This year was our second trip to Florida and back from PA with two bikes on board. The first year I had a bike rack that went around our spare tire (see photo) and almost lost the rear bumper.
The second year we got a nose hitch for the truck and a 2 inch receiver bike hitch and moved them to the front (see picture).
Bikes on front we lost an average 1 MPG between the 2 trips. Since with the diesel we were getting 13 MPG average the first year, and 11.8 MPG the second, we had a long talk about bike usage vs cost.
We decided renting in the local area was more cost effective and, after spending a small fortune in bikes, hitches and carriers, they will stay home next year.
Lou and Laura with Bella - German Short Hair Pointer
2008 GMC Sierra 2500HD Crewcab SB Allison Duramax
2010 Flagstaff 8526RLWS - Superglide 3300
HAM CALLSIGN - KC3FFW