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Old 08-26-2018, 01:51 PM   #1
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Bike rack question

So we have just gone from a 38ft crossroads Z-1 to a Crusader 29bh 5th wheel. Only self inflicted wound we ever had with the Z-1 was on 1 of about 12 trips with the bike rack, we went through some bad storms and the sway caused one of the bikes' handle bars to slam into the back of the camper multiple times and dent the rear aluminum panels. We had your standard $100 walmart 4 bike rack. My question is, can anybody recommend a better bike rack that is more stable and has more clearance from the camper? We are willing to pay more but wanted some opinions before we spend 3 or 400$ just to carry around $300 worth of bikes Click image for larger version

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Old 08-26-2018, 02:10 PM   #2
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Swagman makes RV-approved racks.
My bikes are worth much more than yours, so I don't carry them where I can't see them.
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Old 08-26-2018, 02:28 PM   #3
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Swagman makes RV-approved racks.
My bikes are worth much more than yours, so I don't carry them where I can't see them.
Thanks! Checking them out now
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Bike rack question

Thule makes very good racks as well. You can compare them on eTrailer
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Thule makes very good racks as well. You can compare them on eTrailer
I'm pretty sure that none of theirs are RV-approved.
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Nope, Swagman is the only one.

I have a $2500 mountain bike that rides safely behind my Bighorn on my Swagman.
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I've had my Thule 990XT for about 8 years now. I've been using it on my Roo 19 and Mini Lite (as well as just my truck) for about 6 years now. It's not "RV-approved," but it's doing the job just fine. It's a 2-bike platform rack and I added LED's so I can cover the bikes, which blocks the tail lights, and still have lights. They make 4-bike racks, but you're talking big $$$.

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Nope, Swagman is the only one.

I have a $2500 mountain bike that rides safely behind my Bighorn on my Swagman.
Not really accurate. I have a Let's Go Areo bike rack and it is RV approved according to several sources including the manufacturer.

What I like about it is it can be 1 four bike rack or 2 two bike racks.

I have a thread on this forum about my setup this season. Drove 6,000 miles this summer and all worked great.

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Bike rack question

I've got a cheapo rack that has been hauling our two bikes on the back of three different travel trailers, and alternately the tow vehicle since about 2002. Not RV approved, but doing just fine for well over 100,000 miles.

Honestly, I don't know what makes an "RV Approved" rack different, except what the manufactures says.
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Honestly, I don't know what makes an "RV Approved" rack different, except what the manufactures says.
If it's not RV-approved, it means that it voids the warranty if it fails, while on a RV.
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