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Old 08-09-2021, 01:43 PM   #1
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Bike rack fail

Gail was on the way to Doctor appointment, when this happened. Luckily she was able to get to the shoulder, bike just missed her. Fifth wheel, with 3 bikes on a cheap bike carrier.Click image for larger version

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And I bet they will not realize it until they arrive at their destination
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Dang, that is scary. I wonder why just one of them fell off?
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Old 08-09-2021, 02:29 PM   #4
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He finally pulled over, after 2 miles, wondering why everyone was yelling and pointing. Had bike on end of rack arm, with just a cheap bungy, holding it.
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100% the reason why my bikes are in the bed of the truck.
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So... did the bike rack fail as you mentioned in the title of your post or did the bike simply fall off due to user attachment error as you later state?

Huge difference.
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So... did the bike rack fail as you mentioned in the title of your post or did the bike simply fall off due to user attachment error as you later state?

Huge difference.
I wasn't sure how to title it. It fell off do to excessive bouncing and twisting. The rack was one of those thin ones, with 2 arms, and rubber straps, not for rv use. It was just hooked to the end of the arm, with a bungee.
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Riding my motorcycle thru Minneapolis a few years ago, following a motorhome with bikes on a rack, going around 50, staying a respectable distance back when the bikes fell off. Regardless of spacing, it took an emergency swerve and an act of God to avoid hitting them. Henceforth on the bike I never follow RV's, pick-ups, or anything else with things tied or strapped on. You never know.
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We always wonder when we see 3-4 bikes hanging on the back of a TOAD or TT. The carriers usually look overloaded, and the bikes tangled together, at odd angles, with a variety of cords and locks, some wheels spinning.

We use an Arvika that attaches to the front of our TT. Each bike has its own clamp and slot, plus ties for each wheel to keep them from rolling.
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Riding my motorcycle thru Minneapolis a few years ago, following a motorhome with bikes on a rack, going around 50, staying a respectable distance back when the bikes fell off. Regardless of spacing, it took an emergency swerve and an act of God to avoid hitting them. Henceforth on the bike I never follow RV's, pick-ups, or anything else with things tied or strapped on. You never know.
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Also have to beware of pickups or trailers with tarps covering the load their owner is carrying to the dump.

A motorcyclist was killed a few years back near my home when a tarp came loose and literally enveloped him as it flew through the air.

People all too often don't think beyond their own noses when it comes to securing loads and the possible consequences.
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People all too often don't think beyond their own noses when it comes to securing loads and the possible consequences.
Very true.
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We use an Arvika that attaches to the front of our TT. Each bike has its own clamp and slot, plus ties for each wheel to keep them from rolling.
We love our Arvika as well. We have a 4-bike model.

So scary to watch bikes bounce around behind a TT.
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