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Old 02-19-2011, 06:59 PM   #15
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We do te same as Airstream25 and put the bikes up front of our pickup using a stock front 2" receiver and a bike rack. I did cut the bike rack down and reweld it though becouse on our GMC 2500HD, the bikes were sticking up too high in front/

Works great - we've been carrying bikes this way for the last 12 years or so.


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Old 02-19-2011, 10:07 PM   #16
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We had an Armada when we purchased our CCD. We immediately purchased a GMC 2500 and sold the Armada so that we would have somewhere to carry a generator and our bikes.
We installed four Yakima BedHeads. We love them.

Now we have a Westfalia and we are trying to figure out the best way to carry our bikes and have easy access to the back doors. We are sold on the Kuat NV rack but are still researching the swing out hitch mount options. Our camping is almost always tied to a biking event.
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Old 02-20-2011, 07:05 AM   #17
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Thanks again for all of the suggestions. I think I'll install the Curt front mount reciever and use my existing bike rack in the front-thanks for the lead on where to look for a bolt-on-really appreicate all the tips. Also makes a lot of sense to have the option to go noce in on a tight camping space-I woul dhave never thought about that. I especially like the vintage bikes-reminds me of a bike I had in 4th grade! (without the lime green sparkle banana seat!) I no...now I've kinda dated myself. Pay no attention to that last comment.
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Old 02-20-2011, 07:13 AM   #18
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I just posted this for a similar question. This solution works very well for us. Expensive!
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Old 02-21-2011, 04:48 AM   #19
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Arvika racks

Jack46-thanks for the link! Nice product line. Where did you buy yours from, which rack did you get and if you don't mind me askin-what's the price range of these? Looks like a great product. They should have a US dealer-I don't think I've seen anything like their trailer racks!
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Old 02-21-2011, 06:08 AM   #20
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Rayandre, At the time - 3 years ago - we bought it directly from the manufacturer. The name then was Top Rails. I remember that it cost about $450.00. WOrks well for us. Ours is mounted over the propane tanks. Two clamps on either side of the "A" frame. Rack itself is removable. I use a small step stool to lift our two bikes up onto the rack. They travel just fine. Jack
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Here is the way we carry our bicycles. .
The rack is a stock item from GMC.
Need to mount a receiver hitch on the front same as on the back.
I found this thread because La Gringa and I were talking about our AS plans for the summer, and I brought up the subject of how to take bikes along. I had already planned to put a front receiver on a TV when we get one of our own, but this year we will be leasing a truck.

Anyhow, when I showed her your photo and said 'this is how we'll be carrying them eventually. but it's in the back of the rental truck for now..."

her only answer was 'Ooohh....where was that photo taken?'
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Old 05-24-2011, 07:40 AM   #22
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My wifes PINK (from the 70's Schwinn rides upside down on the handle bars and rear luggage rack,inside the AS, against the front goucho with lots of blankets. We block it in with a cooler and tables. IT has never moved. NO WAY that puppy will be outside.
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Old 05-24-2011, 08:05 AM   #23
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There is a double receiver available for the TV. Something I will be looking into some day
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Old 05-24-2011, 09:29 PM   #24
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I carry 4 bikes on the bed of my 28ft International. I use a Saris Traps triple track fork mount carrier:

Traps Triple Tracks

I secure this to the mattress using Yakima heavy duty load straps, which I wrap thru each fork block and around and under the plywood base of the bed, the bikes are loaded on with the rear wheel towards the head of the bed, I then run another set of straps thru the rear wheels and again under the plywood base. Done properly this is very secure and has worked well for me. I then place the front wheels in wheel bags and place those on either side of the bed. A local bicycle shop could supply you with all of these items.
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front mount hitch

I like the idea of the front mount hitch. With kids and all we don't have room to put the bikes inside our vehicle so the front mount hitch seems the best for us. This season we'll simply load them inside the trailer since we've blown a lot of cash replacing axles, water heater and tires, Maybe next season! Thanks for all the great suggestions!
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Old 05-25-2011, 07:34 AM   #26
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I like the idea of the front mount hitch. With kids and all we don't have room to put the bikes inside our vehicle so the front mount hitch seems the best for us. This season we'll simply load them inside the trailer since we've blown a lot of cash replacing axles, water heater and tires, Maybe next season! Thanks for all the great suggestions!
I have been doing this for over 12 years with never a problem. The only thing I would caution is that "technically" I suppose it could break some aspects of the highway code and it some law enforcement officer was feeling especially miserable, they might give you a hard time.

The bikes do - very marginally - obstruct field of vision, not in my view to any extent that could cause a problem.

Also, the bikes do slightly reduce the effectiveness of your headlights - again, not very much, and in our case, we are seldom on the road with the trailer after dark anyway. I find as I grow older, I like drivng at night on unfamiliar roads less and less - especially with the trailer in tow!

As mentioned, we have never been stopped in over 12 years of carrying the bikes this way, but just something to be aware of!

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Old 05-30-2011, 03:35 PM   #27
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Yakima Bicycle Rack on top of Tonneau Cover

After looking at many options for packing our bikes while towing our Airstream, I decided on putting the bikes on top of our tonneau cover. The pluses and minuses of different systems have been already stated in this Forum. Every system has its tradeoffs.

Tonneau cover rack has the following pluses for us:
1. We like the visibility of tonneau cover over a shell, the bikes themselves do not significantly reduce visibility.
2. Loading and unloading of bike is easy because the lift is at shoulder height,
3. If rack is on the trailer, it would be difficult to bring bikes without trailer.
3. We expected that we would have to remove bikes before lifting cover or unloading but we serendipitously discovered, as you can see in photo, that the lid can be lifted and truck bed unloaded without removing the bikes. (due to added weight of bikes I use 2x4 to give additional support to shock absorbers on lid when lifting tonneau cover with bikes on)

I first saw this Yakima Bike Rack for Tonneau Cover applied at 2010 Ford F-150 Truckbed Tonneau Cover Bike Racks using Yakima Tracks, Control Towers & LP1 Landing Pads and Raptor

Components can be purshased for around $700 new. After a 2 week search on craigslist, we found our components for less than $300 used.

We also moved the bike racks a little to the center of the truck to provide for a more compacted appearance.
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Old 05-30-2011, 03:45 PM   #28
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