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Old 07-06-2014, 05:12 PM   #21
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Closing that gap sounds like a good way to correct the bouncing I was told about. Wish I could have mentioned that to the camper I was talking with, but I've left.
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Old 07-07-2014, 02:52 PM   #22
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Jammer3025,

Here's another front-end rack that requires no cutting or drilling, and supposedly attaches and comes off very easily.

Bodiak Hitches

I looked at this, and I'm also looking at folding bikes from Camping World, that I could carry inside our RV or in the pickup with our tonneau cover in place.

Bodiak Emailed me back today, and said they haven't got one to fit the 2014 Ram 2500 yet. They need to take some measurements first.
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Old 07-07-2014, 08:23 PM   #23
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It didn't look like they covered most 1/2 tons, either, just 2500 and 3500, except for the Ford F150. It did say the Dodge 1500 "is coming." Seems like there a lot more 1500's around, you'd think they would have started with them.
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Old 07-07-2014, 10:04 PM   #24
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It's all good. It gives me time to contemplate my decision. In the mean time were heading to 7 feathers RV park/casino in Canyonville,OR. just to get away for awhile, and I'm going to throw the bikes in the back of the truck.
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Old 07-08-2014, 08:16 AM   #25
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Don't hit the lab with the bikes when you "throw" them in the back!
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Old 07-08-2014, 10:47 AM   #26
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Naw the big boy will be riding inside the cab this trip. It's 100 degrees up there this week. Us fat boys need our A/C Ha Ha!
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Old 07-08-2014, 11:06 AM   #27
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If you have room in the truck bed, you might want to look at a Thule Bed Rider. It is simple to use, works well although front bike wheel needs to be removed.
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Old 07-08-2014, 11:24 AM   #28
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I will further complicate your decision, but with an offer to simplify your life. I use a Dakine pickup pad, which I found on Amazon:

Amazon.com : Dakine Pickup Pad - Large Camo L : Sports & Outdoors

Costs less, takes less time, and the bikes ride like a dream. If you have room at the tailgate of your truck, this is the ticket. (Thule also makes a similar product, which I have also seen on Amazon)

Here is a video, but it doesn't show much:



My pad is just black (not pretty like the one in the video, and I don't have the shirt, since horizontal stripes are bad for me, but I digress). My pad is 3 years old and does not have the tie down straps for each bike. I don't go off-road with the bikes, but they literally never shift or move in transit. I've had 6 bikes on my full-sized tailgate (by the way, there are large and small sizes of these tailgate pads). I recommend this without hesitation.
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Old 07-22-2014, 05:13 PM   #29
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Finally got the Curt hitch installed, and it was a bear to do for an old geezer and his Dw. Put the new bike rack on also. Here's some pictures.
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Old 07-22-2014, 05:44 PM   #30
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Jammer3025,

How does having the bikes up front work for you? I'm still contemplating the Bodiak hitch for my Silverado. Since we last "talked" I bought two folding bikes from Camping World so they could ride inside the trailer, then returned them. I'm too big for 20" wheels and the DW said with the smaller tires, it felt unstable to her...kind of like a car with a very short wheelbase handles differently.

So, we're back to thinking "front bike rack."

What's your experience been with your new rack?

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