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Old 02-28-2012, 01:22 AM   #1
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New Swing-away Bike Rack for behind the Camper

New Swing-away Bike Rack for behind the Camper

Well, for the last few trips where Iíve brought along bikes with me, Iíve used my trusty old el-cheapo Harbor Freight swing down bike rack.


Itís served well, held up decently through some abuse, but it was a pain in the butt to tip down and lift back up (trying to hold two heavy bikes up and push a pin thorough a hole at the same time is in no way what Iíd call ďFunĒ) and required running a long length of chain through the bikes and then through the hitch extension to lock them in place.


So, I finally decided to invest some money into a new swing-away style bike rack that also locks the bikes in place.


I started up a few threads on various RV forums to get a feel for what was commonly used and the price range for most of them.


I just about had a heart attack after looking up the Thule and Yakima racks at nearly $500 apiece, ouch!


Then, google came to my rescue, along with Amazon.com, and I located a Surco OSI DBR-300 three bike swing-away style bike rack on Amazon.com for $225 + free shipping!


The few complaints were minor, mostly dealing with bolt threads binding from the bike rack being left constantly out in the weather by the owner. A simple fix for a handy many such as me is to lather the threads with a little anti-seize and no rust up problems to be had .


Bike rack ordered, I waited patiently for it to ship in.


Finally, the happy day came and my box arrived, sadly mid-work week, so I had to wait till the weekend before I could get a day with daylight in it (itís dark by the time I get home from work).

Assembly was very easy, the only tool I needed was a crescent wrench to tighten down the big bolt that secures the swing arm to the section that slides into the receiver.






And then putting the carriage bolts in place on the top pivot arm along with their springs and handles.





Demonstrating the top Bike Pivot mechanism


Itís just simply that easy.



I gave everything that was going to be loosened and tightened frequently a coating of anti-seize to protect it from the Oregon weather and I was done.





The bikes secure in place via a beefy top metal plate that is tightened down via two screws. The one with the big handle on it has a key that can lock it so that the handle cannot be backed back off.






Something else I really liked




Bike Rack in action




Bike rack completely assembled and ready to go


Now, as you saw, on the truck, the swing away rack bumped the rear tire a little into the truckís bumper.



With the hitch extension in place, the bike rack will actually be roughly 12Ē behind the camper, giving the rack more than plenty of room to fully pivot the bike 90 degrees without getting caught up on the camper itself, giving me a straight path in and out of my door.
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Thanks for the post and pictures. This may be what I was looking for.

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Looks like you are ready to do some traveling on the bike with the panniers and racks.
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Looks like you are ready to do some traveling on the bike with the panniers and racks.
And there's a tow hitch on her as well for the cargo trailer I used to tow behind the bike. Many years ago I used to put a thousand plus miles a summer on that bike, now she's lucky to see a hundred.

Had her a long time, too, got it back in 1993 out of an insurance claim after getting run over by a lady on a very early generation cellphone driving a Cadillac.
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Nice set up. I'll have to put one those on my list. Looks like you do some heavy duty riding. Also looks like you soon going to need to replace or recover that bike seat.
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Nice set up. I'll have to put one those on my list. Looks like you do some heavy duty riding. Also looks like you soon going to need to replace or recover that bike seat.
Yeah the years haven't been too kind to it, just haven't gotten to searching for a new spring loaded unit yet.
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