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Old 08-01-2015, 09:11 AM   #1
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Have you purchased and installed a ladder mounted bike rack in the last 12 months? If so, what did you purchase and how do you like its performance? We are looking for one that will carry two bikes. Thanks!
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If you use a ladder mounted bike rack, what do you use and how do you like it? We are looking for one that will carry two bikes. Thanks!
There is another thread taking about this, but some times searching can be frustrating. I went with a hitch mount since it is easier to handle the bikes and not trying to lift any higher than necessary. We also tow a car so I bought what was called a dual tow mount. It has another 2" receiver mounted above the regular hitch.
Amazon.com: CURT 45792 Dual 2" Receiver Extender: Automotive
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Here is one of the threads about it. Ladder Bike Rack
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There is another thread taking about this, but some times searching can be frustrating. [/url]
Hi... No, searching isn't frustrating to me; I was a mainframe computer programmer for 15 years. I posed the question to the group because I'd like to hear what everyone is using now, since mounting technology changes over time and some of these threads are quite old. I've read quite a few threads and would like to hear about your actual usage and travel experiences with the brand you've purchased.

I changed the wording to better reflect my question. Thank you for the previous links, and thanks in advance for your new replies.
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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.
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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.
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I bought a Swagman 2 Bike Rack Carrier Universal Ladder Mount RV 80630 on eBay and it works very well.
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I bought a Swagman 2 Bike Rack Carrier Universal Ladder Mount RV 80630 on eBay and it works very well.
What kind of challenge is it to get them that high to hang them?
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What kind of challenge is it to get them that high to hang them?
I have not found this to be a challenge but it would be for my DW. In that case, if she was going to do the loading, I could lower the rack a rung or two. I do use several bungee cords to keep the bikes stable. My ladder was factory installed and is not flimsy at all.
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I have not found this to be a challenge but it would be for my DW. In that case, if she was going to do the loading, I could lower the rack a rung or two. I do use several bungee cords to keep the bikes stable. My ladder was factory installed and is not flimsy at all.
I predict that it will be soon.
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I have not found this to be a challenge but it would be for my DW. In that case, if she was going to do the loading, I could lower the rack a rung or two. I do use several bungee cords to keep the bikes stable. My ladder was factory installed and is not flimsy at all.
I had considered this till I started loading my bike on the roof of my truck :-P that told me bumper rack was in my future! Lol
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I had need to pull a taillight housing on our now gone '06 Titanium 5er and saw how their ladder was attached ---- and I never climbed it again, preferring to use a 13' Werner collapsible instead. Yes, it was factory installed and was a better (heavier duty) ladder then what was supplied with the new 5er. It was installed only with self tapping screws through the fiberglass rear cap. No wood backer, no machine screws and fender washer, only the 1/8" cap material. I would never have considered hanging a pair of 25-35 pound bikes plus a rack from that ladder to possibly flap in the wind and bounce around causing a potential ladder failure, or worse, pulling a chunk of rear cap loose. You have no idea of what the wind pressure will end up being after wrapping around that coach, i.e. like an airplane wing. A sturdy hitch or bumper mount would be the best way.
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Have you purchased and installed a ladder mounted bike rack in the last 12 months? If so, what did you purchase and how do you like its performance? We are looking for one that will carry two bikes. Thanks!
I bought this one:
Surco 2 Bike Carrier for Vans and RVs - Ladder Mount Surco Products RV and Motorhome Bike Racks SP501BR

Works well, sturdy, easily holds the weight of our two mountain bikes. I will buy the optional bike cover in the future. The bikes were filthy after a ride in the rain.
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We've used this type for years,easy on and off, stores well. Sometimes I use it to carry a extra propane tank.
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