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Old 05-03-2016, 09:50 PM   #15
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Someone on a Roadtrek forum had a front receiver built by a welder and had a tray bike rack on the front. They said visibility was not affected.
Plus the June bugs add a nice protective coating to the bikes.
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I just got the heavy duty 2 bike model from 1Up USA. I have never seen a rack this solid. It is a tray type with folding arms to grip the top of the tires. Takes about 10 seconds to load or unload the bikes. Very expensive rack. Rear doors will not clear, even in the fold-away (with bikes attached). Lots of video reviews on the web.
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Old 05-22-2016, 06:19 AM   #17
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We had a bike rack on ours for a number of years, but hated the extra length it created, the inability to access the rear doors, and the assault our bikes took from weather and road grime.

We went to fairly inexpensive Citizen folding bikes in 2013....easy in, easy out, kept us compact and our bikes clean.

I now leave mine open and ready to use all the time, carry it in the rear, and it is lightweight enough that I can manage it easily by myself.

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Old 05-26-2016, 12:50 PM   #18
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Very interesting suggestion by weirdstuff. I'm now looking at sketches and one photo of the Thule swing-away, and wondering if it clears both rear doors on the AI, allowing them to open how far? Thanks for the suggestion!
It allows you to open the left hand door all the way, like normal. Allows the right hand door to open to just over 90 degrees, if I remember correctly. So, yes, full access.

You do have to be careful when you swing the rack, because the handlebars of the first bike on the rack, will hit the side of the van and cause a scuff mark.

The rack was perfect for us, except that it does add on another couple feet of length to the rig.
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I just got the heavy duty 2 bike model from 1Up USA. I have never seen a rack this solid. It is a tray type with folding arms to grip the top of the tires. Takes about 10 seconds to load or unload the bikes. Very expensive rack. Rear doors will not clear, even in the fold-away (with bikes attached). Lots of video reviews on the web.
@jdthor, I was thinking about getting a 1Up. Does the doors still clear without the bikes? I saw the specs on IUp being 4.5 inches from the hitch. TIA
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Anyone try those hatchback carriers on front? I get in/out of back doors waaaay more than open the hood.


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