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Old 12-30-2018, 04:48 PM   #1
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Basecamp Bike Rack

We recently took delivery of our 2019 Basecamp X; living in northern Utah winters can be a bit of a mess, so using our front receiver is not practical. Our goal in purchasing the Basecamp X was to provide us the opportunity to get off the beaten path so to speak, and southern Utah offers year round mountain biking opportunities.
The problem is in towing the Basecamp we lose our ability to use the hitch mounted rack, and since the Basecamp is advertised as just throwing your bike or kayak in the back and going, you should be good to go. Unless you want to chance destroying your interior, I do not think it is realistic, so I designed a bike rack for two bikes.
I wanted rack that would be easy to build using readily available materials. I choose plywood as the rack frame, I should note, I have also designed two other racks using aluminum extrusions, but these are harder to build and the materials are not readily available.
Materials List
1 48" X 96" X 3/4" finish plywood
8 D-Rings
Indoor/outdoor carpet (cut from roll, big box store) 48" X 96"
2 Rocky Mounts, Hot Rod model
Plywood Cut List
1 @ 30" X 70" (Base) Radius cut the corners of one 30" end to meet the Basecamp's back door.
4 @ 7 5/16" X 42" (Legs)
Assemble using various wood screws or deck screws.
Finish sand as needed and finish with any desired stain.
Screw 2 each legs together, 2 sets total (gives you two 1 1/2" think legs).
Screw legs to square end of base, on the long edges.
Install Rocky Mounts using 1/4" X 20 X 1 1/4" bolts, washers and nuts (Staggered).
Carpet radius front underside and back legs and top, back is one piece, rolled under legs to protect the flooring.
Install D-Rings to align with Basecamps Rings and bike rear tires.

We use two straps to hold the rack in place, and velcro on the rear tires of the bikes.
The rack accommodates our 29" mountain bikes or our fat bikes. The Hot Rod is a thru-axle mounting system.
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Old 01-04-2019, 04:56 PM   #2
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Wow that’s awesome. I currently have a ram 1500 as my tow vehicle, so I just put our mountain bikes over the tailgate with a pad. But if I ever switch tow vehicles I will probably do this.

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Old 01-07-2019, 01:05 PM   #3
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We too use a tailgate pad, but only for local riding. My MTB has a Knock-Block limiting rotation of the handlebars, so long distances are not optimal for transportation. I installed a front hitch on the truck and carry a Thule rack while towing; once we reach our destination I put it on the back and transport the bikes on it.
I originally looked at the racks that mount on hitch doublers, but they did not give enough distance and greatly reduced the turning radius while towing.
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