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Old 07-28-2020, 08:16 PM   #1
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Default Selecting A new Bike Rack

I have a new 2720 QS with a 2" rear receiver hitch. I sold my 2008 and used to have the bikes in my pickup bed. I'm looking to haul 2 adult sized bicycles. There are many bike racks sold out there, as you all know. I've owned many myself for my vehicles and when my kids were younger. I'm asking for people advice on racks they used and like. I'd need to buy one for this new TM and wanted to start with solid advice from folks who really like their bike racks and what reasons they like them.

Some ideas;

-being able to pull out the bed and fold out rear roof without messing with rack or taking the bikes off the rack to do it.
-Stability when driving.
-security when parked. Self locking or cable/chain locking.
-being able to get into the bumper compartment with bikes loaded.
-being able to fold down the bikes and rack to open the rear roof.
-having a platform portion to the rack to additional gear storage.
-corrosion resistance.
-ability to cover bikes while mounted to minimize road splash and dirt.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-01-2020, 09:06 AM   #2
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Default Love our bike rack

We use this one:
inspite of it's warning not to use on an RV.
we often take it off the trailer and put it on our SUV. It does that very easily. Unlock and then one wrench for one bolt that also serves to decrease wobble.
Your points:
1. We take the bikes off the rack. It does have a tilt feature so we wouldn't HAVE to in order to set up the trailer, and we have done that a few times, but it's ungainly doing the tilt feature with the bikes on there. Especially pushing them back up because of the weight. You would not be able to set up the trailer with the bikes in normal configuration. You would at least have to tilt. In normal configuration, it holds the bikes up high. We like that because there is no worries we will scrape going over a bump, etc. that was a fear on the last rack we had. We actually did hit the bikes on the ground a couple of times with the old rack.
2. Great Stability with the bike rack.
3 Great security. Bike rack locks to the hitch, and another lock keeps the bikes on the rack. same key for both.
4. see above. you would have to tilt the rack.
5. see above
6. No platform - It's pretty heavy by itself. Adding two bikes probably takes us to the limit for the trailer hitch.
7. corrosion resistance - great
8. I would think so.
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Old 07-08-2022, 10:36 AM   #3
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The KAC K2 Bike Rack is not rated for RV use.
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Old 07-08-2022, 10:47 AM   #4
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I have a 3 bike model very similar to the one Inghamm mentions. Works great. Id definitely prefer to have the bikes supported by the wheels opposed to hanging from the frame. We carry three 26 mountain bikes. No sway issues, but its a 3326 towed behind a Ram 1500.
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