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Old 10-05-2012, 04:29 PM   #15
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We've taken our mtn bikes for a quick weekend, but we're taken them out for a week. One usually goes in the back seat of tv and the other had been in the flatbed with the front tire "hooked" over the tailgate with a carpet remnant and bungeed. After hearing that some of you have put them in the AS, I'm wondering....how have you secured it in there? Once we get to our site, I'm not that worried - we lock them up or we can always put them in the vehicles. (after major cleaning!)

I'd love to see a picture of it inside the AS!
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:52 PM   #16
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One of my earlier posts got me thinking. We have a very nice quality canopy(cap,topper, etc). However I have accidentally proved that it is very easy to pull hard and open it when it is locked. I believe I will give that some serious thought. Has any one run across a system to keep the canopy door and/or the tailgate from being easily forced open?I am wondering if I need to start locking the valuable stuff in the bed with these of which I have several.

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Old 10-05-2012, 06:29 PM   #17
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Is bike theft really that big of a concern at campgrounds?..

There are plenty of semi-valuables that are ripe for the picking at campgrounds already and we have never had a problem so far. knock on wood!

Basically I see campgrounds as an "honor system" of be respectful of other peoples stuff.

... Plus only bike people know what high end bikes are worth.
Campgrounds aren't usually a problem in my mind, either. That said, I don't see any reason to take unnecessary chances, and like I and others said, having them out of the elements is nice.

But even if you completely trust the campground, you never stop anywhere on the way to the campground?
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:49 PM   #18
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We've taken our mtn bikes for a quick weekend, but we're taken them out for a week. One usually goes in the back seat of tv and the other had been in the flatbed with the front tire "hooked" over the tailgate with a carpet remnant and bungeed. After hearing that some of you have put them in the AS, I'm wondering....how have you secured it in there? Once we get to our site, I'm not that worried - we lock them up or we can always put them in the vehicles. (after major cleaning!)

I'd love to see a picture of it inside the AS!
I don't have a picture of the rack Uwe designed for us to carry the bike inside the AS but I can take one if anyone is interested. Basically it is a flat T shaped piece of wood with a quick connect fork bracket mounted on the wood. The top part of the T fits between the bench seats in our 68 Ambassador. He put some little rubber feet on the bottom but it really doesn't go anywhere. The table stops it from moving forward and it has never moved backwards.

Now we have a Denali tow vehicle and the rack fits in the back of that vehicle as well. You remove the front wheel to mount on the fork bracket.

On our 11,340 mile trip across the US, my carbon fiber bike rode in the open bed of our Tundra with a cable bike lock that locked the bike to the bed of the truck. No one stole it in 3 months. My husband's bike was carefully carried inside the trailer. I am not as particular about my bike and, in fact, only rode it once when we went to Machinaw Island.

That said, having the bike in the Airstream when we were parked at a campground was not so much fun.....It took up most of the open floor space. I found if the bike was in the way, I didn't cook. Paula
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:00 AM   #19
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Like others, I have a canopy on the truck and lock my two bikes (road & mtn) at the front of the bed, with cable locks. They are mounted to a fork mount plate at the front of the bed. Pain to get out but same for thieves.
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:30 PM   #20
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One of my earlier posts got me thinking. We have a very nice quality canopy(cap,topper, etc). However I have accidentally proved that it is very easy to pull hard and open it when it is locked. I believe I will give that some serious thought. Has any one run across a system to keep the canopy door and/or the tailgate from being easily forced open?I am wondering if I need to start locking the valuable stuff in the bed with these of which I have several.

Yakima 9ft SKS Cable security Rack System


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After some searching, I discovered tailgate locks. That will be a good start.

Vehicle Lock Tailgate Lock Locks | etrailer.com

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I put a tailgate lock on mine. A bit cheap. Had I the time (plus garage) I'd have put in an electric type that works with the door lock button, or remote for same.
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:11 AM   #22
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I put a tailgate lock on mine. A bit cheap. Had I the time (plus garage) I'd have put in an electric type that works with the door lock button, or remote for same.

I ordered the one that will work with the door locks. Amazon had the best price I could find by about $10. Pop and Lock PL8340 fits my Dodge. (and yours).

One of things mentioned was, it will keep your tailgate from being stolen. It never occurred to me that people will steal tailgates, but I guess it should have.


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For tailgate theft avoidance, run a stainless worm-drive clamp around the starboard "hinge". I also recommend a tailgate lift (torsion arm type) to make opening & closing a finger-light operation.
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