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Old 04-25-2018, 11:42 AM   #15
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I put a four bike rack in my truck. Works great.
Do you have Pixs of your inside rack?

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Old 04-25-2018, 12:17 PM   #16
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I have seen a post on here that says it is illegal in California. OP got stopped and ticketed, I believe. Other states, IDK. I mounted a receiver on the front of my Ram 2500 and use a Hollywood Rack. I guess I'm not taking my bikes to CA.

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Old 04-25-2018, 12:32 PM   #17
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We don’t have a truck/trailer set up, we have an Airstream 1988 Classic Moho. At first the bikes were in the front, but they always covered in road filth at the end of 1200 miles, and watching them bounce around was a distraction. Chris, (morelach here), moved the bike rack to the back of our toad, which is a Jeep. Less dirt, no distraction. I might convince him to put the bike cover on them this time. If I can ride at all. Broken back, Steroid Injection soon.
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Old 04-25-2018, 02:51 PM   #19
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Old 04-25-2018, 04:33 PM   #20
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I just received my order from etrailer for the following:

Curt Front-Mount hitch/receiver.

https://www.etrailer.com/Front-Hitch...leid=201564864

and a Swagman XTC-2 bike rack:

https://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Bike-...an/S64670.html

I went with the Curt frame-mount hitch rather than the Draw-Tite hitch that connected to my tow-hooks, as it lowered the bikes another foot or so out of my line of vision.

Anyone have experience with either of these? Thanks in advance for the feedback...!
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Old 04-25-2018, 05:02 PM   #21
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I have seen a post on here that says it is illegal in California. OP got stopped and ticketed, I believe. Other states, IDK. I mounted a receiver on the front of my Ram 2500 and use a Hollywood Rack. I guess I'm not taking my bikes to CA.

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California has front license plates, so perhaps that was the reason for the ticket.
I found this article which comments on the legality of rear bike racks in several states, and it appears that license plate visibility is the issue.
Can You Be Ticketed for a Hitch Mounted Bike Rack?
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Old 04-25-2018, 05:25 PM   #22
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I have seen a post on here that says it is illegal in California. OP got stopped and ticketed, I believe. Other states, IDK. I mounted a receiver on the front of my Ram 2500 and use a Hollywood Rack. I guess I'm not taking my bikes to CA.

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Iíve lived in CA since 1968 and never heard that, let me check with my sons, they Mountain Bike and also work in the bike industry, so they would know.
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The Arvika racks that go over the propane tanks are nice, but are not practical for FB AS models as the rack supports block access to the trunk. They also make propane tank refills a little more cumbersome.
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Old 04-25-2018, 09:53 PM   #24
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I have seen a post on here that says it is illegal in California. OP got stopped and ticketed, I believe. Other states, IDK. I mounted a receiver on the front of my Ram 2500 and use a Hollywood Rack. I guess I'm not taking my bikes to CA.

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Iíve lived in CA since 1968 and never heard that, let me check with my sons, they Mountain Bike and also work in the bike industry, so they would know.
I did some checking around on CA DMV while I waited for my sons to get back to me. There is no law against a bike rack on either the front or back of a vehicle. Only law that might affect is about keeping your license plate visable.

My daughter got back to me and she added that the bike rack and bikes must not block your lights or your vision.
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Old 04-26-2018, 10:52 AM   #26
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I did some checking around on CA DMV while I waited for my sons to get back to me. There is no law against a bike rack on either the front or back of a vehicle. Only law that might affect is about keeping your license plate visable.

My daughter got back to me and she added that the bike rack and bikes must not block your lights or your vision.
As I recall, the last sentence in your post was what the CHP officer quoted to the OP. It becomes a judgement call. If you can see the bike, it is blocking your vision, not necessarily of anything you need to see, but blocking just the same. And I can't imagine any arrangement that wouldn't block the headlights (or taillights, for that matter).

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As I recall, the last sentencen in your post was what the CHP officer quoted to the OP. It becomes a judgement call. If you can see the bike, it is blocking your vision, not necessarily of anything you need to see, but blocking just the same. And I can't imagine any arrangement that wouldn't block the headlights (or taillights, for that matter).

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Judgement calls are not useful, nor are they always right or fair. In the hands of a cranky cop, a moody cop, a bad cop, or one who is short on his/her quota, (we ALL know there IS a quota), it can be a mistake. Itís not fair to drivers. Explicit laws or none at all.
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Old 04-27-2018, 04:27 AM   #28
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Yeah itís a light and plate obstruction issue. Front or rear could be an issue. I work at a Ski and Bike resort in Ontario with weekly races. Every once in a while the cops will blitz the racers on the highway on race day. Especially vulnerable are the folks with four-up racks in back. The ticket is for plate obstruction.

The law here is explicit. Your plates must be unobstructed. The cops in Ontario regularly cite drivers even for those dealer plate outlines if they block the ďOntarioĒ on the plate.

Interestingly, the rack manufacturers, like Thule and Yakima, sell bike racks with lights and plate holders (lights plug into a trailer harness). And the punch line is that those models are only available to the European market.

When I lived in Australia, most people with a bike rack in back hung their plate from the outermost bike.
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