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Old 05-09-2014, 10:31 AM   #11
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Good deal, Vern! Thank you much! That would work for my 2004 GMC Sierra 4x4 pickup. I still have to find another option for my wife's Toy Highlander. Great simple method for sure.
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Old 05-09-2014, 10:40 AM   #12
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For the wife's SUV, I was able to use my Durango and a bike rack that hung from the back of the vehicle (Thule Raceway 3) when I had my pop-up.

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Old 05-09-2014, 10:51 AM   #13
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Weird google wouldn't let you see pic and you're right, a few days ago seemed like I could find them everywhere, Amazon, Sears but not now. I think I actually bought mine from Discount Ramps but it was a couple years ago, I believe it was "Rage Powersports" If I happen to see something I'll post it.

Looks like Curt makes something similar:
CURT Clamp On Ball Mount Bike Rack - Free Shipping on CURT Tow Ball Mounted Clamping Bike Carriers
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Old 05-09-2014, 11:12 AM   #14
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Wow, Vern! After searching for the Dakine pad, I find that Thule, Softride, and Yakima make similar products. After looking at the pics and reading the reviews, the Thule and Dakine seem the best- the Thule is about 20$ more for the large (61-62" wide) model for my full size pickup. Any other reviews out there?
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Old 05-09-2014, 01:11 PM   #15
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I think Thule may have only started making them in the past couple of years, since I never saw any back when I was shopping them online. Just looked at the Thule and it appears almost identical to the Dakine. I'm sure either would do the job. One key in using these is to avoid the temptation to really reef on the three tie-down straps. I have a bad tendency to over-tighten everything and after 2 seasons of doing just that, I noticed this spring that I had created a slight tear where the straps are sewn onto the pad. When I saw that, I quit strapping it down so tight and just cinched it snug so it was not inclined to move. (I have been thinking about trying to sew it or even just fixing it with some sort of HD tape, just to keep the water out, but have not done so yet.) The "tear" has not affected function at all. To be honest, if I get 3 seasons out of the pad, and I will probably get 4, I can afford another $100 for the next 3-4 years.
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10-4, for the price and the durability you mentioned, they seem worth it and solve the problem of trailering the popup...too many extras with the other hitches. By using the tailgate and a bit of the back of the pickup bed, that leaves plenty of room for other items I must take with me. The Softride model does have four main straps, the other have only three.
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Old 05-09-2014, 05:57 PM   #17
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For those with truck toppers

I've got a truck topper and didn't really want to hang my bike over the tailgate in the rain. So, I spent $4 on a 2x6 and $25/bike on a Yakima mount attached to that 2x6. I then set my bike, fork mounted to the 2x6, inside my topper.
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I did that years ago, for our then two bikes, but this takes up too much space in the bed (mine is 6.5') so the pad would take up a little less, both lengthwise and side to side. For the topper you did good.
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