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Old 07-31-2016, 05:49 AM   #11
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Your license plate needs to be visible at all times as well as your tail lights, regardless if you have more than one set. I see a possible ticket situation using the cover if the trooper is having a bad day...
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Old 07-31-2016, 08:11 AM   #12
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Isn't this the purpose of the 2nd set of tail lights?
Yes. We have this cover two, and wouldn't consider using it without the second set of tail lights.
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Old 07-31-2016, 08:17 AM   #13
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I had 2 bikes on the back of my vehicle and the license plate was just obscured. And was ticketed by the local PD for it. There is a requirement in Florida that the plates be visible and legible 100 feet to the rear. I wonder if there is a way to mount the plate high under one of the upper brake lights . It also would require a license plate light so the plate is visible at night.
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I had 2 bikes on the back of my vehicle and the license plate was just obscured. And was ticketed by the local PD for it. There is a requirement in Florida that the plates be visible and legible 100 feet to the rear. I wonder if there is a way to mount the plate high under one of the upper brake lights . It also would require a license plate light so the plate is visible at night.
If your worried about your trailer plate being visible: https://www.1upusa.com/product-plateholder.html

You can use it with the cover, however you have to put four small holes through the cover to attach the plate holder and it makes taking the cover completely off the rack rather tedious. On road trips if using the bikes at camp we tend to leave the cover attached and just leave it draped over the rack.

We even use the plate holder without the cover on our other vehicles. (Especially after having a Hefeweizen after a long snow ride on the fat bikes). Scott

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Old 07-31-2016, 01:21 PM   #15
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I got this one for only $26, and am very happy with it:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 01-30-2017, 01:28 PM   #16
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We are starting our preparations for a long several month trip out West. We have a Kuat two bike hitch rack like: Kuat NV 2.0 Bike Hitch Rack | Backcountry.com and are very satisfied with it though the bikes get grubby when traveling. We are looking for a two-bike cover that will work for bikes that SITon the rack. Ideally, I would like to find a cover that covers the bikes AND the rack, enclosing the lot. This Kuat that we have measures 28" from front (back of trailer ) to back. If the bike vise is removed, it measures 22" front to back. Has anyone had experience with a cover that would do this? Our limited experience is with covers that work with racks that the bikes only hang from. Any suggestions?
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We are starting our preparations for a long several month trip out West.
Yay! The Eddys are coming to the rally again this year (I hope).
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Old 01-30-2017, 01:45 PM   #18
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We are starting our preparations for a long several month trip out West. We have a Kuat two bike hitch rack like: Kuat NV 2.0 Bike Hitch Rack | Backcountry.com and are very satisfied with it though the bikes get grubby when traveling. We are looking for a two-bike cover that will work for bikes that SITon the rack. Ideally, I would like to find a cover that covers the bikes AND the rack, enclosing the lot. This Kuat that we have measures 28" from front (back of trailer ) to back. If the bike vise is removed, it measures 22" front to back. Has anyone had experience with a cover that would do this? Our limited experience is with covers that work with racks that the bikes only hang from. Any suggestions?
As recommend by another Escape owner from Alaska, Scott I believe it was, I go this bike cover. Used it last summer and it worked great.

Dual Bike Rack Cover Fit Up 1-2 Bicycles W/large Translucent Ends

I use it with the 1UP USA dual bike rack which was also highly recommended by the same Escape owner. Love both the cover and the rack.

They have 2 different dual bike covers. One for $40 and one for $46. The $40 one says the bikes have to face the same direction on the rack. The $46 for bikes facing same or opposite direction, that is why I chose the $46 one.
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We had purchased this cover before and on their website they show a depth of 18" front to back. Not enough space for the Kuat I feel. What is the make of your rack that it fits? Is it a sit on rack?
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We had purchased this cover before and on their website they show a depth of 18" front to back. Not enough space for the Kuat I feel. What is the make of your rack that it fits? Is it a sit on rack?
https://www.1upusa.com/bicycleracks.html

I have the heavy duty double bike rack, sit on rack, as shown in above link. The centre line spacing between the two tracks that the bikes sit on is about 10".

There was ample material in the Formosa cover to completely encapsulate the bottom of the bikes and the rack support arm. The bottom of the cover is rounded not square seams.

Looks like the Kuat spacing is about the same, 11.5", but the entire Kuat base is about 23" at the centre support arm? Depending on the height of the bikes, it may indeed be a tight fit. Too bad you can't try one out without having to order one on-line.

I would be tempted to say get one and try it out with the Kuat. If it works, it is a good solid cover. If the bikes are not too tall or if you can lower the handle bars or turn them 90 degrees, that would give more room for the cover to fit around the base support of the rack?? Hopefully some other owners will contribute with their experiences with alternate bike covers.
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