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Old 06-07-2017, 10:50 PM   #15
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We had a ladder rack on our class a. Then we got the truck toad so now they go in the bed.
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Old 06-07-2017, 10:53 PM   #16
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For what it's worth, We had a bicycle retail store a couple of years ago. Sold it to retire. So...... If you can help it, do not rack them on the RV ladder or use the hanger style bike rack. Try and incorporate a rail style that the wheels rest in and you can either clamp the down tube or tire (preferably the tire). It will be easier to get on and off with and there will less damage if something goes amiss. I have a new 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback. So I have to use a roof rack. Works perfect. Try to stay away from cheap Chinese made stuff if you can. This company has some of the best!

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Old 06-07-2017, 10:57 PM   #17
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Thor29.3inAZ, I looked at those racks but there was no way to confidently secure the bikes to the rack. A thief with a knife could steel your bike. What's your advice for security?
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Old 06-07-2017, 11:20 PM   #18
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I put a 2" hitch on my Subaru Forester and use the Northern Tool bike rack. Goes on sale periodically for $59, is strong and sturdy enough for 4 bikes, and can fold down to open the back hatch. $10 cable lock makes sure they stay there.
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Old 06-07-2017, 11:31 PM   #19
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Carrying bikes on the toad is a PITA ... we tried that on our trip to Florida in 2016. First, your bikes are 60+ feet behind you where they're exposed to damage if somebody just taps them. Then you get to your RV park and need someplace to secure them when they're not in use. If you leave them on the toad - you're schlepping them all over town as you sightsee, run errands, etc. If you want to leave them at the park - and don't have a place to secure them - you'll end up taking off your tow bar ... moving the bike rack from the toad to the coach ... and securing them to the back of the coach. Constantly switching tow bars and bike racks. It works - but it's an ugly solution.

Buy yourself an "over and under" stacker hitch for the coach. Attach your bike rack to the top receiver and your tow bar to the lower receiver. Bikes can stay on the rack .. secured with cable locks ... while the toad can come on and off as needed. You'll just need to be careful to insure you've got sufficient clearances between the bikes and the front of your toad when turning. If you really like bicycling - add a receiver hitch to the toad - so that if/when you want to drive to a bike path - you can move your bike rack to the toad. A stacker hitch on the coach - and a single receiver on the toad gives you the best of both worlds.
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Old 06-08-2017, 01:01 AM   #20
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We tow a Wrangler with a SportRak 3 bike rack that swings sideways to allow access to the back.
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My suggestion is to have a hitch put on your toad. That way you can take your bikes with you when you arrive at your destination. Now to the bike rack. We purchased a Swagman "XC 2-Bike Rack Platform Style for 1-1/4" and 2" Trailer Hitch" from etrailer. With this rack you can tighten the rack to the hitch to minimize the "bounce" as you are driving down the road. It also has the option to add a section so you can carry 4 bikes if needed. We also purchased Swagman's "Anti-Rattle Hitch Lock and Cable for Swagman Bike Racks w/ 1-1/4" & Combo Shanks - 7'" from etrailer to lock the rack and bikes.
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