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Old 03-16-2010, 02:00 PM   #15
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Why not a Ridgeline? Bike racks are available for the bed but we just secure ours with cable locks or you can put the back seat up and store them inside.
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Old 03-17-2010, 09:59 AM   #16
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Hey everyone,
Thanks for all your ideas. A quick update: We went to our local Ford dealer last night, with the bike, and the kind salesman let us try every which way of storing the bike in an Explorer. (We protected the upholstery with a towel!) Turns out it fits best stored sideways, right behind the front seats, with one back seat flipped up (so the back wheel rests on the floor), and the front fork of the bike resting on the other back seat. The doors *just* close, and the bike is really quite secure.
So, now we just have to buy the Airstream!
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Old 03-17-2010, 10:14 AM   #17
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When I first saw the title of this thread I had the image of a bike pulling an Airstream and I could only think "Gonna' be tough on the hills ...!"
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Old 03-17-2010, 11:42 AM   #18
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Jen, sounds good.

When we towed with the Mini Van we permanently removed one row of seats. When traveling our two bikes fit right in the back.

To me this is the best solution. The van had factory dark tinted windows so the bikes were out of site and protected from the elements.
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Old 03-17-2010, 12:05 PM   #19
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Jen, sounds good.

When we towed with the Mini Van we permanently removed one row of seats. When traveling our two bikes fit right in the back.

To me this is the best solution. The van had factory dark tinted windows so the bikes were out of site and protected from the elements.
Hey Road Ruler, it doesn't look like your bikes need protection from the elements! What did you guys look like after that off-roading trip?

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What did you guys look like after that off-roading trip?

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We looked like we needed a long, hot bath Lisa...
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Old 03-17-2010, 02:40 PM   #21
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Be sure to buy the Airstream before the pickup. We went looking for a Sport and brought home a Safari SE.

Bought a pickup to match, and put our bikes conveniently on little bike-store stands,
strapped, locked, and covered in the bed.

Still have room for camping stuff, and passengers.
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Good point, dkottum! Looks like we are about to do the same thing: Yesterday we put a deposit down on a Flying Cloud 19', as our dealer has some 2009s that are not much more than the 16'. I still think an Explorer would work, if we get the V8 and the Class III/IV hitch. But it made me realize we need to finalize that purchase before getting the TV....
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Old 03-25-2010, 07:02 AM   #23
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We drive a pickup with a camper cover, and solved the bike storage/transportation problem by buying a couple of Dahon folding bikes. Not a solution for everyone, because they aren't the best bikes in the world, but they serve our purposes. They are 21 speed, 26" wheels, and aluminum framed. Actually, the best bikes we've had, but then again, we aren't bike purists.
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Good point, dkottum! Looks like we are about to do the same thing: Yesterday we put a deposit down on a Flying Cloud 19', as our dealer has some 2009s that are not much more than the 16'. I still think an Explorer would work, if we get the V8 and the Class III/IV hitch. But it made me realize we need to finalize that purchase before getting the TV....

Explorer with Flying Cloud 19" is fine - see lots of them out here in the East.....

In the West everyone is "Big Rigs" and we don't even see Airstreams under 19" (but LOTS of 20"s there are....)
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