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Old 04-01-2018, 10:50 AM   #1
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Long haul bike rack

Has anyone put a long haul hitch bike rack behind their interstate? If so, what brand, likes, dislikes, etc. Looking at the yakima long haul hitch specifically for RV. Thanks
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Old 04-01-2018, 01:13 PM   #2
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Does the Interstate already have a 2" hitch receiver? At 32 pounds this rack seems pretty good IMO:

https://www.yakima.com/longhaul

BTW there is a sub-forum dedicated to the Sprinter and B-vans FYI:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f240/

. . . where the audience might be more focused. For instance this thread might be of interest:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f240...er-179539.html

Does your Interstate owner's manual give any weight limits for the rear hitch? I guess some folks tow a toad from there?

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Old 04-01-2018, 02:29 PM   #3
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Thanks. Yes it can tow 5000 pounds I think they said, but I dont want to tow as Ill be a solo traveller. It is a 2 inch hitch. Ive just heard of bikes falling off racks on the road and this one is designed for RV motorhomes, so was curious about experience. I only have 1 bike.
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Old 04-01-2018, 03:28 PM   #4
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We used a soft ride hitch mounted bike rack (pre-Airstream) on both a GMC Suburban and Honda Pilot. It pivots down lower to the ground https://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Bike-...SABEgIUQvD_BwE mount then raises up for travel. This pivoting allowed for both easier mounting, and let you "move" the bikes out of the way to open the tailgate doors.

We had the one for 4 bikes.
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Personally I prefer the tray-style racks, rather than the bike 'dangling' from it's top-tube. In the past I have used the Rola ProSeries Q-Slot and have been very happy but they are pretty hard to find now. Instead I now use a Curt 18084

https://youtu.be/9jja6qcK9QM?t=50

Very sturdy, and can even be setup to carry a tandem.

There is also a very similar model from Hollywood, that I have very tried, but consistently gets top ratings.
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Old 04-02-2018, 09:09 PM   #6
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I bought the Kuat NV 2.0. It is AWESOME!!!

http://www.kuatracks.com/products/hitch/nv-2-0/

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Hands down the best bike rack you can buy when using a receiver hitch is made by 1up USA.

You can get in any configuration you need--1, 2, 3, or 4 bike.

They don't affect your departure angle

They fold up for storage

They hold the bike by the tires so you don't have awkward straps on the frame

https://www.1up-usa.com
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One additional tip for a bike rack on the 2” hitch receiver of the Interstate: we found that it was awkward opening the rear doors with the bikes on, but for about $15 I was able to find a “hitch receiver doubler” which basically extends the hitch about 12 inches. It’s actually designed for turning one hitch into two, but it was much cheaper the hardware sold as hitch extenders, and those would give you 18-24 inches of extension, which was way more than we needed. HTH.
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Tugboatannie has a great suggestion. If this doesn't give you enough access to the rear doors, the Kuat Pivot allows any 2" bike rack up to 4 bikes to pivot away and have full access to the rear doors. I've seen this used by others with Sprinter conversions. Works with any 2" receiver vehicle and rack.

http://www.kuatracks.com/products/hitch/pivot/
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Tugboatannie has a great suggestion. If this doesn't give you enough access to the rear doors, the Kuat Pivot allows any 2" bike rack up to 4 bikes to pivot away and have full access to the rear doors. I've seen this used by others with Sprinter conversions. Works with any 2" receiver vehicle and rack.

http://www.kuatracks.com/products/hitch/pivot/
With the Curt and the Rola ProSeries they don't need the extension as they are already away from the hitch (have a long mounting tube), and tip backwards to allow access.....this just comes down to how much you want to spend.
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