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Old 09-24-2015, 05:17 PM   #11
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Well, to be detailed - not just the handlebars. Swagman is below the bumper into the receiver, so there were issues with the lower loops for the rack itself, pedals, bike on bike entanglement, and even chainring banging things, depending on how I tried to configure it all. And impossible access to city water inlet and electrical cord. With the 12" receiver extension, all of that is so much easier......
Now if the hitch itself could have been mounted further back, all would have been well, but had to go with what Jayco decided to do when they installed it at the factory. I'm sure each install will be different.
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Old 09-24-2015, 05:56 PM   #12
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Yippeeee! All the varied threads here about hauling bikes make me so happy we went with the Columba 26" folding w/18-speed shifter (between $200-300/per bike depending on model ~ less than the mods we'd be paying) [note: smaller wheel bikes like 16" or 20" cost even less]. We just fold them up, put each in their carry/storage bag, and secure them next to the bed in the TT.
We had thought about folding bikes but ours ended by being given to us. We may look at that option for Christmas.
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I don't mean to pirate someone else's thread, but does anyone just put their bikes in the back of the pick up. Also I have seen a "cover" for you tailgate that you can hang your bikes over. Has anyone tried this?
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My neighbour uses a bike rack that mounts on his A-Frame above the propane tanks. It seems to be very functional and relatively easy to use. I looked at the same model, it was pricey, I think the 4-bike model was $700 CND. But it was very sturdy and does not present the torsion issues that a bumper mounted rack includes.

The down side I saw to it was increased hitch weight and my old TT was already pushing my limits so I decided not to risk it.
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Yippeeee! All the varied threads here about hauling bikes make me so happy we went with the Columba 26" folding w/18-speed shifter (between $200-300/per bike depending on model ~ less than the mods we'd be paying) [note: smaller wheel bikes like 16" or 20" cost even less]. We just fold them up, put each in their carry/storage bag, and secure them next to the bed in the TT.
We also use the 2 folding bikes from CW and stow in the TT. Ours are the 6 speeds and CW has a sale right now -- 2 for 300 bucks.
They have the small wheels and are funny to ride at first but easy to get used to. No major mtn. bike trails with them but roads and trails are okay. Enjoy.
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We also use the 2 folding bikes from CW and stow in the TT. Ours are the 6 speeds and CW has a sale right now -- 2 for 300 bucks.
They have the small wheels and are funny to ride at first but easy to get used to. No major mtn. bike trails with them but roads and trails are okay. Enjoy.
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As I read the total cost of some of the bike mounts/mods (addressed in great detail in both this and other bike threads on this forum), folding bikes for a family could end-up costing less! Also keep in mind the ease of mounting/unmounting the bikes (e.g. from over propane tanks) ~ you don't want to dread doing that and pull a muscle!

Many of the smaller wheel foldables start in the low $100 range - and suit a variety of needs/objectives (cruising the RV park vs. taking day-trips). We purchased 26" alloy-suspension Columba bikes because we like to picnic/explore and DH wanted something comparable to our "at home" bikes. Right now our TT bikes are folded and in their carrying bags secured next to the bed waiting our Yosemite trip (can't wait to ride the valley floor).
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Check out the North Shore bike racks. Simple to use and bomb proof.

As far as the bumper I would have someone check that out for strength and possibly improving it's strength to support a rack in some way.
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I don't mean to pirate someone else's thread, but does anyone just put their bikes in the back of the pick up. Also I have seen a "cover" for you tailgate that you can hang your bikes over. Has anyone tried this?
I do this. I use a dakine tailgate pad and put the bikes on the outer sides of the tail gate to allow for turning clearance.
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On my old trailer I had a 2" receiver welded frame to frame...on my new Jayco the "cargo accessory receiver" or some name like that, is the same thing only installed at the factory. As far as bike racks go, regarding not being suitable for RVs, I've got a yakima that I've had for over 10 years with no problems. I never read the fine print, so maybe I wasn't supposed to use it on a trailer, but it has been flawless for 10 years. YMMV.

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