Originally Posted by bullet661
This rack is lower, solid and easier to use. It's called a "Kuat". They are really expensive but I'd rather spend the money than drill holes in my Airstream.
I carry bikes the same way and have for the last 18 years or so - likely close to 100,000 miles without problems.
I already had a standard hitch mount carrier, but when used on the front of our 2500HD, truck it put the bikes way too high.
I just cut the vertical tube of the carrier down and re-welded it to suit.
As it is now, I don't have a whole lot of clearance between the road and the bottom of the bike wheels - but enough, never any contact!
The seats /handlebars are barely visible above the line of the hood. Just enough for me to see them so I can be constantly sure that our bikes remain properly secure, which I like.
In that regard, on our last trip south we saw a fifth wheel pulling onto the interstate with bikes on the back of the RV. One bike had come loose at one end, and was dragging along the road! Lots of folks flashing lights & blowing horns, but the driver seemed oblivious and carried on!
No perfect solution I guess, each method has pros and cons - pay your money and take your choice!
I will admit that on some trips our bikes up front get rather dirty, but they are just old beaters anyway so not a real big deal for us.
I would imagine that with turbulence at the back of the trailer, bikes carried back there would get pretty dirty also in inclement weather.
Many years ago I used to carry a 90cc Honda Passport scooter in the aisle of a
20 ft SOB.
It worked ok, but required a lot of securing and foam rubber to avoid damage to the interior! Never did cause any damage - but was a pain if we wanted to use the trailer en route.