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Old 08-04-2004, 05:17 PM   #1
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Motorhome bike rack

I need to purchase a bike rack. This will be for my 1990 345 Airstream Motorhome. I have looked at the Blue Ox line of bike racks. Does any one have suggestions?
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Old 08-05-2004, 09:25 AM   #2
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Are you asking about bicycles, scooters, or motorcycles ??

If you're asking about scooters or light weight motorbikes then the VersaHaul brand is great. It plugs into your reciever hitch hole and will carry close to 400lbs. I got one to haul a 150cc Honda scooter, easy one person load/unload. The scooter just stays on the MH, it's a blast to ride too
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PS: No It won't support a Harley Use a trailer for that.
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Old 08-05-2004, 11:02 AM   #3
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The scooter just stays on the MH, it's a blast to ride too
I'll bet its a blast to ride back there but does it have a seatbelt?
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I have used a four bike rack - hitch mounted, for a few years, it works well, but since the spare tire is in the way of the hitch mount, I had to use a hitch extender tube to get the rqack back about 10" more. This causes it to shake more than it might, so I have had to bungee the bikes down with extra cords, in addition to the hold downs on the rack. Other than that it works well.
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I'll bet its a blast to ride back there but does it have a seatbelt?

Oh Firefighter, you are so right, it's a blast
Gas milage is great and the bugs ain't either !

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Old 08-05-2004, 07:35 PM   #6
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Looking to place two bicycles on the rack.

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I need to purchase a bike rack. This will be for my 1990 345 Airstream Motorhome. I have looked at the Blue Ox line of bike racks. Does any one have suggestions?
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Old 08-06-2004, 07:35 AM   #7
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Educator:

The world of Trailer Hitch Accessories is pretty much like everything else --

You get what you pay for.

Like Alansd said, your rig (and mine) requires at least a 10" extension to get past the bumper and spare tire cover.

I bought a good one last year off of e-bay at about 50% of new. If you have time, look for a good one at a flea market or salvage yard, if not, get one from one of the sports or RV shops.

I would hesitate to buy a "cheap" one, as the better constructed ones are much more robust.

I would also get a weight on each axel -- you might have to minimize the amount of water you carry in the fresh water tank (under the bed) since you are adding weight so far behind the rear of the tires.
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also many bike stores carry racks, as does Wal mart and Target. Get something with good tie downs, sturdy bars to support the bikes, and a hitch mount. Two bikes should be easy.
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I bought an allen 550rr that holds 5 bikes

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I have used a four bike rack - hitch mounted, for a few years, it works well, but since the spare tire is in the way of the hitch mount, I had to use a hitch extender tube to get the rqack back about 10" more. This causes it to shake more than it might, so I have had to bungee the bikes down with extra cords, in addition to the hold downs on the rack. Other than that it works well.
Also got a hitch extender to clear the spare tire.

Bought the rack ion ebay cheap cheap cheap. But was so suprosed when it arrive. It's built to last! Very nice. I'm most pleased with the purchase. Here's the auction I bought it on.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...e=STRK:MEWN:IT
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nice looking rack...mine is a glide away by Hitchmate....holds four, but really does better with three. Another consideration is ground clearance. Even with airbags up, the bike tires can become a drag on driveway entrances if they are steep enough, and some hills.
I always try to keep the bikes up as high as i can, by adjusting the position of where they sit on the rack it changes the height.
Watch out for the cut frame bikes with the springs in the forks. They are tought to mount without a cross bar adaptor.
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removing bike seats is sometimes necessary to fit all bikes when carrying many bikes on one rack.............
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