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Old 03-12-2017, 05:56 AM   #21
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The motorcycle ramp is a three piece affair with the middle section riding in the truck and the two outer sections riding on the canoe rack providing bike mounts for up to 4 bikes. The two most used bikes ride clamped to the canoe rack with the rear tire riding on the bed rail. A twisty holds the back wheel on.

We have traveled like this for five years. The down side to having the bikes outside the bed is a little more exposure, but they clean up easily. The upside is huge and that is you can remove any one bike, one at a time without having to unload the whole package. For 2016, we dropped out the Motorcycle. The truck bed ended up almost empty with all the bikes up and out. I carry 4, but with no motorcycle, I could carry several more.

I have tried the front racks, but it is very tiring to drive looking through them. Its is especially bad at night with headlights reflecting off of stuff.

For my family (down from four to just two) having the toys along is what makes the trip fun. We can only sit in front of the camper admiring the next camper for so long.

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Old 03-12-2017, 12:39 PM   #22
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All the mentions of a front rack, how does it affect the head lights effectiveness?


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Old 03-14-2017, 10:29 AM   #23
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We are getting ready to hit the road and travel the US for a year with our 4 kids. Ideally we want to bring 6 bikes and a 240 lb Kymko scooter with our truck and airstream. We are trying to figure out the best configuration, bed topper, hitches etc to create the best situation. We'd also have other things to carry in the bed so we can't count on that space.
Any great ideas? Or things you've personally done or seen?
Any help is greatly appreciated!!
I've been reading everyone's advice and really hope that you will post pictures and a description. Of the solution YOU choose. Best wishes for an awesome year together with family!! Sounds like fun 👍🏻😃
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Old 03-14-2017, 11:20 AM   #24
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We have been travelers and campers for 50 years, from VW Camper Vans to Airstreams. Now doing 6-7 months a year in retirement. If one thing we have learned, it is the less gear to deal with the better.

I'd leave the bikes and scooter at home.
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Old 03-14-2017, 10:24 PM   #25
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place them in the trailer over the wheels so that you dont through off the balance. as a bonus, they all stay , clean dry and are not a visible prize for thives
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You need 2 trucks.

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For those who like to travel with lots of toys, the toy hauler rv's are popular.
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