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Old 02-24-2012, 06:35 PM   #1
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We have an anniversary coming up shortly and the Old Bag has a reMarkable birthday up-coming. She thinks she wants a bike, and I'm thinking it's about time I got her something she actually wanted.
However, that brings up the issue of bike racks. I asked at the bike shop and was told a hitch receiver type rack starts at $350 for one with a decent locking mechanism ( which seems to be the main issue ).
So, this is starting to look pricy. The bike for her ( followed by a bike for me ), helmets, locks and a rack that I can use in the hitch receiver on the RAV4 or on the back of the Escape. ( which means I have to remove my hitch mounted storage box, unless somebody has thoughts ).

I guess I could tow the Escape and Les could draft the trailer, saving the cost of a hitch....

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Old 02-24-2012, 06:59 PM   #2
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Check out what's available on etrailer.com. I'm happy with what we got from them, and MUCH cheaper.

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I bet 'bike' is just a code word for 'power tool', or 'appliance'.
You are probably headed in the wrong direction with this.
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Old 02-24-2012, 08:51 PM   #4
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I'm going to go with "it's the thought that counts".

I've printed out a picture and specs for a bike, and I'll give her that.

Then I'll point out that I'm an invalid and so is the dog. I'm getting an angioplasty and stent next week, but that won't fix the dog.

So, as long as the dog is with us, the bikes would be parked.

It is a thought.

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Old 02-24-2012, 09:07 PM   #5
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If you still need the bike rack after your presentation you could consider this thread:
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...ack-34122.html
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Old 02-25-2012, 12:55 AM   #6
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Bike Racks RV Approved made by Swagman prices range from $199.00 to $140.00. The racks fit the Escape bumper bike reciever.
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Old 02-25-2012, 01:02 AM   #7
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Re: Bike Racks

I think I have to go with the type that the wheels sit in hoops, since the Old Bag wants one of those classic women's cruiser bikes and they don't have a standard crossbar to hang the bike from.

Anyway, I gave her her gift early, and she agrees we should wait a couple years to retirement and / or, for the dog to pop off.

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Old 02-25-2012, 01:16 AM   #8
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Check out Craigslist under "BIKES". Around here there are a few for sale each week under $100 and much less. I wouldn't pay $350 for any bike rack, but I'd want a reliable one like Thule, Yakima or Hollywood.
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Old 02-25-2012, 09:20 AM   #9
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Glenn, after owning (and selling at a huge loss) an expensive hitch mount one and various others, I have settled on a good Yakima roof rack, but as you said, I think I lose about 1 mpg when we have the bikes on it. But I can use it on our Corolla or the Tacoma and the bikes are never really in the way of anything. I never could feel comfortable with the bike hanging off the back of the trailer where I couldn't see them. I have enough trouble knowing when the rear of the trailer is safely past things.

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Old 02-25-2012, 11:43 AM   #10
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Check out Craigslist under "BIKES". Around here there are a few for sale each week under $100 and much less. I wouldn't pay $350 for any bike rack, but I'd want a reliable one like Thule, Yakima or Hollywood.
Yep.. we got a hefty bike rack off craigslist called "Bauer".. I never heard of it, yet it's rock solid and 'used' for 70$. fit's in the rear hitch receiver. We also have a roof rack (thule) on the car and I actually prefer the hitch rack, way easier to get the bikes off & on and once you're used to it (backing-up) it's perfect. Of course the roof rack allows for using it for other things like a cargo box or kayak..

But bikes.. I now like the hitch rack..
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Old 02-25-2012, 08:04 PM   #11
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Baglo:

Wikipedia says that angioplasty patients "are advised to avoid any type of lifting, babysitting grandchildren or other strenuous physical activity for a week." I hope you will take it easy after the procedure -- we want you to be around for a long time yet!

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I'm getting an angioplasty and stent next week, but that won't fix the dog.


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Old 02-25-2012, 09:27 PM   #12
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They haven't advised me of any of that.
Does that mean I take the rest of the week off?
Is a 355 ML can of beer too heavy to lift?

What if I balance it with another in my other fist?

The only thing I know about this is what I read on Wikipedia.

They aren't going up into the heart. It's over to my left leg. My brother-in-law had four stents installed last year and was sore for a while.

I guess I should ask.

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Old 02-25-2012, 09:58 PM   #13
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One beer in each hand should cancel each other out and be a perfect balance. Best of luck with your procedure, Glenn, I hope you don't get too sore.

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Old 02-26-2012, 11:36 AM   #14
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Same thought here!


I put a bike rack on 'Ping last summer. I am too cheap to pay big $$$ for an expensive rack so I found an inexpensivie one that seems half decent quality (paid about $100CDN or $100.34USD).

The problem with it or any other bumper mount rack is the bikes tend to obscure the brake lights of the Escape. You can still kinda see them through the spokes of the mounted bikes but ...

When 'Ping goes for upgrades next year, the extra tail lights above the rear window will be part of the retrofit.

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Old 03-08-2012, 12:15 AM   #15
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I'm the happy owner of a new to us 2009 19 foot escape. I was wondering how much weight the bike rack receiver will take? I was thinking of a Thule parkway 4bike and three mt bikes( maybe 75 pounds of bikes).
Anyone doing any thing like this?
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Old 03-08-2012, 12:21 AM   #16
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I don't think weight is an issue.
I have a steel 4' x 2' cargo rack mounted in mine. I think it weighs some. On top of that is an aluminum box about the same area and 18 inches high. Inside that are my tools ( axe, hatchet etc ), hoses, 5 liters of gas and miscellany.
And I stand on the box to wash the back of the trailer ( 165 lbs. ).

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If it is the hitch installed at the time of the trailer being built I believe it has a 300 lb. capacity. Check with Escape to verify.

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I'm the happy owner of a new to us 2009 19 foot escape. I was wondering how much weight the bike rack receiver will take? I was thinking of a Thule parkway 4bike and three mt bikes( maybe 75 pounds of bikes).
Anyone doing any thing like this?
I carried two bikes with a Thule rack on the rear of my 19' Escape without any problems at all. The Thule rack plugs into the optional Escape receiver. With two bikes and Thule rack on the rear of the Escape, the tongue weight is reduced by 40 pounds.
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Old 03-09-2012, 01:30 AM   #19
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I ordered our trailer "bike rack ready" - Reinforced for 500 lbs.
This allows my husband to take along his Suzuki 125 when he goes hunting.
This would probably allow for a mobility scooter as well - just remember you have to add
the weight of the rack too.
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I wonder if the fact that the escape came with the receiver means that it is "bike rack ready". And if that means 500 lbs?

LBaranyai, did you specify that you wanted to put a motorcycle on the back when you ordered your trailer? Or did you just order it bike rack ready?

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