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Old 07-09-2016, 06:35 PM   #11
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I too saw the Dinette Modification thread, so that's how we haul 4 of our bikes now. This frees the PU bed/fiberglass cap for generators, firewood, etc.
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Old 07-09-2016, 06:44 PM   #12
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A RV tech told me RV ladders are not designed to carry weight, even tho racks are sold every day for them
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Old 07-09-2016, 07:04 PM   #13
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For us it's, "Bikes/Up/Front"......front mounted hitch with rack......never a question about "Wonder how the bikes are doing??"......
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Old 07-09-2016, 07:07 PM   #14
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Just need to make sure it is legal. To have them up front in your state.. And, technically, the state you are visiting. Like the over the a frame if the bumper does not work.

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I have the stamina for about 30 minutes at a time no matter what the exercise option - riding, walking, hiking. So while I like a bike and own a nice hybrid, I hate bringing it and taking up the room in the travel trailer or truck bed and then needing to find a place to secure it when at the campground.

What works for me is bringing a folding Micro Pedalflow seatless bike and a folding Xootr adult kick scooter. Both ride on the floor next to the bunk beds when in transit. They go in the bunks each night since by then the chairs etc. are outside. The Pedalflow is 16 lbs and the Xootr is 13 lbs which is still less than the weight of my bike and a lot easier to stow. The Pedalflow is good on paved surfaces, gravel, wooden boardwalks, and bumpy roads as is has pneumatic tires. The Xootr needs paved surfaces for the polyurethane tires.

Occasionally I bring a Sbyke P20, which is a cross between a bike and a skateboard and needs paved surfaces for the rear skateboard wheels - it has a 20" bicycle tire in the front. I lash it to the table leg with a bungee cord when underway, and lock it in the truck cab or store it in the bath tub at night.

All are hugely fun to ride and I don't miss my bike a bit.
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Old 07-09-2016, 09:30 PM   #16
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What works for me is bringing a folding Micro Pedalflow seatless bike and a folding Xootr adult kick scooter.
OK, I just HAD to google this seatless bike, because, I have to tell you, my mind was going where it probably shouldn't have!
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Old 07-09-2016, 11:07 PM   #17
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Bike Rack

I've run the gamet of bike carrying techniques, inside the bedroom, trailer bumper hitch carrier, and trailer tongue. I would agree with the above post that the LADDER is not attached well enough to carry two bikes on most RV's. Bumpers are strong enough, but the key is how they are attached to the frame. If securely welded, as some are, there is no reason it would not be strong enough. I hauled two to Alaska this way.
I also have gone beyond all that and fabricated a receiver hitch welded to the frame rather than attached to the bumper that I use to carry a 400lb motorscooter on the rear. I found that it only reduced the tongue weight by about 100lbs, so it didn't cause me any concern. That carrier took my scooter to Florida and Utah from Ohio without a stutter. When my scooter took up the rear carrier, I was able to find a car bike carrier that attached securely to my up front propane tanks. The bikes also joined me on the Florida and Utah trips up there. Curt also markets an RV receiver hitch that bolts to the frame - plenty strong enough for bicycles (but probably not a motorcycle)
As I write, my Canadian neighbor in the campground (here in Pa) has an Arvika carrier on the front frame of his 16 ft camper. It looks really well designed and substantial, but I haven't seen what the price is.
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We already own a rooftop Yakima rack with Q Towers, round bars, and Raptor bike carriers that we have been mounting on our Ford Explorer and Dodge minivan. I just ordered the Q clips to put the rooftop rack on top of our F250. I may need a crane to hoist the bikes up there!
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As I write, my Canadian neighbor in the campground (here in Pa) has an Arvika carrier on the front frame of his 16 ft camper. It looks really well designed and substantial, but I haven't seen what the price is.
Per this website: Arvika RV Bike Carriers at Racks For Cars - www.racksforcars.com

They say current exchange rate is $75 USD per $100 CN.

The frame for the Arvika is $300 CN (~$225 USD). A 2 bike rack to put on it is $300 CN, 3 bike rack is $400 CN and 4 bike rack is $500 CN.

So a 2 bike setup would be $450 USD; 3 bikes would be $525 USD and 4 bikes would be $600 USD.
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bike rack on the back of my suv (3 bikes). High enough to back it in to any site. 4th bike in the trailer. Would like for FR to build a bumper that can handle a receiver for a bike rack. Good luck on your decision.
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