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Old 05-05-2014, 12:55 PM   #1
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Just working on the build sheet for my 17b and am wondering if anyone has had any issues with the bike hitch on the Escape? Also when if comes to a bike rack (for 2 bikes), any specific things I should be looking for? My experience is limited to a bike rack on top of a tent trailer. Thanks!
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Old 05-05-2014, 01:35 PM   #2
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Most folks who opt for the bike racks will add the extra trail lights above or beside the rear window. My 19 at night looks like the rear end of a semi.
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Old 05-05-2014, 01:56 PM   #3
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Compared to a rack mounted over the axle (such as the one on top of a tent trailer), the rear-mounted rack tends to get bounced around more; the rack should be up to this severe service and hold the bikes quite securely.
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Old 05-05-2014, 03:48 PM   #4
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Just working on the build sheet for my 17b and am wondering if anyone has had any issues with the bike hitch on the Escape? Also when if comes to a bike rack (for 2 bikes), any specific things I should be looking for? My experience is limited to a bike rack on top of a tent trailer. Thanks!
Your VERY MUCH more likely to experience problems with the bike rack you select and use then a class 3 sized receiver hitch welded to the trailer frame. Make sure the rack chosen is as robust and rigid as possible, carry as few bikes as possible, choose racks that have additional mechanical methods (bolts/shims) of preventing rack wobble when inserted in the receiver.
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Old 05-05-2014, 05:53 PM   #5
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this is how im going to solve some of the rack wooble

022.JPG i plan on welding additional tubing on the bottom of my rack for more attachment points.
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Old 05-07-2014, 11:09 AM   #6
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And don't use cable locks to secure the bike. Mine was stolen and the cable lock was cut clean.
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Old 05-07-2014, 11:17 AM   #7
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If its a nice bike and is visable to a thief, they will take it ,lock or no lock. All the lock does is thwart the honest thieves
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Old 05-07-2014, 02:05 PM   #8
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And use a receiver pin lock as well, so thieves just can't take the entire rig and cut off the cable or U-lock at their convenience.
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Old 05-07-2014, 02:26 PM   #9
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Your best option is a Thule T2 or a kuat nv rack. Both hold the bikes by the tires and are extremely rugged. I have had my T2 since 2005 and have used it on long offroad drives without issue. Stay away from those rack that you hang your bike on since they will swing all over the place. The T2 and Kuat also have a screw in pin so side to side wobble is not an issue.
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Old 05-07-2014, 03:34 PM   #10
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Is there more sway to the hanging style if you bungie the bikes to the upright? Mine has the bolt vs the pin.
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