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Old 03-11-2017, 02:20 PM   #15
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Yakima roof rack bars mounted over the truck bed would allow you to fit 6 bikes, tightly.
Mojo has a good solution, assuming you have a pickup TV with the bench seat up front, I can see how to accommodate 6. The Yakima or Thule racks can work well and are easy to set up over the bed, still leave room in the bed to carry other things including the scooter. Biggest question is how much payload your pickup is limited to when you add up the trailer hitch weight, family weight, bike weight, scooter weight, and any additional luggage/gear/generator, etc., in the bed? The other concern is how to keep your stuff safe and dry in the bed, assuming it is uncovered...a Lear type topper shell is a good solution and some of them have the Thule type racks optional. You can also get the Fema rack for 2 of the bikes on back of the AS.
We took 6 bikes on a Thule rack system several years ago for 5 weeks with the kids....(what a challenge back then)....anyway, good luck!
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Old 03-11-2017, 02:43 PM   #16
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I'd mount a 2" receiver on the front of the truck, then use a motorbike carrier for the scooter. (Less lifting)
Then I'd put a sturdy lid* on the bed, and mount four bikes there.
The two smallest I'd bundle and put inside the AS.
(*I saw a tonneau made of diamond plate and a ATV on top of it!.)
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Old 03-11-2017, 03:05 PM   #17
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maybe you take less/do less ... problem solved
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Old 03-11-2017, 03:58 PM   #18
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I would leave the bikes at home. The kids can hike anywhere they can ride. The folks in the areas you travel, will appreciate the lack of confusion and both you and the kids will come home in an improved physical state.

If that does not work for your travel lifestyle, the hard bed cover, with bike racks on top makes a likely solution. We saw a hoist inside the back of a small SUV that the folks were using to lift an electric scooter inside. Made for a nice functional arrangement.

Good luck with your trip. Pat
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Old 03-11-2017, 04:01 PM   #19
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I would leave the bikes at home. The kids can hike anywhere they can ride. The folks in the areas you travel, will appreciate the lack of confusion and both you and the kids will come home in an improved physical state.

If that does not work for your travel lifestyle, the hard bed cover, with bike racks on top makes a likely solution. We saw a hoist inside the back of a small SUV that the folks were using to lift an electric scooter inside. Made for a nice functional arrangement.

Good luck with your trip. Pat
I use an aluminum ramp and an atv winch in a stake pocket to load and unload the scooter.
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Old 03-11-2017, 07:47 PM   #20
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No problem. Four bikes, a canoe, a 650cc motorcycle, generator, bar-b-q pit and more.

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Old 03-12-2017, 05:56 AM   #21
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The motorcycle ramp is a three piece affair with the middle section riding in the truck and the two outer sections riding on the canoe rack providing bike mounts for up to 4 bikes. The two most used bikes ride clamped to the canoe rack with the rear tire riding on the bed rail. A twisty holds the back wheel on.

We have traveled like this for five years. The down side to having the bikes outside the bed is a little more exposure, but they clean up easily. The upside is huge and that is you can remove any one bike, one at a time without having to unload the whole package. For 2016, we dropped out the Motorcycle. The truck bed ended up almost empty with all the bikes up and out. I carry 4, but with no motorcycle, I could carry several more.

I have tried the front racks, but it is very tiring to drive looking through them. Its is especially bad at night with headlights reflecting off of stuff.

For my family (down from four to just two) having the toys along is what makes the trip fun. We can only sit in front of the camper admiring the next camper for so long.

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All the mentions of a front rack, how does it affect the head lights effectiveness?


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Old 03-14-2017, 10:29 AM   #23
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We are getting ready to hit the road and travel the US for a year with our 4 kids. Ideally we want to bring 6 bikes and a 240 lb Kymko scooter with our truck and airstream. We are trying to figure out the best configuration, bed topper, hitches etc to create the best situation. We'd also have other things to carry in the bed so we can't count on that space.
Any great ideas? Or things you've personally done or seen?
Any help is greatly appreciated!!
I've been reading everyone's advice and really hope that you will post pictures and a description. Of the solution YOU choose. Best wishes for an awesome year together with family!! Sounds like fun 👍🏻😃
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We have been travelers and campers for 50 years, from VW Camper Vans to Airstreams. Now doing 6-7 months a year in retirement. If one thing we have learned, it is the less gear to deal with the better.

I'd leave the bikes and scooter at home.
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place them in the trailer over the wheels so that you dont through off the balance. as a bonus, they all stay , clean dry and are not a visible prize for thives
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You need 2 trucks.

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...and one more airstream.
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For those who like to travel with lots of toys, the toy hauler rv's are popular.
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