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Old 11-24-2011, 05:28 PM   #11
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I use the factory installed rack, with ratchet straps, and bungee cords. Every time I load them (2 Adult 1 Child) it is a problem. The hardest thing is getting the pedals to not hit the vertical bar, and each other. No easy way I have ever found to load bikes one these racks
Are you rolling them on or lifting them on? If lifting, do you raise the bar before you put on the bikes or afterward?
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Old 11-24-2011, 09:31 PM   #12
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I have done it both ways. The easiest is to load the bikes then raise the bar. I have never found it easy to tie bikes down no matter what the rack. I load 3 bikes on the rack, and toss my son's small bike in the bed of the truck (much easier than strapping down).
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Old 11-25-2011, 06:25 AM   #13
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Thanks. Good to know. A hitch receiver with a conventional bike carrier is sounding more and more attractive.
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Old 11-25-2011, 07:06 AM   #14
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I would suggest putting a front bumper hitch on your truck. I had one on my 07 Dodge Ram and am now going to purchase a Curt front bumper hitch for my 2010 Dodge Ram from the Hitch Store who have great prices and free delivery.
I too thought of this option, but, I was concerned that it would restrict air-flow and affect headlamp performance...
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Old 11-25-2011, 08:43 AM   #15
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I too thought of this option, but, I was concerned that it would restrict air-flow and affect headlamp performance...
Unless you put a cover on your bikes, you will not have a problem.
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