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Old 11-07-2013, 08:02 PM   #1
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Any photos with bicycles on rear rack?

We are in the process of narrowing down what we do and don't want on our 17B

Some things are easy - "bike rack ready" being one of them. Two bicycles will be brought along more often than not (and they're a royal pain to fit with the motorcycles in the Sprinter van). We're questioning to "need" for an "Additional set LED brake lights" and a picture of the back of an Escape trailer with bicycles mounted on a rack could help us decide.

Anyone have one
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Old 11-07-2013, 09:13 PM   #2
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If you put anything on the back of any brand of trailer and that item(s) block the rear lights of the trailer, you absolutely want extra tail lights mounted up higher... or some place that the "anything" doesn't block brake or turn lights. Safety always!
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Old 11-07-2013, 09:16 PM   #3
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I don't think I have pictures handy, but I can say that I would not want to have bikes back there without the additional lights. We carry two full sized bikes on a rack that clamps on the bike wheels. The bikes are wide enough to interfere with seeing the taillights. We towed with a cover on them for a couple of trips, and that almost totally blocked the taillights. To me, the extra lights are a must-have.

I just checked....here's a picture of the back of the camper on the downhill side of the Eisenhower Tunnel in the way home from our trip to Chilliwack. No bike rack, but you can imagine what two sets of wheels in front of each taillight would do to their visibility.
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Old 11-07-2013, 09:31 PM   #4
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2012 17-B with the light add on . A must with a bike rack.
In bumper to bumper traffic a big safety advantage.
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Old 11-07-2013, 11:42 PM   #5
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We just started the process of ordering our Escape 19, and because we plan on carrying bikes, the additional LED brake lights were a no brainer.
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Old 11-08-2013, 02:46 AM   #6
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Here is a photo with bikes on the back. Not the best for showing lights through bike wheels. Could not find a shot square on which would show both left and right lights.

You can see the lights through the wheels but there could be certain angles where one or both lights would be obscured. I like the comfort of knowing that with the extra lights your turn signals and brake lights will always be visible.
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Old 11-08-2013, 07:25 AM   #7
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I don't have a photo, but I can say that they obscure the back tail lights enough that I am really glad we also have the upper lights, especially in heavy traffic on "big" roads when everyone is jamming on their brakes!!
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Old 11-08-2013, 10:03 AM   #8
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I asked a cop friend about this. He said that blocking the rear tail lights with bicycle wheels was not actually illegal, since the lights are technically visible through the wheels. A police officer would not pull you over for this. That's the Ontario rule, anyways. Probably varies by jurisdiction.

But that doesn't address the question of whether or not carrying bikes on the back without the extra set of tail lights is a smart thing to do...
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Old 11-08-2013, 11:18 AM   #9
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Most likely the same in any jurisdiction, Doug. But yeah, still not the smart thing to do.

I added my own. Bought the lights from Tammy to match, and spent about 3 hours to do it. The hardest part was feeding the wires trough to under the bed. Mounting the lights and connecting the wires took about 30 minutes. Best though to have it done at the factory if you plan to carry bikes.
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Old 11-08-2013, 11:25 AM   #10
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I knew we'd get a lot of "anything to be SAFE" type comments.

The picture is very appreciated, as it shows that bikes actually do obscure the tail lights a fair bit.

The fact is that both our car and our van have tail lights that show surprisingly well around our bikes on the rack, so automatically assuming that they'd be obscured on the trailer is silly.
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