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Old 06-07-2012, 05:31 PM   #1
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My wife and I plan on making some trips where we will not bring RV trailer along but want to bring our bikes. I think best option is to put them on a hitch carrier rack but I don't know which is best as a brand/type... any experience? Hitch Bike Rack - Hitch Mounted Bike Racks
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Old 06-07-2012, 05:34 PM   #2
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or from the link displayed on the right here from etrailer... didn't see that
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Old 06-07-2012, 07:05 PM   #3
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Is there any reason you want to look at a hitch rack vs storing them in the box of your truck? You could look into a setup with a tailgate cover and strap the bikes in. Some other clever & handy members on here have built bike racks in the box of the truck, search the forums here & you can find all kinds of ideas.

I'd go to a hitch mounted bike rack as a last resort, seeing as you have a pickup truck.

Hope that helps, our family goes for bike rides everyday we're camping.
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a lot depends on what RV you're getting.
5th wheels have much more substantial frames and bumpers, so something like what you're looking at can work.
but on ultra-light trailers, the rear bumper is thin metal, with basic welds and will lose the bikes and rack after a few bumpy trips.
the only thing to do is weld and brace a receiver to the bumper and frame, but this will void the frame's warranty.

you need to tell us what type of RV you're thinking of buying.

and your etrailer link shows all kinds of bike racks with many ways of mounting it.
receiver types, ball mount types, towable types and so on.
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My wife and I plan on making some trips where we will not bring RV trailer along but want to bring our bikes. I think best option is to put them on a hitch carrier rack but I don't know which is best as a brand/type... any experience? Hitch Bike Rack - Hitch Mounted Bike Racks
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Andrew,
I have a 4-bike platform hitch rack called the Holdup from Yakima that I use when not towing the trailer. Rock solid over many thousands of miles carrying our race bikes. Highly recommended. You get what you pay for and less expensive racks are wobbly, unsecured, and can mar the finish on your bikes.

But if I still had my F-150 pickup, I would install fork mounts in the bed for the bikes. Cheaper and even more secure than the holdup and does not make your truck 5 ft longer.
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