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Old 01-08-2012, 08:33 PM   #1
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Cheap bike rack

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We're full timing but are touring artists so we don't stay in one location more than 1-3 days and almost never stay in campgrounds.

We just bought two regular bikes so we can explore whenever we get to bike friendly towns but haven't been able to find a good way to carry them. For now they're inside our MH taking up ALL the space we have. We tried the easy hang on ladder thingy from Camping World but it didn't really work smoothly for two bikes.

Ideally we'd like something that you mount on the tow bar in the back. But everything we've looked at is 100$ and up and it just seems stupid to buy a bike rack that's more expensive than the actual bikes.

We've already got the bikes so getting folding ones is out of the question.
Is there any easy cheap way to mount your bikes to the back of the RV?
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Check Craigslist and ebay. I have bought a few off craigslist over the years at a good price. The words new bike rack and cheap don't often bump up against each other in the same sentence.
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The problem is that we almost never stay in one town long enough to be able to get stuff from Craig's list or amazon. We usually stay one night as I'm a touring artist. I've looked at Craig's list where we've been since we bought the bikes but nothing's come up that works for an RV :(
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Try this

Two Bike Hitch Mount Bike Rack

Or this

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/c....aspx?a=215848

I am assuming you only have 2 bikes.

I have had great luck with both places. I got a 4 bike rack for around $100
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That's pretty much exactly what I'm looking for but is it available in stores? I have no 'home address' as I'm on the road full time so I can't order stuff from the Internet.
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That's pretty much exactly what I'm looking for but is it available in stores? I have no 'home address' as I'm on the road full time so I can't order stuff from the Internet.
i bought the harbor freight rack pictured. i used it once for a short distance. it was so flimsy i returned it to hf.

Two Bike Hitch Mount Bike Rack

i bought a swagman 2 bike rack with wheel hoops from camping world. it is very well built and it is working well for us. we completed a 3500 mile trip in oct 2011. the rack and bicycles are very stable while under way.
the swagman rack isn't cheap, but it is not going to break or fall off.
i can see the bikes in my back up monitor.

Swagmanbikeracks.com :: Hitch Mount :: 2 Bike Racks-Hitch Mounted :: Swagman XC 2 Bike Rack 64650 **157.50**
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That's pretty much exactly what I'm looking for but is it available in stores? I have no 'home address' as I'm on the road full time so I can't order stuff from the Internet.
If you know where you are going to be in say 3 or 4 days from a certian time you could get them shipped right to your location.
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With Craigs list you could search for one at the next town you are planning on going to. Then pick it up form the seller. CL is almost completely local buy so as long as you can set up a meet with the buyer it could work. Used will be the best price if you can find one you like. Happy hunting.
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I made my own with two lengths of half inch conduit bolted to my back bumper. Length allows tire to sit about one fourth to one third of the tire to sit down in it, then bike is cinched down with a strap. Cost $1.98 for the conduit. For the corners, just bend the conduit without bending it back which would separate the inner wall.

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The problem is that we almost never stay in one town long enough to be able to get stuff from Craig's list or amazon. We usually stay one night as I'm a touring artist. I've looked at Craig's list where we've been since we bought the bikes but nothing's come up that works for an RV :(
Solve your need for a quality bike rack and promote your next gig at the same time! Place an ad on Craigslist in the next town you will visit, have them bring the rack to you! Consider a barter or a trade for the rack, free admission and a signed CD or something..... Make it FUN!
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Haha! Great ideas! Thanks guys!
I actually found a bike rack at Walmart. It wasn't cheap but under 100$ at least. I just felt too crammed in my little class C with the bikes inside
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