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Old 10-14-2015, 04:12 PM   #1
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Bike rack on PUP roof experiences?

The wife and I are getting tired of hauling our bikes on the roof of our TV (using our Yakima roof rack) when we haul our PUP.

I understand hitching the bikes to the rear bumper of the PUP is not a recommended option, though some do it.

We are leaning toward putting the bikes on the roof of our PUP. We usually haul two bikes and a third pull-behind/trail-a-bike. Probably about 75 lbs.

Has anyone done this and regretted it? I realize it involves drilling holes in the roof of the PUP, so I'd likely get a dealer with experience involved.

Thoughts appreciated.
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Old 10-14-2015, 05:27 PM   #2
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When I was a kid, my Dad had a 4-bike rack on the roof of our old Viking PUP for years with no issues.
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Old 10-14-2015, 07:24 PM   #3
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We did it for 9 years. Perfect way to carry them and an easy way to adjust tongue weight if necessary! Slide the rails back or forward.

Extended set up time a bit as you had to remove bikes before raising the roof and then lock them up under the bed whereas they can be left in or on a TV until morning if you arrive really late.

We didn't have to drill any holes as our PUP came standard with roof rails. And we just added the Yakima cross bars that they made specifically for PUPs. Then you can add any roof top bike rack.
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Old 10-14-2015, 07:25 PM   #4
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When we had our PUP we used one of these to take our 3 bikes. No holes or drilling. We used extra bungee cords to really secure the bikes. We never had any issues.

ProRac Proformance Bike Rack | Tent Trailer Bike Rack |

We picked ours up on clearance from Camping World. Hope this helps.
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Old 10-15-2015, 07:59 AM   #5
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Thanks fo the lead to ProRac

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When we had our PUP we used one of these to take our 3 bikes. No holes or drilling. We used extra bungee cords to really secure the bikes. We never had any issues.

ProRac Proformance Bike Rack | Tent Trailer Bike Rack |

We picked ours up on clearance from Camping World. Hope this helps.
Wow! ProRac looks to have exactly what we're looking for. I like the tongue mounted option, and I also like their roof-mounted option. Yakima (our current bike roof rack maker) doesn't have anything as well-geared to PUPs.
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Wow! ProRac looks to have exactly what we're looking for. I like the tongue mounted option, and I also like their roof-mounted option. Yakima (our current bike roof rack maker) doesn't have anything as well-geared to PUPs.
SIL has this exact setup and it works well. Only downside is that the bikes must be broken down and dismounted before they can raise the roof adding another step.

Make sure if you do this to add the bike pads to the roof or you might have the bikes moving a little. Extra straps and bungees are a must IMHO having mounted the bikes a few times.

The crossbar arm must come out too as it is just a little too high for there Starcraft bed to slde over.
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Old 10-15-2015, 08:25 AM   #7
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Cargo bars are available that fit pop-up roofs. They bolt to the sides of the roof on the wood frame, not on top of the roof itself. Most manufacturers support this type cargo bars. Then a bike rack can be mounted on the bars.

We did this when we had a pop-up and it worked great. The idea that it "takes extra set up time" is a non-issue. It's 10 minutes at most to remove the bikes.
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Granted ... our tent-trailer is of an earlier generation (see signature) ... BUT avoid adding any holes. We belonged to a Coleman club and those who did drill into their unit seemed to all later experience leakage problems. Ours is still going strong!
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Starcraft has factory tracks that accept Yakima Control Tower bars. Since Jayco and Starcraft are owned by Jayco you might confirm with Jayco if this system is an option as well. If you have 2 white strips mounted to your roof that is most likely the same system and gives you another option.

The upside to the bars is that you can haul other stuff and you might have the bike racks already since you own a Yakima roof system already.
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Old 10-15-2015, 09:19 AM   #10
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The extra set-up/tear-down time is not a problem for us. In fact, we still anticipate a time savings.

Right now, it's a huge headache for us to put the bikes up onto the roof of our TrailBlazer. It was bad enough with the minivan, but at least the minivan had sliding doors which gave me a nice step up on each side for loading the bikes. The TB is higher up with swing-open doors and is much tougher to load.

Add in the fact that I'm 50 and had spinal fusion surgery 3 years ago, and I'm REALLY looking to get away from this effort. Loading them on the roof of the PUP seems like a MUCH easier job.
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