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Old 04-03-2016, 06:18 PM   #181
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I've owned many bike racks over the years (yakima, thule, etc), using them on the receiver hitch of my vehicles (haven't gotten an escape yet, coming in Jan 2017). By far the best bike rack I've ever had (and my current one for the last two years) is made by Kuat Racks. A little pricey, but bikes lock solid at the wheels (so no paint issues), integrated bike lock, and they go on or off quickly and easily. The model I have is the NV.
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Old 04-03-2016, 06:36 PM   #182
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By far the best bike rack I've ever had (and my current one for the last two years) is made by Kuat Racks. A little pricey, but bikes lock solid at the wheels (so no paint issues), integrated bike lock, and they go on or off quickly and easily. The model I have is the NV.
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Old 04-03-2016, 07:24 PM   #183
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Kuat makes great racks, and in fact was what I was going to buy before I came across the 1UP. I have a friend with one, and I have used it going out mountain biking. It has a bike stand, which can be handy if you need to do maintenance on your bike. While it is a great rack, side by side with the 1UP, the strength of the build, and the simplicity of the design are obviously better with the 1UP.
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Old 04-03-2016, 09:04 PM   #184
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Old 04-04-2016, 08:48 AM   #185
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Not recommended for RV

Not recommended for use with cover.

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Old 04-04-2016, 09:22 AM   #186
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I still prefer to carry my bikes on my truck rather than on the back of my trailer. I like to be able to leave the trailer at a campsite and take the bikes to wherever I need to, without switching over from the trailer to the truck. With the bikes on the truck roof, I can see them in my rear view mirrors and know they are still there, if they fall off of the back of my trailer, it could be many miles later that it is noticed.


For my roof top bike carrier, I went simple and set up my FJ stock rack to carry three bikes. I used Yakima Mighty Mount cross-bar clamps with Rocky Mounts truck bed mounts. The rear wheels sit on a cross-bar of the rack and are held down with bungies. So far, this solution has been very solid. Only downside is that the roof on the FJ is quite high and it is nearly a two person job to load the bikes. But, with towing a trailer and not wanting bikes on the back of the trailer, there are not too many other options. The components look kind of like this:



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Old 04-04-2016, 09:46 AM   #187
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Cover for 1 UP two bikes??

Any recommendations for 1 Up bike covers for two bikes?

I found that "Old Skool" likes a Formosa he got on Amazon. Couldn't spot any more.

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Old 04-04-2016, 10:11 AM   #188
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I'm with Dave W - we carry our bikes on the top. With the Tacoma we had Yakima racks on the topper and now will be using them on the Highlander. Besides Dave's points, in city traffic especially, I have enough trouble knowing exactly where the back of the trailer is and having bikes hanging off the back would make that even worse for me. (In the wise words of Donna -YMMV.)
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Old 04-04-2016, 11:17 AM   #189
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Any recommendations for 1 Up bike covers for two bikes?

I found that "Old Skool" likes a Formosa he got on Amazon. Couldn't spot any more.

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I used the Formosa on recent trip to Florida and back. Worked really nice for $45. Per the instructions, i did use a couple of additional bungies to tighten up the cover. Suggested in instructions for long trips. 1up and Formosa worked together for two bikes on the 21' like a dream. We used the 1Up on the pickup to run around to different bike paths in the Port Charlotte and Fort Myers area.
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Old 04-04-2016, 08:51 PM   #190
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We have used the Kuat from VT to BC, from BC back to VT via CO and KS, then up to Nova Scotia back to VT and now down to Fl where we presently are. No problem! Love the integrated bike lock. We were interested in the 1 UP, but found that it would not work with our bike's rear mounted racks. It's made like a brick poop house and not difficult to put together. I use it with a Hitchrider Hitch lock and it doesn't budge in the receiver ( integrated Kuat hitch lock not as sturdy). We are really pleased. Ian
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