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lar1949

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Why not mount bicycles on the front like city buses? Has anyone done this? Any recommendations?

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Cause it looks terrible. If you have no pride in your RV, just toss them up on the roof.
Seriously, most people want to have a nice looking RV driving down the road. I hate to see a $200,000.00 MH driving down the road with an orange ladder from Home Depot strapped to the rear ladder.
Perhaps I'm the odd man out on this theory.


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you are more likely to crash the front than the rear. Plus the bikes will get trashed with bugs, water, and road debris

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My rack is on the toad. Why? I like to be able to take my bike to trails - if rack is on the mh, makes getting to trails/paths difficult. If you only ride in cg's, that's not an issue.


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Im with hershey on this one


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or, if you just want to putter around the campground, buy the Dahon foldup bicycles and store them like a suitcase.


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I built a rack on the front of our old MH that I carried a harley on. I had no issues. vIt would be much easier building one for bicycles.

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Plenty of manufacturers of dual hitch receivers. Your toad mounted to one, and a hitch mounted bike rack to the one on top. I agree with other posters here, aesthetically it's kind of tacky to have on the front, and if anyone spends near what I do on bikes, I prefer them protected as much as possible. One bout of rain and road grime can all but ruin a chain and drive train. Ever try to use a rusted brake or shifter cable?

Here's the set up we have:
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I have the same setup as Effy describe in the previous post. I use a tow dolly and a dual hitch receiver with a 4 bike rack. The reasom why I use it this way is some weekends I go away without the car (and tow dolly), I just need the bikes. I have been using this for a while and have no problems, my tow dolly and car is well within the limits of my coach and the hitch receiver.

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hershey wrote:

Cause it looks terrible. If you have no pride in your RV, just toss them up on the roof.
Seriously, most people want to have a nice looking RV driving down the road. I hate to see a $200,000.00 MH driving down the road with an orange ladder from Home Depot strapped to the rear ladder.
Perhaps I'm the odd man out on this theory.


Hi All.

X3 what "hersey" said, I guess we are odd balls also then.

Also if you have a Gasser, it woould help to reduce the air-flow to your engine. On our Motorhome, the Grill isn't big enough as it is.

Why in the world would I want to restrict the air-flow even more ?. Plus as said, "Nasty Nasty Nasty Looking"

Ever think about investing in some "Folding Bikes" as we did. Also have an "Inflatable Kayak", just for those reasons too.

We take a lot of Pride in how our Motorhome looks. If I can't get everything I want into our Storage Compartments, it doesn't need to go, Period.

We Never, Ever, put anything on our Motorhomes rear ladder, Period. We also don't hang anything on our Toad either. But thats just us and how we are.

We realize some people don't have enought storage, so were not totally against putting stuff on your Rear Ladder or a Rear Hitch to mount things, or on a roof of your RV or TV or Toad. You have to do what ever you can do to take your things, but not on the front end of a Motorhome.

When we had our 5er, we had to also keep our Outside Chairs on the Rear Ladder. But we keep our Chairs in Zippered Bags, so it wouldn't look so Tacky.

We also had a Customized Tool Box, I built, on a Rack on the rear of our 5er, to house our Twin Honda EU2000i's, and Paralla Kit. We also had a Custom Waterproof Cover made for it, so it would look better.

What ever happen to ones self pride ?

Every RV we have ever owned in the past 45 years as RV'ers, we have taken great pride in, and how we look to others. Mostly because we didn't want to give poeple with RV's a bad name.

"Tacky Tacky Tacky". We hate to see any Tacky RV's Period, no matter what there kind or size or age is.

Good Luck. Happy Travels. Dan & Jill


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