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Old 12-20-2012, 05:07 AM   #1
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I'm looking for everyone's thoughts on a good quality bike rack to mount in a 2" receiver on a Class C motorhome. I will be carrying 3 bikes. Has anyone had good/bad experiences with any of the models available and where would be the best place to purchase one?

Thanks in advance for your input.
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Make sure what ever rack you get is tall enough so your bike tires aren't lower than the receiver. Bottoming out would ruin your biking plans.
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:48 AM   #3
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Good point, Bob. I would hope the mfg's would make sure of that, but I'll watch out for it.

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Old 12-20-2012, 07:21 AM   #4
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I have the two bike version (nv) of the Kuat. http://kuatracks.com/en/products/bike/
Very very happy with the ease of loading and unloading and the quality of the rack. Looks like the have 3 and 4 bike models as well.

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I'm looking for everyone's thoughts on a good quality bike rack to mount in a 2" receiver on a Class C motorhome. I will be carrying 3 bikes. Has anyone had good/bad experiences with any of the models available and where would be the best place to purchase one?

Thanks in advance for your input.
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:37 AM   #5
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We've had a few of the Thule bike racks over the years, two of the receiver hitch models, one roof rack and one that is mounted in the back bed of my husbands truck. We currently use the receiver hitch one in the Jeep that we tow. Works great, easy on, easy off and folds up for storage. We have bar adaptors for the girls bikes and we tie the the wheels together with a nylon strap when traveling.
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:50 AM   #6
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I do the same as Tamatha (zip ties) and same system. We ended up needing a hitch receiver extender though so that the bikes would clear the spare tire on the rear of our Class C.
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Old 12-20-2012, 01:04 PM   #7
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When I was shopping for a bike rack I noticed what the bike cops were using. Theni got the same. I got a Softride made by Alsop Corp.
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Old 12-20-2012, 01:19 PM   #8
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If your class c has rear storage like mine, you may want to consider a type that can fold down with the bikes attached.
Mine is an less expensive one made by Sport Rack.
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Old 12-20-2012, 06:11 PM   #9
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I love the Yakima racks, bikes are nice and secure and plenty high enough off the ground. The 4 bike racks easily hold 3 bikes with no rubbing or scratching, 4 bike takes a little more planning and positioning.
We also had to add and extender to get the rack/bikes out beyond a rear mounted spare.
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Old 12-20-2012, 06:19 PM   #10
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Thanks everyone for all the great ideas. I don't have a spare tire to contend with, it is mounted underneath, but I do have rear storage so I will be looking for one that does fold down.

Norm, on the Yakima rack, can the 4th bike yokes be taken off so there is only three on there?

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Old 12-20-2012, 06:44 PM   #11
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We purchased a bike rack for our class C this fall. We got the Swagman XP 4 Standard model # 64940. We are very happy with it.

We bought it from etrailer.com. Here again, we were very happy with them.

We did a lot of research about this purchase & here is what we learned:

- Yakima, Thule, & Saris were all ruled out based on the text below that I copied / pasted from their respective websites:

Yakima: "hitch racks not for use on rvs, motor homes or trailers".

Thule: "Thule does not test the hitch carriers on motorhomes as the length of the vehicle puts extra stress on the drawbar which will cause the rack to fail. We suggest that you check with your local rv dealer for alternatives."

Saris: "we do not recommend the use of the Saris rack products on RVs, campers or trailers, and doing so will void the warranty"

- The only website that I found any supportive text toward using on RV's was on the Swagman website. They say the following:
"Recommended for the back of RV's"
(note that it was just for certain products - see the next point)

- Furthermore, the ONLY Swagman products that are OK for RV's are single arm hitch racks that are stationary (i.e., they do not tilt down to get into an SUV hatch, etc).

- Kind of made sense as I thought about it. The more pieces attached together the greater the chance for additional stress on the system. This system really only has two components. Kind of a less is more type of thing.

- So while I ideally wanted something with some more stuff (two arms to better support the bikes, tilt down feature, or a platform system, etc) this choice really looked to be the only one called out as acceptable for RV's.
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:00 PM   #12
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Hollywood bike rack is the way to go. They make one out of aluminum. Take it from a cyclist, Hollywood Racks....Aluminum Road Runner...lifetime warranty. Shop bike nashbar for good prices or amazon.
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Interesting. Thule may say such, but I see no evidence of any risk of breaking. I've used it for 5,000 miles so far including bumpy roads. It also folds down if/as needed. Perhaps they can explain to me how an RV such as mine that is 1 foot longer than a 1 ton dually pickup would be of any greater risk of failure.
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we use a swagman 2 bike rack with hoops for the wheels. i can see it in my back up camera and it is very stable.
we got ours from camping world about 3 years ago.
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