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Old 11-07-2013, 10:01 PM   #11
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I am VERY concerned about bike paint. We own very expensive bikes. I will figure something out. Anyway didn't think it was worth very much as a cargo rack either since it had no railing and really no where I felt it safe to bungee or ratchet strap. Didn't feel really feel good about strapping down a $1,000.00 generator. At this very moment I have a welder putting a 5 inch rail around the rack so now I will have a poor bike rack but a great cargo rack. Can use for both. Will post pictures when I re-install rack next week.
Will it fold up with a 5" railing?
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Old 11-07-2013, 10:34 PM   #12
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I am VERY concerned about bike paint. We own very expensive bikes. I will figure something out. Anyway didn't think it was worth very much as a cargo rack either since it had no railing and really no where I felt it safe to bungee or ratchet strap. Didn't feel really feel good about strapping down a $1,000.00 generator. At this very moment I have a welder putting a 5 inch rail around the rack so now I will have a poor bike rack but a great cargo rack. Can use for both. Will post pictures when I re-install rack next week.
Use swim noodles to protect bike paint...there are plenty of notches and holes along the tire wells on the rack to safely secure tiedowns...that's what we're using for anchor points...it can be accomplished to your satisfaction.

If all else fails...get you a bike roof rack for the truck to mount the $1K bikes and call it a day.
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I don't remember being drunk when I measured and I had the DW with me. A 5" rail would not clear the bottom of the folded up ladder so for about 15 inches in from the right side end I had a 1.5 inch lip welded on so it would not contact the ladder when folded up. At the closet point on the bottom I had 6.5 inches clearance to the rig. Should all work. Guess the proof is in the pudding. I will be installing next week. Will take pictures and post. If it doesn't work you will never hear from me again :-)
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Old 11-08-2013, 07:29 AM   #14
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I don't remember being drunk when I measured and I had the DW with me. A 5" rail would not clear the bottom of the folded up ladder so for about 15 inches in from the right side end I had a 1.5 inch lip welded on so it would not contact the ladder when folded up. At the closet point on the bottom I had 6.5 inches clearance to the rig. Should all work. Guess the proof is in the pudding. I will be installing next week. Will take pictures and post. If it doesn't work you will never hear from me again :-)
Sounds good .
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Sounds good .
Hey,show some compassion! I want to hear from him agin! Youroo!!
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David, we can all learn by your success or if need be, failure. Show us the pics regardless and who knows, it might help another camper with their 'bike' rack mod.
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Old 11-08-2013, 08:47 AM   #17
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Hey,show some compassion! I want to hear from him agin! Youroo!!
Lol I "was" going to mumble "don't fit"
But I would have only been kidding!

I'd surely like to see the results.

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Use swim noodles to protect bike paint...there are plenty of notches and holes along the tire wells on the rack to safely secure tiedowns...that's what we're using for anchor points...it can be accomplished to your satisfaction.

If all else fails...get you a bike roof rack for the truck to mount the $1K bikes and call it a day.
I use water pipe insulation foam to protect my bikes. Works great but sometimes will blow off while traveling. I always keep a length to replace and it's cheap!
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Old 11-08-2013, 07:12 PM   #19
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I will post pics win or lose, I am just that kind of guy. I will be mounting it on the 15th. I will get pics out shortly after that. As far as the bike part goes. I think I will find a way to mount some of my Yakima auto roof top mounting system to the rack. I never lost a bike off my car so it should work. Will attack that in the spring.

Everybody have a great weekend and for all us vets. Happy Veterans Day.
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Old 11-15-2013, 06:48 PM   #20
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Bike/Cargo Rack

I am most pleased with my results. I really like the finished product, and feel much better about keeping my $1000.00 generator on board.

We are off Monday for five days in Las Vegas and than onto the Imperial Sand Dunes just outside of Yuma for some Sand Railing. Home for Thanksgiving and Chanukah

Here are the PICs. Constructive comments are always welcome

The picture showing the ladder is where I could have about 1.5 inches of height in order for the up swing to clear the ladder joint. I had some holes drilled for bungee's. On the picture of the underside of the rack you can see two 1/2 inch lengths of tubing running forward to rear. I had those put on as well for bungee's.

I am sure there could be some improvements but I have what I need.
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