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Old 04-19-2013, 12:31 PM   #11
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What model of bike rack to you use? I was leaning towards the Yakima Doubledown 5 but it rises 44" above the hitch which would put it significantly above the hood line.

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Old 04-19-2013, 12:58 PM   #12
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Weird the Denali roof rack cannot work with an aftermarket system. Does it have a rack with cross rails? I have seen several generic bike racks that just use the cross rails. A buddy who worked at a bike shop in our misspent youth used to make racks for people that bolted to their existing roof rack. Maybe local bike shop could fab one up.
Most crossrails are quite flexible, compared to the Thule/Yakima crossbars. Therefore, any kits that utilize the factory crossbars have warnings not to carry more than 2 bikes. The roof and rack itself can handle more, but the factory crossbars can't.
Then again, that would be 2 less bikes that need to go in the trailer. Might be the cheapest solution.
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Old 04-19-2013, 01:33 PM   #13
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Most crossrails are quite flexible, compared to the Thule/Yakima crossbars. Therefore, any kits that utilize the factory crossbars have warnings not to carry more than 2 bikes. The roof and rack itself can handle more, but the factory crossbars can't.
Then again, that would be 2 less bikes that need to go in the trailer. Might be the cheapest solution.
In theory, the closer to where the cross bar mounts to the rail, the stronger it is. If the attachment from the bat to the rail is week then I am out of good suggestions. Well except zip ties..;-)
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Old 04-19-2013, 07:59 PM   #14
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Will this work? Yakima Racks & Carriers
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:05 AM   #15
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I dont understand WHY its taboo to put bikes on stern of vehicle?If the hitch is sound and the bumper is solid whats the big deal? I am looking at getting a 300lb capacity cargo carrier with a inch and a1/2 reciever for the 4 bike carrier factory welded to it.My brother has the cargo carrier and it can definately hold the weight, my problem is what can my bumper handle. But assuming its all sound whats the problem?
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:16 AM   #16
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I dont understand WHY its taboo to put bikes on stern of vehicle?If the hitch is sound and the bumper is solid whats the big deal? I am looking at getting a 300lb capacity cargo carrier with a inch and a1/2 reciever for the 4 bike carrier factory welded to it.My brother has the cargo carrier and it can definately hold the weight, my problem is what can my bumper handle. But assuming its all sound whats the problem?
I installed a "secure" hitch to my bumper on my flagstaff to haul bikes.
The bumper almost all but came off and the bikes went through the back of my fiberglass cap ......
These bumpers and frames are not designed for this type of stress.
What's not to understand?
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:26 AM   #17
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You already have a thread for this... let's try to stick to that one:
Installing 2inch Bumper Hitch
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Old 05-29-2013, 02:48 PM   #18
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Ependy, Sorry I was looking for similar threads on the subject so I chimed in,wasnt aware there is a rule.I'm just using the site.turbo how was I to know it took your bumper off, had I known that I probably wouldnt have asked the question.I thought that's what this site was for.questions??? Just like everyone else here, I am trying to find the best way to do things threw the knowledge of others mistakes and experiences. This is my first TT and am learning just like many others.
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Old 05-29-2013, 03:09 PM   #19
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Ependy, Sorry I was looking for similar threads on the subject so I chimed in,wasnt aware there is a rule.I'm just using the site.turbo how was I to know it took your bumper off, had I known that I probably wouldnt have asked the question.I thought that's what this site was for.questions??? Just like everyone else here, I am trying to find the best way to do things threw the knowledge of others mistakes and experiences. This is my first TT and am learning just like many others.
Lol you'll most certainly will get an education when you ask this particular question in this forum.
Sometimes we have to be stern to get the point across as some people don't believe its possible for something like this to happen or choose to ignore .
Either the case all we can do is inform you and let you make the decision.

I am proof positive that this is a bad idea but yet other members say oh I've been doing it for years with no issues.

Its ultimately up to you.


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Old 05-29-2013, 04:46 PM   #20
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When I was driving transit, all our buses had front racks for up to 4 bikes. The cutaways (buses that look like a Class C) did have minor problems with hotter than normal coolant temps when the racks were full, but that was probably due to the low average speed more than anything else. When you're stopping every mile or less, there's limited airflow through the radiator.

BTW, the cutaways in the fleet were originally Ford E450-based and diesel powered. Currently they're Chevy diesels, based on the current "Savanna" van, I think, but I don't drive for them any more so I can't be sure.
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