I know there are a bunch of threads about bike racks & this may not be the right forum...but I'm looking for info on placement vs. specific bike racks.
We've got an extended van. Nice and long with a high roof. I'm 5'8".
We've also got a 1976 31' Sovereign
. I suppose their are four spots I could pave a bike rack. I'll have 2 adult bikes and one kids BMX, maybe another toddler bike here soon. So a 4 bike rack would be ideal, though we concave space inside the Airstream for the kids' bikes. That's where we currently store the BMX I mentioned.
Looking for experiences, perhaps unthought of issues I may not be thinking of.
1. Back of Airstream. This seems like the easiest setup, but on the downside, we wouldn't be able to transport the bikes via just our van. Sometimes that could be key, when a good bike route is far away from where we're camping.
2. Back of van. I'm thinking there might be a hitch extender setup we could get between where the weight distributing hitch meets the tow package on the van. Downside here would be monkeying with the hitch with bikes in the way / no access to the back of the van while traveling (not the worst but we've done bikes on the back door of the van before and that was rough. Also I guess we'd be extending the length of the hitch which might?? cause towing issues or at least lead to scraping on steep angles.
3. Roof rack. Probably an awesome solution but is it crazy hard to get bikes up there?
4. Front of the van. If this exists, it could be ideal too.