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Old 04-23-2013, 03:59 PM   #11
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Looking for recommendations on a good quality bike rack.
Has to hold at least two bikes.
Also how easy is it to install & detatch.
Any downfalls.
Thanks for any input.
I take if from the discussion that you are looking for a hitch-type bike rack?

My recommendation is the Yakima Holdup 2". They also make it with a 1 1/4" if that is the size of your hitch.

We (my wife, friends and I) have traveled many miles with our bikes on the holdup. Its by far the sturdiest hitch-type bike rack I have ever had. We have had people driving behind us comment that the bikes and rack had no bounce at all, which is the problem with hitch-type racks.

The downside is the cost (nothing worthwhile is cheap) and it is heavy, which also means its sturdy. You will probably want some help putting it on the RV the first time. The hitch can fold up flat to the back of the RV when not in use so you probably don't need to take it off once its on. Yakima sells a hitch lock that works very well for security.



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Old 04-23-2013, 04:19 PM   #12
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I have a Thule 2 bike platform model 917xtr2 that has done well for us. Both bikes have locks on bars that go over the tires and the hitch has a lock on it as well to lock it on the receiver. All keyed the same.
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:16 PM   #13
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Bike rack

Ditto on the Thule. It is hitch mounted and comes with a lock to lock it to the receiver. Bikes set in it, not hang from it. Straps go around both wheels. Locking bar comes down and locks with a key. Only trick is getting the bike up and around the locking bar. Very solid going down the road--I can see it with my rear view camera.
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:18 PM   #14
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Should have noted that my Thule is a different model. Locking bar comes down over the frame, not the wheels.
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:37 AM   #15
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Sorry in advance for the long post. I have a lot of info to share on this topic. I spent more time than I probably should have last fall researching bike racks!

I got a Swagman XP 4 Standard (model number 64940). It's not sexy but real sturdy.

Here are some of the things I learned:

- Yakima, Thule, or Saris were all ruled out based on the text below that I copied / pasted from their respective websites at the time:

Yakima: "hitch racks not for use on rvs, motor homes or trailers".

Thule: "Thule does not test the hitch carriers on motorhomes as the length of the vehicle puts extra stress on the drawbar which will cause the rack to fail. We suggest that you check with your local rv dealer for alternatives."

Saris: "we do not recommend the use of the Saris rack products on RVs, campers or trailers, and doing so will void the warranty

(I know folks use each of these brands on RV's without any problems. I simply copied / pasted what their websites said.)

- The only website that I found any supportive text toward using on RV's was on the Swagman website. They said the following at the time:
"Recommended for the back of RV's"
(note that it was just for certain products - see the next point)

- Furthermore, the ONLY Swagman products that were OK at the time for RV's are single arm hitch racks that are stationary (i.e., they do not tilt down to get into an SUV hatch, etc).

- Kind of made sense as I thought about it. The more pieces attached together the greater the chance for additional stress on the system. This system really only has two components. Kind of a less is more type of thing.

- So while I ideally wanted something with some more stuff (two arms to better support the bikes, tilt down feature, or a platform system, etc) this choice really looked to be the only one called out as acceptable for RV's.

Hopefully this is useful to others.
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:11 AM   #16
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Well, there goes my recommendation

This is very good information, Paul. Based on your heads-up, I also found this on the Yakima site, which supports the restriction.
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Sorry in advance for the long post. I have a lot of info to share on this topic. I spent more time than I probably should have last fall researching bike racks!

I got a Swagman XP 4 Standard (model number 64940). It's not sexy but real sturdy.

Here are some of the things I learned:

- Yakima, Thule, or Saris were all ruled out based on the text below that I copied / pasted from their respective websites at the time:

Yakima: "hitch racks not for use on rvs, motor homes or trailers".

Thule: "Thule does not test the hitch carriers on motorhomes as the length of the vehicle puts extra stress on the drawbar which will cause the rack to fail. We suggest that you check with your local rv dealer for alternatives."

Saris: "we do not recommend the use of the Saris rack products on RVs, campers or trailers, and doing so will void the warranty

(I know folks use each of these brands on RV's without any problems. I simply copied / pasted what their websites said.)

- The only website that I found any supportive text toward using on RV's was on the Swagman website. They said the following at the time:
"Recommended for the back of RV's"
(note that it was just for certain products - see the next point)

- Furthermore, the ONLY Swagman products that were OK at the time for RV's are single arm hitch racks that are stationary (i.e., they do not tilt down to get into an SUV hatch, etc).

- Kind of made sense as I thought about it. The more pieces attached together the greater the chance for additional stress on the system. This system really only has two components. Kind of a less is more type of thing.

- So while I ideally wanted something with some more stuff (two arms to better support the bikes, tilt down feature, or a platform system, etc) this choice really looked to be the only one called out as acceptable for RV's.

Hopefully this is useful to others.
thanks for the long read. we have started looking, so this is very useful info! thanks again.
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Just sent an email to Swagman to find out which of their bike racks were compatible with RV's but then found this info on their website.

RV Products « Swagman

Happy to see that the bike rack I purchased (the XC) was included in the list. I'll report back if they send me any additional info.
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Swagman reply...

You can use the XC 64650 on the back of a motorhome,
We suggest not using it on the back of a 5th wheel or travel trailer, there is too much sway and bounce on these two vehicles.

I then asked about the other 2 bike racks on their site and asked if there were the same restrictions. The reply....

XTC 64670 is the same as the XC 64650
Yes this can be used also

NO the trailhead 2, 3 and 4 bike carrier fold at the base of the rack
No folddown models should be used

Only the Trailhead 63381 nonfolding 2” receiver is RV approved
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I'm confused here. I have been using a Reese four bike hitch rack, the was previously used on our SUV. It lowers to allow a rear hatch to be opened. Also, is has a long draw bar with a ball at the end to tow up to 2500 lbs. How can all these mfgs. claim that the products can not be used on RV's? The class 3 hitch on the Sunseeker is 5k/ 500lb tongue weight rated. I have a hard time believing that the bike rack or the hitch could be damaged by a bike rack, when the hitch is rated to pull a toad. And to say the extra length of an RV has something to do with it? Makes no sense, but I'm not an engineer. Maybe they are referring to people who are trying to mount a rack to the rear bumper of a MH or TT. We all know most of those bumpers are to light to mount weight to.
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