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Old 06-04-2011, 03:59 PM   #1
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Bike rack

What is the best bike rack to get for our pup??
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Old 06-05-2011, 08:27 AM   #2
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Depends on where you want to carry your bikes.

If you are using an SUV as a tow vehicle, a roof rack might fit the bill.

If you are not using a WDH, the Swagman may be a good choice. Swagmanbikeracks.com :: RV/Towing :: Swagman Original 3 Bike 64600 Towing **$126.00**

For me using a pickup, I carry my bike suspended over the bed....see my signature photo.
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Old 06-05-2011, 08:40 AM   #3
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I use a receiver hitch bike rack on the front of my TV. We have an Ultra-Lite and can't/ won't use a bumper rack. Bikes ride well in front. Can see them and they don't take up all that bed space in the Pick- Up.

I have seen bike racks made for the top of a closed PUP. I had been interested when we had a PUP but never looked further into it.
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Old 06-05-2011, 10:22 AM   #4
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I've seen the ones that attach to the hitch but I don't that would work for us. We gave a highwall, so it's heavier than most.

I did see a Sixnall buck rack that you do not have to drill any holes it attachable with straps. But not sure if that is good or even safe!? Any thoughts about that??
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Old 06-06-2011, 01:38 AM   #5
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If you want to haul them on the roof of the pup, then look at Rackwharehouse.com under the Thule products, they have roof rails you can mount directly to the roof. I have used them in the past when I owned a pup and never had any issues, I could haul 3 kayaks or 5 bikes. The rails are difficult to find anywhere else and you won't find them in the fit guide programs. Then if you use the TK2 tracker feet, the rack will lock into the rails well. Sorry I don't have a picture close up of the rails by them self, but you can see from this picture what I was able to carry.
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Old 06-23-2011, 02:19 PM   #6
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I just purchased a pro-rac system for my pop-up. ProRac Systems Inc. Manufacturer of Innovative Rack Systems for the Automotive, Truck and RV Markets | Tent Trailer Proformance

Works very well, easy to install and adjust. I used to carry bikes on the roof of my Pilot, but this is much easier.
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I passed someone recently with one of these. Let us know how it works out.
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I've taken two trips so far with the Pro-Rac set up. The front tires of your bikes need to be removed, but this provides a solid attachment to the fork of the bike to the rack. The rack comes with straps, but I think I'll switch to ratchet straps to tighten the back of the bike down to keep the bikes from shifting.

I'm happy with the purchase - easy to install, adjust the height, no holes drilled in the roof.

I looked into the pass through hitch with bike carrier set up, but that adds quite a bit of tongue weight once you add the bike weight of 4-5 bikes.
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I've taken two trips so far with the Pro-Rac set up. The front tires of your bikes need to be removed, but this provides a solid attachment to the fork of the bike to the rack. The rack comes with straps, but I think I'll switch to ratchet straps to tighten the back of the bike down to keep the bikes from shifting.

I'm happy with the purchase - easy to install, adjust the height, no holes drilled in the roof.

I looked into the pass through hitch with bike carrier set up, but that adds quite a bit of tongue weight once you add the bike weight of 4-5 bikes.
I've seen those and wish we would have known about it when we had a pup. Its the best design out there for pop-ups IMO.

Out of curiosity, how much does the Pro-Rac with bikes add to the TW on your set-up?
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I haven't formally calculated the TW yet, but I can't believe it is much. The carrier is an aluminum alloy vs. steel and it is mounted to the frame of the camper vs. handing on a hitch extension. The bikes are also resting on the roof, which helps with the weight distribution IMO.

I haven't seen a noticeable difference with two adult trek hybrid bikes and two kids bikes. I'll have to weigh the bikes and do some math.
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