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JoeChiOhki

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Well, I've been using a harbor freight special for hauling my bikes behind the camper for the last couple of trips and while it's worked, the straight drop down position of the bikes always required a second body to get them back up and pinned back into place and after the Eastern Oregon Ramblin' journey and a couple of other trips, the little rubber mounts have pretty much had it.

So, now, I'm looking for a new 2-3 bike replacement rack that instead of tipping down, swings out to the side and will work behind a Truck Camper.

Any Suggestions?

For the record, whatever bike rack that gets used is already set back roughly 12" or so behind the camper because I have a 48" long extension.

* This post was edited 02/16/12 03:46pm by JoeChiOhki *


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Hey there,
try the Yakima Swing Daddy. We've got one that we used with our four wheel camper and it's great! one person operation and holds up to four bikes. They're a bit pricey new but try craigs list or the like. Still spendy but not as much hurt to the wallet. good luck!


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I like it, but good Lord is it over priced, $500! Definitely a craigslister .

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Yea pricey! I think we paid around 350 for ours. Definitely worth it if you can find one.

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there are several online vendors that routinely offer 20% discount on both Yakima and Thule products, so that may be an option. PM me if you want the vendor I have delt with.


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Thanks Kawa, but unless their base price is starting around $150 less than what I'm seeing online, the 20% off isn't getting it down into my budget range. $200 is what I consider a HIGH price for a bike rack and while Thule and Yakima are name brands in the business, and produce a decent looking product, I tend to avoid things that have an artificially inflated value based on their name.

I did see once brand called OCI that had a swing away for around $225, but it used far too many little knobs and doodads to secure the rack vs taking the K.I.S.S approach.

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Try this one, under $300:
http://www.etrailer.com/tv-demo_OSI_swinging_4_bike_carrier_dbr400.aspx

On Amazon for $225 for the 3 place rack.

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Thank you, that's the brand I meant, Surco OSI, not OCI.

I can find the DR300 for even less on amazon.

DBR-300 Swing Reciever

Actually, just found a review by our own Mark Ingall's on there as well .

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Yeah, good reviews, price and free shipping.

I hate my tilt down one, I may have to upgrade.

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Well, I just ordered one of those DBR-300's from Amazon, thanks all .

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