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Old 04-01-2004, 06:51 PM   #15
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I have a reciever hitch mounted to the back of my AS, attached to the spare tire rack. I bought a yakima rack for our two mountain bikes (only one now....continue reading), that fit into the reciever hitch, attached our mountain bikes, and off to Sequoia we went. Along comes a truck on the freeway, with his window rolled down yelling "your bike just flew off the back!"...

Drove back to find it on the freeway, and someone had been quicker that me, now I'm one bike short. Apparently what happens, when you roll over any bump, the motion is accentuated like a whip to the rear...and wham bye bye bikes. It was strapped on very well with bungees also.

We will eventually get another bike, and this time go with the roof mounted yakima system, on the top of our Expedition.
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Old 04-01-2004, 06:57 PM   #16
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We carry LOTS of bikes... sometimes as many as five. I have carried them in the X in the past, but my GT is just too big to carry comfortably inside. After my locked Diamondback was stolen off my locked Yakima roof rack several years ago in Reno, I carry them inside. I think that this year they'll get carried inside the trailer. I bought a Giant Halfway folder this winter and I'll see how I like it.

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Old 04-01-2004, 07:34 PM   #17
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We use some simple Yakima fork mounts behind the cab of my truck. If you look close enough at my icon picture you can see them. If the photos section was up and running i would link to it. Sure, we only have a couple bikes and lots of room to work with, but it sure looks good going down the road.

We all know thats what its about.
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Old 04-01-2004, 08:41 PM   #18
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"I had heard that you shouldn't hang any weight on the rear of an AS because of rear separation/sag. Then I stumbled upon the following pictures posted by an AS dealer."

I see nothing in those photos that would prevent the suspended weight from causing rear separation. I also see a tail much more likely to drag and fold a crease right across the back of the coach.

I could be wrong, of course. On the other hand, anyone who thinks "dealer installed" and "factory approved" means the same thing is living in a fool's paradise.

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Old 04-01-2004, 08:47 PM   #19
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We bought a ford E 350 chateau from an airstream enthusiast and a bike dealer. He has racks on top of the van and said never put them (the bikes) on the airstream trailer, especially the back. silver suz
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Old 04-03-2004, 11:04 AM   #20
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Steve:
We've used Yakima racks on our Tahoe for years and they work well. We use the type that secures the bike by clamping onto its downtube. This is easier to use than the front fork attachment which requires you to remove and separately store the front wheel. Either way, the clamps can be locked for at least some security.

Although bikes mounted this way are subject to getting hit by bugs, they actually remain cleaner than if they were hitch mounted and exposed to thrown up road grime. In addition, having bikes secured on the roof means that they are safe, not getting banged around, and out of the way.

We've also stored bikes in our trailer, but only in a pinch. Even when being very careful, it's almost impossible to avoid dinging cabinetry or getting chain lube on upholstery. It's not terribly healthy for the bike either.

The Tahoe is tall, so you'll need to carry a step-up or something similar to reach the bikes. Additionally, because you'll be holding bikes over your head when loading or unloading, you should have someone stand behind you for support should you begin to lose balance.
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Old 04-03-2004, 11:54 AM   #21
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Crew Cab Pickup is the way we are going

We are purchasing a crew cab pickup for the versatility. There are only two of us but it will haul 5 people comfortably. It has lots of space in the cab with the back seats folded up and bikes can be thrown in the box. We also plan to carry our two kayaks so will be getting overhead racks. Bike racks can be mounted to them as well.
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Old 04-03-2004, 12:42 PM   #22
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In the pickup bed (under shell)

I plan on keeping bikes in the pickup bed under the Snug Top. I'll take off the front wheel and attach the quick release lugs to a mounted skewer (forget the actual name) on a 2X4.
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Old 04-03-2004, 04:42 PM   #23
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First Choice when I win the lottery Bike Friday and if I don't Dahon's from Camping World. In the meantime, we either dump them in the back of the truck or if they are the good ones, inside the AS.

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Old 04-03-2004, 04:55 PM   #24
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First Choice when I win the lottery Bike Friday and if I don't Dahon's from Camping World. In the meantime, we either dump them in the back of the truck or if they are the good ones, inside the AS.

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Yeah, Aaron... Bike Friday or Brompton for me too... but I got the Halfway new for $300!!! I couldn't say no! Have you ridden one? They don't fold as small as some, but they're actually a very stable and pleasant ride! The Dahons get pricey really fast too. I think there are better choices than the CW Dahons tho...

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Old 04-03-2004, 04:56 PM   #25
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Steve,
I use a carpeted piece of 5/8 plywood and fork mounts from Performance Bicycle.
The plywood is just large anough to reach from the fork mounts to the rear tire.
Off set the forkmouns slightly so 2 haqndlebars do not interfere. Bungee a kids bike between the two mounted bikes.
The bikes mount on the plywood which sits inside the trailer. The front wheels neatly store in the back of the Suburban.
I used to tow with a full size extended van ( garage on wheels) and had to come up with solutions to carry our bikes after switching to the Suburban. This system is cheap, safe, and very easy.
The plywood just slips under the trailer, or inside the Burb while camping.
It's also a nice way to carry the bikes sans trailer, in the back of the Suburban with the seats folded down.
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Old 04-04-2004, 01:16 AM   #26
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Steve,

I have a fairly similar situation: Bikes (2 road, 2 mountain), Dog (and crate), and growing family for our Suburban. The bikes go on top with bike bras (to protect against road grime and bugs). The dog goes in his crate in the back. And everyone seems to be happy with the arrangement.

I would definitely go the way of a roof rack (Yakima or Thule). You can place a growing number of bikes on a roof rack. Plus, you can haul other gear in a roof box for more storage or other toys like kayaks, etc. I'll store my bikes in the A/S overnight in more suspicious areas though, but usually I just run a cable lock in addition to the rack key locks as an added measure of security on the roof rack.

I wouldn't recommend a hitch receiver-type rack as you will likely run into difficulty opening your tailgate. Our Suburban clears the propane tank cover by a couple of inches. These racks usually can't carry more than 4 bikes anyway and usually are somewhat limiting in terms of frame sizes and shapes.

I also wouldn't recommend travelling with bikes in the A/S. There may be ways to keep them propped up and somewhat clear, but they sure are a pain to get in/out and maneuver around when you want to take a quick roadside rest in the A/S.

P.S. If you elect for a roof rack and happen to buy the wheel fork mounts for the front wheels, make sure you use a bungee cord or something to further secure the wheels down. Wheels notoriously find a way to loosen and fly out of the fork mounts.

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Old 04-04-2004, 10:55 AM   #27
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Abe,

I own a lot of Yakima equipment, problem is my Tahoe is a Z71 and has a different rack than most Tahoes/Suburbans that 90% of Yakima equipment will not work with.

However, Yakima does offer permanent tracks that I may be able to bolt to the roof inside the Z71 rack. Since I don't need to haul more than 2 adult bikes at a time this should be enough room.
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Old 04-06-2004, 07:40 PM   #28
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Steve,

Ahh the Z71 rack. I always wondered about that rack and Yakima compatibility issues. Hmm...I suppose you're right about using the Yakima install tracks. Or I suppose you could trade the LS/LT rack for the Z71 rack. Do you ever use the roll bar thingy in the back?

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