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Old 09-03-2015, 07:48 PM   #31
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We have been using a 4 bike Arvika rack for a year now. It works quite well. The only drawback is backing into sites or very sharp turns. The rail holding the first bike can get close/or hit the tailgate in these situations.
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Old 09-04-2015, 11:51 AM   #32
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Just a word of caution. Here in CA if you get stopped for having bikes mounted to the front of you vehicle, you will probably be told that you cannot continue down the highway till you remove them. What hasn't been mentioned is that nothing is allowed to block your headlights.
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Old 09-04-2015, 12:34 PM   #33
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What hasn't been mentioned is that nothing is allowed to block your headlights.
Most folks who have them say their headlights are clear and unobstructed.
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Old 09-04-2015, 10:51 PM   #34
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I cover my bikes if the weather is bad, which hides the TT's tail lights, so I added LED lights to my bike rack and wired them up to the trailer lights.
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Old 09-04-2015, 10:55 PM   #35
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We have been using a 4 bike Arvika rack for a year now. It works quite well. The only drawback is backing into sites or very sharp turns. The rail holding the first bike can get close/or hit the tailgate in these situations.
I had the exact same problem. I jacked it as high as I could on the front, un level but eliminated the clearance issue/
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Old 09-04-2015, 11:17 PM   #36
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Not to take this thread sideways, but we are planning to buy folding bikes before our next trip. We will be able to store them in the TT or the TV. Never liked the idea of subjecting our bikes (even cheap ones) to the elements and pretty much negates the theft problem.

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Old 09-05-2015, 11:12 PM   #37
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Maybe it was mentioned, maybe not. Don't know what tow vehicle the OP has. I'm working on a home built version to clamp on top of the bed rails of the truck. Holds 5 bikes (Little one will need one down the road), removable, and still can put everything in the bed of the truck. Took a ideas from all kinds of different racks and putting it into one that works for us. Nobody makes a 5 bike rack for a bedrail mount, and if they did, I wouldn't want to pay for it. It's the only thing that'll work for us. Have a small generator mounted on the rear of camper, kind of permanent (don't worry, receiver hitch, serious welding), and could only fit a few bikes above the propane tanks if we went that route. Guess I'll post the results if I ever finish it among all the other projects.
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Old 09-07-2015, 10:18 PM   #38
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I'm not advocating this bumper mount, but I saw one on an "ultralite" bumper this weekend and shot a pic. Here's the skinny at etrailer:

Curt RV Bumper Hitch - 2" Curt Specialty Trailer Hitches C19101

The bike rack held 3 bikes, but was empty, so I don't know if he was really hauling 3 bikes or not.
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This is the amount I trust the Sewer Bumper!NP Sticker! Youroo!!
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Old 09-08-2015, 12:02 AM   #40
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Not on my front bumper

Tried that trick years ago and overheated the 400 c.i. Ford.

It gets hot down south. Thought about this 'til I the Chevy manual said no due to same thing as happened to my old Fix Or Repair Dailey. Duramax wants lots of air to cool A/C, entercooler and radiator plus xmsn. cooler.

I like version #2.

See attached from before the hail storm that took the old Holiday Rambler.

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