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Old 12-17-2017, 02:54 PM   #21
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Carrying bikes under a camper shell....

FYI, for those who tow with a pickup and camper shell, this Swagman Pick-Up rack, mounted in reverse at the rear of the bed, is a great set-up for us in our F-150.
https://www.etrailer.com/Truck-Bed-B...an/S64702.html
We turned it 90 degrees, and the bed tie-downs help wedge it in snugly. Since the rack wasn't engineered to be turned 90 degrees, I plan to slide a block under the middle to help support the weight before any long trips on rough roads, just to be safe.
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Old 12-17-2017, 03:25 PM   #22
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Similar idea, I used a pair of these screwed onto a 2/4 cut to size.

Worked great before I had the fifth wheel.

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Old 12-17-2017, 03:27 PM   #23
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Similar idea, I used a pair of these screwed onto a 2/4 cut to size. Worked great before I had the fifth wheel.
How did you hold the 2x4 in place?
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How did you hold the 2x4 in place?
It was just cut to fit snug side to side, if it moved it was only front to back an inch or so. Don't know if it had anything to do with it staying put but it was doug fir which is fairly heavy. Could probably even use 3/4" ply or some of that 90% glue fiber board.
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Old 12-17-2017, 05:54 PM   #25
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You'll never regret a 1UP rack.
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Old 12-17-2017, 08:06 PM   #26
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You'll never regret a 1UP rack.
We have a 1UP Super Duty Single for the back of the trailer. Very nice. But there are times we might want more protection from the elements or from a miscreant with ill intentions. Securing our bikes inside the camper shell (out of the weather and out of sight) will give us some additional peace of mind in either case.
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Group, I'm going to be purchasing a 1Up bike rack for my big trip. My question, is what kind of bike security do you think would be wise to get? Neither of the bikes are valuable to anyone but us, but sure don't want to see them nor the rack to walk off. Anything here? https://www.1up-usa.com/product-category/security/
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Old 03-07-2018, 10:39 AM   #28
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I use a 6' Kryptonite cable; it was the longest that REI had in stock with a reasonably thick cable. Being creative with it, I am able to secure the frames and rear wheels of two bikes to the rack. Going longer would probably allow the front wheels to also be secured, but would be more unwieldy to handle (rationale perhaps - if someone wants the front wheels that bad...). Also, thicker cables are stiffer - thus harder to wind around components. Tradeoff I suppose in degree of security versus ease of install. I absolutely love the 1UP rack!
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Group, I'm going to be purchasing a 1Up bike rack for my big trip. My question, is what kind of bike security do you think would be wise to get? Neither of the bikes are valuable to anyone but us, but sure don't want to see them nor the rack to walk off. Anything here? https://www.1up-usa.com/product-category/security/
Once you tighten the rack's shaft into the receiver, you can use a simple long shank padlock in place of what they sell as a "Hitch Bar Lock" to help keep the rack from walking away. From there, a common bike cable lock to either the rack or the hitch assembly should keep the bike from walking away. Make sure the cable goes through the frame and both wheels, or you might end up with a unicycle!
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Old 03-07-2018, 10:48 AM   #30
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Donna, I got one of these to lock the rack and bikes to the trailer. I also have a lighter cable lock for each bike to lock them while on a ride.



Master Lock Receiver Lock and 8-foot Cable | Canadian Tire

PS. I loop the receiver lock through each bike frame, and use the cable locks to lock wheels to frame on each bike while in the rack.
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