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Old 06-24-2015, 01:02 PM   #1
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Bike Rack when towing TT

I have been looking at different ways to be able to bring the bikes on vacation for a while now. I didn't want a hitch put on the back of my trailer so that was out. I liked the idea of the one over the propane tanks but i found this to be an already crowded area. didn't want to take up room in the truck bed and was against putting them inside the trailer. So I came up with this system;

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I can still get into my truck bed even when the trailer is attached (last panel still opens) so I can have access to my tools and levelling wood thats in there. when not in use a couple turns of an allan key and it all comes off in a couple minutes. When the rack is not in use its very clean an not noticable.

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This should make bringing the bikes easier now and as the kids grow i can fit four across no problem.

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Old 06-24-2015, 01:10 PM   #2
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I have been thinking of doing what you did. I like the look and room it frees up. If you dont mind sharing how much was it for the setup?
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Old 06-24-2015, 01:21 PM   #3
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I'll start by saying its not cheap, but i think its cheaper then the Aviva Rack that goes over the tongue of the trailer. and its safer then the bumper.

all together with all the parts and racks for the actual bikes it was about $700CDN.

I installed it myself took a couple hours only because i measured everything 15 times as i was a little afraid of drilling into my truck. I also like that when I am not using the rack theres nothing bulky attached just the rails and they are flush with my tonneau cover
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Old 06-24-2015, 01:29 PM   #4
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Ok, thanks. That is about what I expected (550ish USD). I like the look and I have a 2012 dodge. I am still trying to figure out what to do because I want a kayak mount too, I would like to take 2 kayaks and 2 bikes. Thanks for the post!
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Old 06-24-2015, 01:40 PM   #5
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Thanks for the post, burch42. I like it! Like you, I'm not keen on putting the bikes in the trailer and I want to keep my truck bed available for "stuff" although with our new TT we don't have to put anywhere near as much stuff in the truck bed as we did with our Roo.

Looks like you used Thule's TB(42" or 60"?) Tracks and Rapid Podium Feet?

It looks like Yakima has a similar rail system. I have 3 Yakima Raptor Areo bike racks left over from our old Coleman popup setup that I could use with some Yakima towers and round crossbars.

I'll have to see if I can get something like that to work on my F-150. I've got a roll up tonneau with the frame resting on the bed rails so I'm not sure if I have enough width on the bed rails to accommodate the tracks and crossbar mounts.
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Old 06-24-2015, 02:08 PM   #7
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itat,
I did in fact use a Thule only because i already had the square cross bars from before. I used 42" rails as I didn't need the 60" but if someone was wanting to have a kayak on there I would recommend the 60" rails. I also did not use the flare nuts that they provided. I drilled right through and used bolts. felt a little more secure and after having my tailgate assist fail with a flare-nut design i was a little hesitant.
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Very nice. Is there an option so you don't have to take the front wheel off? It's not as easy on the kid bikes.
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If you don't need the cover on your pickup bed and have $100...

check out my post #28 in this thread:

Bicycle Rack for a Windjammer?

I'm still happy after about 4 years with mine.
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check out my post #28 in this thread:

Bicycle Rack for a Windjammer?

I'm still happy after about 4 years with mine.
That isn't bad but I'd still like to be able to use my cover and with this I wouldn't.
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