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Old 02-24-2013, 07:07 PM   #1
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How do you haul your bicycles ?

Looking at the 8280ws and was wondering if anyone takes bicycles with them and how . Didn,t know if the frame is heavy enough to put a reciever type hitch on or if the rear bumper is stought enough for that type of carrier . What do you do ?

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Old 02-24-2013, 07:12 PM   #2
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There are many threads here, but the lion share say not to use the bumper, the ladder, or the frame of Ultra-Lite campers. When I carried bikes it was on a nose hitch on the truck.
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Old 02-24-2013, 07:30 PM   #3
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I simply put mine inside the trailer.
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Old 02-24-2013, 07:33 PM   #4
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We always bring our bicycles and put them in the fifth wheel between the two lazy boys and the sofa. We carefully tie them together then attach them to the lazy boy tie down. We also tie rags on the pedals for them not to scratch the furniture.
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Old 02-24-2013, 07:36 PM   #5
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We purchased bike rack stands and use those to park our 2 bikes inside the TT next to the bed or by the sofa, anchored with the cooler. It's a little bit of a hassle to get the bikes in and out but the best and least expensive method we have found.
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Old 02-24-2013, 08:29 PM   #6
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We are a just stow them inside family...makes it easy and keeps them clean and dry
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Old 02-24-2013, 08:43 PM   #7
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We have a similar camper, and we just put them in the basement.
I take the front wheels off, and it surprising how little room they take up.
Of course, it doesn't hurt that these campers have such huge basement compartments. That was one of the reasons we bought it.
But I would definitely not put anything on the rear bumper. The frame is so light that you would have to do major modifications to make it safe.
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I got folders that go in the front compartment. You can see them on the pic. I have really nice Bike Friday's, but Dahon makes them as does others. They fold really easy and strap right in and stay there till the next trip.
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Old 02-26-2013, 12:38 PM   #9
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We have a bike and a tricycle. I am able to put both in the bed of the truck. The handle bars on the tricycle fold down and I turn them 90 degrees. The tricycle fits just behind the truck cab and wedges between the back of the cab and the 5th wheel hitch. There are no clearance issues with the 5th wheel trailer. The bike just lays in the back of the bed. I do strap both of them so they will not move around.

In the future I may get a front hitch and add a platfom for the tricycle, as it is a little heavy and I am getting older. We used the platfom on the rear hitch of our Class C and it worked good.
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Ours go inside with a neat sheet laid on the dinette and them on top. Right now I carry 2 bikes - mine and my daughter's. Next year I might also be taking along my wife's beach cruiser. In a couple of years, my now 9-month old will have his own bike. We'll see how long this basic plan works - just another sheet and slap 'em on top/together.

We won't do the front or rear hitch as we're already long enough (currently 58 1/2' bumper to bumper when hitched up).

I'd like the king pin hitch mount, but we have the pretty king pin cover and that would break the looks. AND, if I get rid of that, it'll be so that I can go to a Trail-Aire/Tri-Glide replacement pin (which I'm not sure if/how that king pin mount would work with that).

My only alternative is to put the kids bikes in the truck bed and the bikes on top of the truck. I don't mind this, but it means I'll be spending the money on a Thule rack (boy do I miss my discount!).

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