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Old 03-27-2021, 06:42 AM   #1
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Best Bike Rack

I'm looking to purchase a bike rack for my Winnebago 24d and was wondering if you can give me some recommendations from your experience? I want to take two bikes. Thanks for helping!
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Old 03-27-2021, 08:00 AM   #2
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Bikes can be heavy so it would help to know if the bikes you’ve got are heavy electric bikes or lighter non-electric road bikes.

Racks can be had for $150 to $850. eTrailer has a good selection so does Amazon.

Behind an RV you want a platform bike rack not the hanging kind.

Here’s one I’m looking at on Amazon for heavier bikes. I don’t own it but have seen good reviews:

https://www.amazon.com/BUZZRACK-Appr...dp/B06XG5V1TQ/

This is the one I have and it’s worked fine but I’ve learned our bikes are too heavy for it.

https://www.amazon.com/Swagman-Cross...dp/B0001VO1YY/

Two of the best brands are Thule and Kuat. But they can get very expensive the ones I looked at at a bike store yesterday ranged fro $550 to $850.

Also be aware that bikes, especially electric bikes, have been huge sellers during the pandemic. Supplies are shorter, wait times longer and prices higher. This has been true of bike racks, as well.
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Old 03-27-2021, 08:24 AM   #3
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I you are looking for a hitch receiver mounted rack, Oneup makes the best by far but they are $$$. I have a Kuat 2 bike and a Saris 4 bike. The Kuat is the easiest to load/unload but after 3 seasons in New England it is showing lots of corrosion and paint bubbling off the cast and extruded aluminum. The Saris is made in the USA and lifetime warranty. Lots of stamped steel with powdercoat, I worry about rust long term. If I could do it all over I should have paid the money for the Oneup. https://www.1up-usa.com/product-category/bike-racks/
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Old 03-27-2021, 10:26 AM   #4
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Here is what I use for our 2 regular (non electric) bicycles. We like this one because it is super sturdy, and also because I wanted to lock the bicycles to the rack and not rely on cables to secure the bikes. Because we lock the rack to the car and bicycles to the rack, it is harder to steal (a problem in most CA beach campsites). In a belt and suspenders approach, I also use a cable to lock the bikes together. The down side, which is minor for us, is that you have to screw the top down and it can take 30 seconds to get it tightened. Also, a hitch tightener may be needed to eliminate any wobble. Sometimes I use one and sometimes I donít. The last issue (again, minor for us) is that is does not lower the bikes down, but that is partly why itís sturdy. No moving parts, and everything is welded together. We used it about a year on both the RV and the CRV.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00029KBDA...ing=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 04-11-2021, 05:18 PM   #5
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I too agree that you do not want to "hang" bikes on a rack. I recommend Saris. They have a good selection of receiver hitch bike racks and good customer service. I have the THELMA, but they no longer make it, but parts are still available. Good Luck with your search!
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Old 04-11-2021, 07:13 PM   #6
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Best bike rack

The 1up bike rack is awesome if you are looking for a hitch mount. Iíve traveled coast to coast 4 times with it as well as all the way to southern Baja. I have expensive bikes and never a scratch. The best thing is that you can cover bikes completely with a bike cover and they stay dry and clean!
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Old 04-11-2021, 11:28 PM   #7
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This is a great $50 solution and it hangs on your rear ladder.

Camping World: Ladder Bike Rack

https://www.campingworld.com/ladder-...a&gclsrc=3p.ds

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Camco-Ladder-...8205281&sr=8-3
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Old 04-12-2021, 06:45 AM   #8
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I bought this for my View 24J carring 2 fat tire e-bikes, 60 lbs each:
KAC Overdrive Sports K2 2” Hitch Mounted Rack 2-Bike Platform Style Carrier
https://www.amazon.com/Overdrive-Spo...omotive&sr=1-3
They specify "not for RV use" but I believe that applies to TT that would have the weight shifted too much to the rear. It works great for us - really heavy duty, fits the bikes nicely. Best features - it tilts down to load/unload, and fold up out of the way when not in use. A little spendy, but well worth it.
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Old 04-12-2021, 12:44 PM   #9
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We haul 2 electric bikes with a Yakima bike rack, about $450. It is very heavy duty and very easy to mount the bikes. We can use it on the back of the View or back of the toad.
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Old 04-12-2021, 02:15 PM   #10
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Since people are adding comments on non-"D" models I thought I'd share my experience with the "G" model. I had one similar to macnut above, but it had the ability to articulate down to open the rear slide. In theory it was good, but to articulate, you really needed to remove the bikes completely to angle it down. Time consuming, and a problem if raining, and it added need to lock the bikes to something else for the night - not so easy in a Walmart parking lot! Also time consuming to put them back on.

The best rack for this model I feel is the Aero bikewing rack:

https://letsgoaero.com/bikewing-2-ne...two-bike-rack/

The bikes attach directly to the rack on either side, then with the release of a cotter pin the entire unit articulates down without removing the bikes. It takes a few seconds instead of many minutes. Same goes for the reverse when leaving. I made a cover out of a 6' grill cover that I added grommets along the bottom to cinch closed.

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I looked a long time before I could find a bike rack that was motorhome rated. The only ones I found were made by Swagman. I bought the Swagman Escapee. https://www.swagman.net/product.htm?...8205&cat=40497
It is rated to carry 2 E-bikes. We have used it several times with one E-bike and one hybrid bike. The rack is rock solid and the bikes mount very securely.
The only disadvantage is that the rack is heavy. But that seems a small price to pay.
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Old 04-13-2021, 07:30 PM   #12
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Watched a RV You Tube Video this week where they came up to another RV where they lost the bumper and bikes when it broke off. Couldn't find it again but you definitely want a rack that mounts on your hitch. We have a K2 hitch and hauled 2 Electric bikes on our Outlook 31N Class C. We drove over 6,700 miles over some pretty rough roads with no problem. One was a step through and K2 gave us a second lock for it when I emailed them my concerns. Make sure if you have a step through that they rack can handle both a normal cross bar and step through if needed. Good Luck.
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Old 04-13-2021, 11:21 PM   #13
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I have the Hollywood Rack for E bikes. Absolutely outstanding. Both bike are locked to the rack and I added Kryptonite lock and cable lock. The rack is very heavy, but also tilts to ease access. Unfortunately the Rack has been on backorder for months. I just traveled 6k miles through all kinds of roads and the rack is rock solid. It uses the 2 inch hitch, and has a built in stabilizer to lock the hitch solid.
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Old 04-15-2021, 08:43 AM   #14
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We have the swagman rack for two bikes and it works out well for us. I have a more expensive hanging rack from Yakima and it is a pain. The swagman is much easier. I do need to have the hitch extender on it to clear the rear bumper though.
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Old 04-15-2021, 10:51 AM   #15
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I have been very happy with my KUAT 2.0 rack. Has pivot capability (with foot assist) and can handle up to 2 bikes 60 lbs each. With an add-on it can handle 1-2 additional bikes. Integrated bike locks. Construction is excellent and is holding up well after 3 years of use.

https://www.kuat.com/product/nv-2-0/
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Old 04-21-2021, 07:38 PM   #16
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There are very few racks (Thule, Yakima, 1up) that provide a ramp so you can wheel a 65-70 lb e-bike up to the where it will sit. I have no desire to lift a heavy e-bike and insert it into wheel holders that are a foot in from where I can stand and lift it back up again to put it back on the ground.

Most racks top put at 130 lbs which means they can handle two 65 lb bikes with nothing added to the stock bikes. Most are also not rated by their manufacturer for use on an RV or trailer where more stress is put on the rack from road bumps.
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