a folding bike so it fits nicely in the basement.
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Old 03-03-2012, 01:49 PM   #8
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Swagman X-C. I bought two of them. Sold the first in a deal when I thought I wouldn't need a bike rack any longer as I bought a pick up. Then bought a fifth wheel. Bought the second one after about two years with the first with no issues. They are great and will adapt to a smaller receiver as well.
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Softride, Inc. || hitch mounted bike racks, hitch mounted ski & snowboard carrier for 1.25 and 2 receiver hitches

Makes a parallelogram style bike rack that is ultra light and easy to use....

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We have a two position bike carrier that fits on the ladder.
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Here is a bumper mount 2 bike rack for RVs so you don't have to use the hitch.
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We have a bike rack for two bikes. It's supposed to be a good one, but I don't like it. The bike frames are supported too closely to each other, so you have to maneuver the handle-bar of the second bike over the wheel of the first bike, align the pedals so they don't hit the frame of the second bike and lash it all down so it doesn't move. It's a real hassle. If I buy another rack, I'm going to look for one with the wheel tracks at the bottom so I can avoid all this. Also, I won't buy a rack without seeing how it works with our bikes.
That's exactly what I was worried about.
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Here is a bumper mount 2 bike rack for RVs so you don't have to use the hitch.
Great if you have a bumper....but
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I bought a Hollywood Rack two years ago, 4 position and was the best one I could find for the money. Very solid, easy adjustment to adjust to be tight in the hitch rec, Have brand new bikes and with thousands of miles on the road no bike movements or scratches. Most I have carried was three bikes, rack is adjustable to meet the size of each bike. Secures the wheels and the frame so both top and bottom of each bike.
If you would like a model number just let me know. Think price was little over $300
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