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Ladder Bike Rack
« on: April 17, 2019, 11:18:50 am »
I did the PC search and saw a positive comment for a Swagman. I did the Amazon search and none of them have great reviews. I will be towing a car or boat so the hitch mount won't work. Looking for recommendations for a ladder mount bike rack. Thanks...Russ

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Re: Ladder Bike Rack
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2019, 11:40:11 am »
I did the PC search and saw a positive comment for a Swagman. I did the Amazon search and none of them have great reviews. I will be towing a car or boat so the hitch mount won't work. Looking for recommendations for a ladder mount bike rack. Thanks...Russ

Maybe something like this?   https://www.etrailer.com/Ball-Mounts/Curt/D210.html



or this.. https://maloneautoracks.com/Double-Hitch-Receiver.html



I would favor the top one, as it reduces the leverage the tongue weight would have on the chassis compared to the bottom one.

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Re: Ladder Bike Rack
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2019, 01:40:08 pm »
I use one like this, it works great.  Ladder rack would be in my way.


Another option is put the rack on the car and your bikes on the car rack.

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Re: Ladder Bike Rack
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2019, 02:03:46 pm »
Barry and Sue 
Current   2012 2551 w/Slide
Previous 2008 2350 w/Slide

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Re: Ladder Bike Rack
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2019, 08:35:26 am »
I did the PC search and saw a positive comment for a Swagman. I did the Amazon search and none of them have great reviews. I will be towing a car or boat so the hitch mount won't work. Looking for recommendations for a ladder mount bike rack. Thanks...Russ
I would not want anything more than a very light weight lawn chair or two bouncing up and down on on the ladder while travelling.
If you do the double receiver hitch solution, be sure that the bikes don't interfere with the toad when turning sharply.
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Re: Ladder Bike Rack
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2019, 09:09:22 am »
I did the PC search and saw a positive comment for a Swagman. I did the Amazon search and none of them have great reviews. I will be towing a car or boat so the hitch mount won't work. Looking for recommendations for a ladder mount bike rack. Thanks...Russ

Use a dual hitch extender... The work great.

https://m.harborfreight.com/dual-hitch-extender-69881.html

Car or boat attaches to lower receiver, bike rack attaches to upper receiver.   Price is reasonable too.
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Re: Ladder Bike Rack
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2019, 06:30:21 am »
We carry our bikes on the rear hitch of the tow vehicle.  This way there is no extra weight resting on the PC, and we can drive to the bike trails with the tow vehicle.  The draw back is that we bring our bikes everywhere when driving our tow vehicle, unless we take them off and lock them up at the camp site.
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Re: Ladder Bike Rack
« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2019, 12:10:32 pm »
We carry our bikes on the rear hitch of the tow vehicle.  This way there is no extra weight resting on the PC, and we can drive to the bike trails with the tow vehicle.  The draw back is that we bring our bikes everywhere when driving our tow vehicle, unless we take them off and lock them up at the camp site.

We did the same, the first time I used my Ranger for a toad.  When I checked my mileage at the end of the day, I discovered I was only getting 7 mpg over flat Texas land.  I moved the bikes into the house for the trip back, and got 8 mpg on the way home.  We carried the bikes on the RV hitch for years before we started dragging a toad and never noticed any impact to mileage, since the motorhome shielded the bikes.  Of course, a pickup is the worst case, and we used a bike cover, but even so, not much of the bikes were exposed above the bed.  I was surprised at the impact to mileage.

We finally bought a Smart car last year, and sold the E-bikes.  We've only taken one trip with it, but we averaged 9.5mpg on that trip.  I think it's so small that it's mostly in the shadow of the RV, like the bikes were.

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Re: Ladder Bike Rack
« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2019, 10:27:22 am »
I have one that I will sell for $40 plus shipping. We used it to haul 2 bikes on our 2551. Worked great ! No movement & bikes are secure. If you are interested, contact me for pics. Used it while hauling a motorcycle trailer behind us.
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