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Posted: 01/03/19 05:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

on our last rig, back when we used a tow dolly, we tried to use a hitch mount on the back of the toad that we already had and used when we weren't traveling in the motorhome. Didn't allow for the slope of the toad on the dolly which made the bikes ride too low to the ground. Just something to consider.


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We use a Swagman like this between our toad and the RV. Fits on the shank of the towbar and with the bikes lifted there are no space problems. Been using it for years. Have a 2" square iron tube for the rack when we are not towing. Also have used the rack on a regular hitch when we are towing a trailer.

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We don't have bikes, but when we take grandkids along, we put their bikes in the motorhome. I simply drop the table in the dinette and secure them there.


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I carry 3 bikes two in the basement storage areas and one in the trunk of the tow car. I have two pass thru storage bays one for a ladder, table, fishing rods and other long stuff and the other for bikes. I remove the front wheel and slide one in from both sides so the front forks are almost touching. For the tow car I also remove the front wheel and put it in the trunk. I also have a bike rack that I can put on the back of the tow car to transport bikes locally or on top of a mountain and my GS and I will coast down while my wife takes the car back down the mountain. I don't use the bike rack to travel with. The bikes stay much cleaner and out of the rain than storing them on the outside.

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I had same issue several years ago. Needed to carry 4 bikes, wanted to carry them on the toad so that could take bikes places didn't want to have to bring the motorhome. For a while, carried them on a hitch mounted receiver on back of the toad. Did not like it, though, for various reasons - no access to trunk, couldn't see them back there, and always afraid one good bump was gonna rip them off there or ding up the trunk (the latter actually happened). Soooo, ditched the hitch mounted bike rack, and went to a roof mounted rack on the toad. Works soooooo much better, love it. Wish would've gone that way from the get go. Yes, it's more $$, but you can frequently get a lot of the parts for a roof rack off of eBay or Craig's list for much cheaper. Thats what I did, and saved hundreds that way. Still using the roof rack today, highly, highly recommend this approach.

* This post was edited 01/09/19 10:42am by willald *


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