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Old 09-12-2016, 11:06 AM   #31
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Maybe is due to Google pics link. Will upload directly onto this site.

I thought pink was a fine color to highlight the text that I was talking about. I could edit it to red if any others object to it.
Friends of ours pretty much travel all the time with e-bikes with no problem. They used to just carry them on a bike rack on the back, but he has since built an aluminum locker (that he calls a garage) for the rear to house them, and many more goodies he has need to carry along.

Like Dave alluded too, they are way heavier, and you do have to spend a heck of a lot more to get quality bike components along with a good battery/motor system. My friend paid about $2,000 USD for his wife's and $2,600 for his. His is a full suspension mountain bike, and that sucker has to weigh nearly 70 lbs. BUT, they do the trick if you have trouble pedalling long distances, that's for sure. Who knows, I may end up going that way in 10+ years, but I will be looking for light weight.
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Old 09-12-2016, 11:40 AM   #32
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I have no problem with my 21 and the Swagman RV2 bike rack. I assume you have a "hanging" type of rack? The spare is welded on. Instead of messing around with that, get a new rack for $175.00 ( and then sell the 2" hitch attachment that you don't need on Craigslist=retail $45.00). I really like my bike rack.
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Old 09-12-2016, 10:27 PM   #33
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I'm a latecomer to this thread, but, having just now read all the posts, let me add my 3/4 cent:
We have hauled bikes on the back of cars and trailers a fair amount over the years. I have almost always taken the pedals that interfere with other things off and screwed them on facing inward. The threads are thus protected, and the pedals are out of the way, but not ever lost in the floor of the car or in a tool box. We haven't yet hauled them on the back of our Escape, but that's the plan, to avoid dinging the spare tire. All it takes is a 15mm open end wrench that's already in my tool box, and about 90 seconds per pedal.
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I'm a latecomer to this thread, but, having just now read all the posts, let me add my 3/4 cent:
We have hauled bikes on the back of cars and trailers a fair amount over the years. I have almost always taken the pedals that interfere with other things off and screwed them on facing inward. The threads are thus protected, and the pedals are out of the way, but not ever lost in the floor of the car or in a tool box. We haven't yet hauled them on the back of our Escape, but that's the plan, to avoid dinging the spare tire. All it takes is a 15mm open end wrench that's already in my tool box, and about 90 seconds per pedal.
That seems an easy fix, and far easier than messing with relocating the spare.

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Old 09-13-2016, 12:21 AM   #35
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I want the inboard crank arm, or barring that, the pedal against the spare.

For us it wasn't the issue of the pedals clearing the spare, it was the handlebar coming into contact with the back window on roads with severe bumps and frost heaves.

To clear the spare tire you can just reposition the bike or rotate the crank and the pedal clears, no need to remove it. I put the crank arm or pedal against the spare tire on purpose, so when we hit a big whoopie doo and the rack flexes there is no chance of the handle bar hitting the window. We've hauled our bikes thousands of miles on some very rough roads and my spare tire looks brand new, the cover not so much. For us it's cheap insurance. Scott

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Old 09-17-2016, 10:58 PM   #36
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Anyone travel with your bike(s) INSIDE the camper? That would solve a lot of the problems mentioned in earlier posts (bugs, road grime, wear and tear on spare tire cover, etc.). If so, how have you successfully stabilized/secured it/them to prevent damage to bike(s) and camper interior? Seems like one should be able to use one or both of the floor-mounted base plates for the table as a base or bases for mounting bicycle fork mounts for inside transport. Again, has anyone out there figured out a good way to carry bikes inside your camper rather than outside?
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Anyone travel with your bike(s) INSIDE the camper? That would solve a lot of the problems mentioned in earlier posts (bugs, road grime, wear and tear on spare tire cover, etc.).
This has been discussed a few times in FiberglassRV.com ... for those reasons and more:
  • load distribution - roughly in the middle instead of on one end of the trailer
  • security - less accessible for theft
  • doesn't increase trailer length (as a rear rack does) or risk interference with the tow vehicle (as a front rack may)
Of course there are disadvantages, too...
  • must be unloaded at each campsite
  • in the way if you want to get at something in the trailer or use the bathroom at stops while travelling
  • can be awkward to get bikes in door and into place
  • as with any location in or on the trailer, the bikes need to be transferred to some sort of rack on the tow vehicle is driving to a bike trail while leaving the trailer in camp

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If so, how have you successfully stabilized/secured it/them to prevent damage to bike(s) and camper interior? Seems like one should be able to use one or both of the floor-mounted base plates for the table as a base or bases for mounting bicycle fork mounts for inside transport...
I haven't heard of using the table pedestal base as an anchor (but most trailers discussed in FiberglassRV don't have that style of pedestal), but some sort of plate (typically plywood, fitted to the floor space between cabinets) with fork mounts is one solution.
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There are bike bags for travel that could be used inside the trailer. They can cost plenty though. You could make up something for much less.
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I use a folding bike, inside a bag in the truck bed and attach my foldup chairs to the table legs for transit, has worked perfectly for 4 years.
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Old 09-18-2016, 07:21 AM   #40
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Anyone travel with your bike(s) INSIDE the camper? That would solve a lot of the problems mentioned in earlier posts (bugs, road grime, wear and tear on spare tire cover, etc.). If so, how have you successfully stabilized/secured it/them to prevent damage to bike(s) and camper interior? Seems like one should be able to use one or both of the floor-mounted base plates for the table as a base or bases for mounting bicycle fork mounts for inside transport. Again, has anyone out there figured out a good way to carry bikes inside your camper rather than outside?
We are doing it this year with our temporary trailer, as there is no receiver on the back for a rack.

We love having our bikes along, but what a pain in the butt having them stowed inside. They are always in the way for quick stops, and must be kept very clean (tough to do mountain biking), and need to come out at every campsite.

So yes, it works, but I definitely would never use is as a permanent solution, I much prefer them out of the way on a bike rack, where they can be securely locked, and need only come off when needed.

I am of the mind that I do not like anything just hanging around in the trailer not properly stowed, boxes of stuff like booze or shoes, chairs, bikes, etc. These things all need to be stowed away inside the trailer somewhere, or in the tow vehicle. Not that we never have stuff in the aisles or an a bed, I just prefer not to.
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