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Old 08-04-2015, 12:35 PM   #15
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Personally I would rather not hang a couple of bikes on my ladder. I prefer the rack that goes into the receiver, much stronger and easier to use. If you tow you can adapt an insert to continue the use of the rack or put the rack on the back of the tow vehicle like I have done.
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Old 08-04-2015, 12:46 PM   #16
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I've seen ladders damaged from bike racks due to the bikes twisting. If you can, I'd opt for a receiver hitch rack.
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Old 08-04-2015, 10:38 PM   #17
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I use a hitch mounted rack, because it has the strength to support the bicycles, and in my opinion, the ladders do not have sufficient strength for that purpose. Those ladders are rather light pieces of aluminum and do you know what pieces of framing they are anchored into? I have seen a failure or two of items attached to a ladder, and I would not do it.
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Old 08-06-2015, 11:20 PM   #18
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I've got the surco one mentioned above. no complaints so far
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Going south through Portland OR on I-205 a few years ago I saw one of the carriers with two bikes attached stacked up against the guardrail. Guess they broke loose and the driver never noticed.
Bike rack on the hitch would be my preference. But now, we don't have a ladder so inside the Odyssey, on top or a hitch mounted rack either on the back of the MH or Ody will be the only way for us.
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I know people do it but I'd be concerned about hanging just about anything on one of those ladders. Sure seems flimsy when climbing on it and who knows how much affect the weight, wind resistance and highway vibration will have on the mounting screws.
Ditto. JMHO, but I wouldn't do it. I got a hitch/bike rack that attaches to the tow bar.
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