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Old 11-01-2013, 05:37 PM   #1
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Factory Bike Rack

I have a 2013/2014 Palamino 32RCTS with the factory installed bike rack. Does anyone have pictures showing how to use this thing? What is the post on the outside edge center used for? Also the pin that is on the outside edge?

I removed the rack today and am having a 5 inch railing welded around the perimeter so I have more of a cargo/bike rack. The railing will allow me to bunge or ratchet strap things like my generator, gas can etc and keep things from sliding off. Hopefully I will still be able to use it as a bike rack. Hence I want to make sure I don't do any mods that will prohibit using it for bikes.

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The post is meant to be set vertical and held in place with the pin. Your bikes can then be strapped to the post. Dumb idea, right? But that's what they told me at the factory. What I did is buy bike tire brackets from Camping World and bolted them to the mesh floor. They include straps that cross over the center tube on the bike and are secured to the bike rack frame. I then wrap bungee cords around the bikes and secure those to the bike rack frame. I wish I had a picture to show you, but I don't. Traveled over 2000 miles this summer with no problems.
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Old 11-07-2013, 06:35 PM   #3
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It is not a "bike rack" no matter what the sakes guy said. It is a "storage rack" that can be used to transport whatever you wish. With some slight mods it will transport bikes. The vertical post can be used as an additional tie down/support point. Travel with care.
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It is not a "bike rack" no matter what the sakes guy said. It is a "storage rack" that can be used to transport whatever you wish. With some slight mods it will transport bikes. The vertical post can be used as an additional tie down/support point. Travel with care.
Can't blame this one on the sales guy. The Surveyor brochure specifically calls it a "Fold Down Bike Rack" supplied in the diamond package for Sport, Select and Fifth Wheel models. I agree, however, that it is really a storage rack that can be used as a bike rack. I just felt kind of bad for the poor sales guy getting all the blame.
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Old 11-07-2013, 07:29 PM   #5
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Inside pin is to fold it up.

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Old 11-07-2013, 07:32 PM   #6
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It is not a "bike rack" no matter what the sakes guy said. It is a "storage rack" that can be used to transport whatever you wish. With some slight mods it will transport bikes. The vertical post can be used as an additional tie down/support point. Travel with care.
My order sheet also says fold up bike rack.
450lb capacity.

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Old 11-07-2013, 08:53 PM   #7
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That rack is a disaster for transporting bikes. We made two trips with it and was fearful that we were going to come with less bikes than we left with! I took it off and had a bracket fabbed so we could attach a hitch mount bike rack. This way we can take the bike for a day trip with the TV if we want too. Since these pics I added another receiver tube parallel to the bracket so I can put the carrier sideways and save a little space at the storage lot and powder coated it.
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Guys...I don't see what all the fuss is about...use ours every trip as a bike rack, family of 4 with room to add our blue tote by the ladder when we stay at non full hookup campgrounds.
As you see in the pic, I use 3 rubber bungee straps to secure the bikes to the rack...then off we go...bikes don't budge a bit...works great for us & glad we got it with this unit



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Guys...I don't see what all the fuss is about...use ours every trip as a bike rack, family of 4 with room to add our blue tote by the ladder when we stay at non full hookup campgrounds.
As you see in the pic, I use 3 rubber bungee straps to secure the bikes to the rack...then off we go...bikes don't budge a bit...works great for us & glad we got it with this unit
Us too. Two adult, two kids bikes (20") no problems. Maybe if I was over worried about the bike paint, it wouldn't work, but for us, its great. Couple bungees and one ratchet strap and all is well.
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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.
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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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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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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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Sounds good .
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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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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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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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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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