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Old 08-30-2015, 08:48 PM   #1
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We're putting together a build sheet for a 2016 Ventana 4037. Originally, we where considering a 4316 (bunk model) with the bunks removed in order to store our carbon road bikes. We decided it was more important to have a slightly shorter coach than to have a dedicated bike closet. Due to the shape of our driveway leading to the RV pad...I think 40ft will be challenging enough.

So, question for you guys with 400hp Cummins propulsion units. How hot is it at the back of the coach? If we used a stacked receiver (ball for car dolly plus raised bike rack),,, would the bikes get really hot? Would having two bikes with a cover interrupt cooling airflow to the radiator? I ask because I've never been close to the back of a running Newmar. I have no clue how the cooling air is routed.

Thanks so much in advance. We're trying to envision how best to transport our fun toys on the road... Folding bikes, folding kayaks will be easily stored in the cargo compartment... The carbon road bikes are our concern. I think they'd clash against something if we tried one of the ladder mounted racks.
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"C.Martin".......A rear radiator picks up the air from under the coach, like a large vacuum and then pushes it out the back. That means the air will be dirty and hot. We carried bikes for years at the rear of our previous rear radiator DP and never had any issues, but they weren't covered. Since the air is pushing out, a cover shouldn't be an issue, unless it's right up against the doors.

Have you thought about putting the rack on the tow car? Another option is to put a rack on the front. My neighbor has one on the front of his Class A gas and my BIL has one on the front of his DP.
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Old 08-30-2015, 09:03 PM   #3
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Roof rack on your toad?
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Old 08-30-2015, 09:40 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies...

I thought about our Thule rack on the back of the towed...but preparing in case the angle of the car, on the dolly, would cause the bike rack to have ground clearance issues (Toyota RAV4 or Prius). The roof rack is an option on the Rav. When we use roof mounts...we usually mount the bikes too far apart to be covered...(rack instructions have you keep the mount closer to the crossbar ends, probably to lessens bending loads on the crossbars. We use the roof rack on good weather days for the road bikes...and in any weather for mountain bikes...


Sounds like it might work though...

I had no idea there were so many different options available in a Motorhome.
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When we use roof mounts...we usually mount the bikes too far apart to be covered...(rack instructions have you keep the mount closer to the crossbar ends, probably to lessens bending loads on the crossbars.
Use more titanium parts on your bikes to reduce the bending loads.

Just kidding!

The primary reason for mounting closer to the crossbar ends is to ease loading/unloading on the rack. You SHOULD be able to mount the racks anywhere on the crossbars and not exceed any structural limits.

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Nice Avatar!... I'll get some more titanium parts when I upgrade to 777

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Best solution for bikes is to carry them in the pass through storage. We have a much shorter coach, and generally just carry a tandem bike, but we have loaded two singles.
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