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Old 03-23-2013, 07:57 AM   #1
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Bikes in the camper..

If you load/carry bikes inside your camper, how are you storing them so they dont go banging around and getting grease all over while traveling? I hate to do it but its really our only option to transport them to/from the CGs. I dont have the space it seems to lay the adult bikes down flat so they will have to stand up somehow or lean against something.
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:05 AM   #2
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Good morning exjay1, I have a couple of old blankets that stay in the back of the truck. I put them over and between 2 bicycles that travel between the table and sofa. The grease was a problem in the beginning. I cleaned it all off and now use a SMALL amount of light oil more often. ... 2 years of no problems with bicycle operation, banging up the TT (careful when loading), or traveling. The downside is they are "in the way" for one night stops. Good luck. And if you find a better way, please let me know.
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:13 AM   #4
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I have three kids (2 teenage boys) and, usually, put the bikes on racks on the roof of my TV, but that is a real hassle. I have been looking at folding bikes for the boys, and that would make it a little easier for (to and from) transport. They sell bags for them, but I just don't like the price of the folding bikes.
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:28 AM   #5
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Have you thought about strengthening the back bumper a little bit then using one of these?

http://www.etrailer.com/RV-and-Motor...an/S64940.html
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http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...-adapter/17221

You would need to get the bumper re-welded and strengthened. You could probably have that done at a welding shot for $100 ish.

You might check this out too. Just a different way to go. If you have a spare tire on the back bumper this might be easier. You'd still have to strengthen the welds though. They have them that fit 4 bikes, this is just the first one I found.

http://www.amazon.com/ACTION-RACK-AL...045009&sr=1-20

There was someone on here that posted some pictures of their beefed up bumper. You might search that our if you are looking to go that way.

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The long stretch cords works good too... We sometimes hook the big chairs up to with stretch cords to keep them from moving around... The longest ones are 52-inches - can always hook two together to get longer... (WALMART)
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I looked at your floorplan exjay and notice your dinette spans the width of your trailer. Our unit has a u shaped dinnette witch is long enough to fit our two bikes together but in opposite direction so the pedals are not together. We bought two fork mounts at a bike shop and mount them on 2x4's. I didn't even have to secure the board to the floor. Very stable and use a rubber bungee cord around the 2x2 crossmember that the seat board sits on. The mounts are quick release like the front wheel release on the bike. I works for us since don't need that area for storage of things.
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Thanks for the responses/suggestions. The bumper or tire bike mount options are out due the thin "C" channel type bumper and light weight frame on our unit. We would have the remove our round dinnette table to sit the bikes in a foward facing mannor to get them in which is fine but got me thinking about building a rack that slips inside the dinnette table mount. made of PVC or EMT with eye bolts on the sides?? would hold 4 bikes and all could be tied up with bungee cords together. not sure yet if it would actually work but just an idea..

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Do you think the weight of the bikes movement side to side when the trailers in motion might be too much for the pedestal mount. That would great if you don't have to remove the seat covers.
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Have you considered a front receiver on the TV and a bike carrier out front?
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