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Old 04-01-2015, 11:11 PM   #1
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Bike rack on rv roof ladder

Does the bike rack damage rv ladder. If it does what are my alternatives . I use a Kar Kaddy tow dolly.
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Old 04-01-2015, 11:38 PM   #2
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Not sure on your rv type/ladder, but our last two 5rs the ladders have been fairly flimsy and i would not trust hanging bikes on it. I use a bumper mount when we want to take the bikes.

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Old 04-02-2015, 03:38 AM   #3
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We have a ladder mount bike rack from Camping World and after carrying two bikes on it for a couple of years the has bent from the weight and bouncing on the road. I would not recommend this. Use a bumper mount instead. By the way does anyone know how to breace the ladder or straighten it? Our ladder is on a Forest River super lite and is bent just over a window, therefore no place to brace it.

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Old 04-02-2015, 08:46 PM   #4
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You can buy a double female receiver that you can hitch a receiver mounted bike rack AND use a receiver for the tow dolly. They have them at CW.
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Old 04-03-2015, 07:54 AM   #5
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The ladder mount I had on my old unit worked but it was flimsy and started to bend with weight
It also was damaging the back of the camper no matter how careful I was with mounting
I bought a receiver mounted rack and need the the double for pulling the MC trailer also
Camping World huh?
I know Curt hitch makes them
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I put a front mounted hitch of the truck and put the bikes there. Works well for us as I read to many horror stories about rear mounted bike carrier failures. Easy to load bikes and easy to keep an eye on them going down the road.
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Does the bike rack damage rv ladder. If it does what are my alternatives . I use a Kar Kaddy tow dolly.
Only if you don't value the bikes, ladder and camper.
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Old 04-03-2015, 03:44 PM   #8
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Bumper bike rack

Be careful about a bumper mounted bike rack also. We have a Rockwood Windjammer and it carries a warning that nothing should be attached to the bumper because it is really just the stinky slinky's home, not a real bumper. Check your documents that came with the RV before you attach anything to it. There are posts on this forum about stopping for fuel and finding your bikes and bumper dragging along behind you. I put a bike rack on my ladder but it has not been used enough to give feedback on bending the ladder; we have low-mileage bikes
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You can buy a double female receiver that you can hitch a receiver mounted bike rack AND use a receiver for the tow dolly. They have them at CW.
We use a double receiver with a ball and the female on top. However, with the bulk of the Kar Kaddy surge brakes, there is not enough clearance between the two levels on either the double female or the ball/female units on the market. I tried both.

I finally had a local welder cut off the top and put a longer riser on it to get the needed clearance. If I were to do it again, I would have had him fabricate the whole unit from scratch.
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I don't know. I figure the ladder is sturdy enough to take the weight of what? A 250 lb person climbing up it? I have a 25lb aluminum frame mountain bike with a bike rack (that holds 2) from etrailer.com. Secured properly I figure it'll be fine. What kind and how many bikes?


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