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Old 11-13-2017, 03:46 PM   #1
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Bike rack in cabin

Hello All,
We own a 1964 Overlander twin bed, rear bath which we tow with a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel. We often want to carry our 2 bikes, but are limited to placing the bikes in the AS for many reasons. On one occasion we placed the bikes down the center aisle between the beds and used wheel stabilizing racks. This was not ideal as the bikes would shift, but also because we could not move about in the trailer if needed. After searching the forums and finding some clever solutions we came up with this idea:

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Bikes are mounted to a front fork rack running lengthwise in the trailer with the bikes parallel to the gaucho. My husband made the front fork rack from a 2 x 4 mounted with (2) fork racks (Hollywood brand from Amazon). Racks are offset to allow the bikes to snug up to each other. The 2 x 4 is 4 feet long to provide a stable base. The 2 x 4 is backed with non skid shelf liner from Walmart. Shelf liner is also wrapped up the ends of the 2 x 4.

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For further stability we added a separate rear wheel rack called the bike hand from Amazon. We use this rack often when parking the bikes.

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When the bikes are in the trailer we can still move about the kitchen as well as access the bedroom and bath area. No need to take them out if we stop for only 1 night.

Though we have not yet road tested our set up we are pretty confident that it will work. The non-skid on the 2 x 4 seems to provide good grip on the floor.

Hope this is helpful to others!

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Old 11-13-2017, 04:52 PM   #2
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Very clever , I hope it works out for you. We tried carrying 2 bikes in our 23' last year. It didn't work out, just not enough room. At every overnight I had to take them out and chain them to the AS wheels. Last time out I just took mine, since she didn't ride hers very much.

I used bungee cord to suspend bikes between our pantry and the closet. The bike slid against the oven door and the bike pedal scratched up the door. I managed to get the scratches out.

I like the suspended forks on the 2X4. That should keep them from shifting at the wheels. Our bikes shifted at the top too, falling against one side or the other whenever we encountered washboard roads. Bungee cords took up some of the shock but sometimes they would slip off and they would fall.

Be sure to post after a few outings. I'd be interested to know if they stay in place.
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Old 11-13-2017, 05:12 PM   #3
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Here's what I did in our '07 20' Safari. The "jigsaw' pieces locked into the bases of the cabinets and was very stable.
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Old 11-13-2017, 07:25 PM   #5
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Lynn, Thanks for starting this topic. We've been toying around with similar ideas for our 25RB. It's scheduled to arrive in December so we still have a bit of time.

I'm wondering if anyone has tried to lodge one or two mountain bikes in the interior space next to the bed. This would be perpendicular to the hallway and perhaps with the handlebars extending into the hall. It seem you could use the stand (pictured and amazingly stable) that Lynn and I have ($30 at Amazon) and or a fork mount similar to the ones shown. The pedals could be covered (with BBQ mitts??) to protect the bed and walls.

I really want those bikes to travel indoors. They take up alot of the truck bed and mounting them to the tongue or bumper just doesn't seem safe for us. Once we arrive they can move back to the truck or live locked outdoors.

Appreciate everyone's solutions!
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Old 11-14-2017, 07:08 AM   #6
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Bike rack in cabin

Thanks all for the comments.

Rich we will not road test until February but will post when we have actual travel with the bikes.

Wayne I like your jigsaw solution. Very nice.

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There is also a bike rack that's made to fit over the propane tanks on the front. Check out this thread:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...ams-41078.html

I've seen one near our home, looks good but kind of expensive. However, it's on the outside and you don't have to worry about moving around inside the AS during overnight stops.
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Great idea and given your TV a good way to make it all work. I actually use the same fork racks for our two bikes but have the luxury of being able to put them in the back of our Ford F-250 TV. We have a cap on it so they are protected from the elements. I load around them so there is plenty of room. I toyed with a FIAMMA but ended up with this solution as the best alternative.
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On our twin bed model, I put a fork mount on the vertical surface of the nightstand between the two beds.
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On our twin bed model, I put a fork mount on the vertical surface of the nightstand between the two beds.
Interesting. We also have a rear twin configuration. I'm thinking about sewing a simple heavy nylon envelope to stuff the bike into and store it between the beds during travel.
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