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Old 10-23-2017, 06:35 AM   #1
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Recumbent trike rack

I just bought a recumbent tadpole trike. I want to carry it behind my Escape. I have been unable to find a rack that is for use behind an RV. Does anyone know of a rack I can use for my trike? Is anyone using a rack that is not specified for use on a trailer? I donít understand why a hitch mounted rack would be much different behind the trailer than a car.

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Old 10-23-2017, 07:25 AM   #2
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I just bought a recumbent tadpole trike. I want to carry it behind my Escape. I have been unable to find a rack that is for use behind an RV. Does anyone know of a rack I can use for my trike? Is anyone using a rack that is not specified for use on a trailer? I donít understand why a hitch mounted rack would be much different behind the trailer than a car. Thanks
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Mitzi, I'm confused regarding your confusion. It's a standard 2" x 2" box hitch just like on a car, so unless I'm missing something, if you have a car bike rack that works for your trike, you should just be able to put it on your camper (albeit the spare tire might necessitate an extension). What am I missing?
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Old 10-23-2017, 07:29 AM   #3
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I'd guess she's looking for a rack rated for an RV, which most are not.
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Old 10-23-2017, 07:40 AM   #4
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Lots of 1Up USA bike racks out there on the back end of RVs. https://www.1up-usa.com/ Tray style, all metal construction (no plastic parts). For RVs, they recommend using their 2" models only (not the 1 1/4") and limit add-on models to 2 bikes (do not extend to 3 or more bikes). We have the 2" Super Duty Single (but expandable). Great rack.
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Old 10-23-2017, 07:46 AM   #5
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I just bought a recumbent tadpole trike. I want to carry it behind my Escape. I have been unable to find a rack that is for use behind an RV. Does anyone know of a rack I can use for my trike? Is anyone using a rack that is not specified for use on a trailer? I don’t understand why a hitch mounted rack would be much different behind the trailer than a car.

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The forces exerted on a rack behind a trailer are considerably higher than the ones behind a car or truck. Racks designed to go behind a trailer are stronger and will say that they are rated for trailer use. There are only a few trailer rated racks and the ones available are designed for regular bicycles, we never found a recumbent trike rack rated for the rear of a trailer. That has not stopped people from using them but you are taking a chance.

We looked several times over the years for one. I sold it before we purchased our Escape so we stopped looking. Cargo carriers look promising there are heavy duty models you might be able to convert to carrying a recumbent.

You might have better luck looking for one that can be mounted to the top of your tow vehicle
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Old 10-23-2017, 08:02 AM   #6
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When we had the trike I used to put it in the back of the truck when we brought it along.
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The forces exerted on a rack behind a trailer are considerably higher than the ones behind a car or truck.
Where can I read up on the differences in the forces for behind the trailer v behind the truck?

Any links to that information would be appreciated.
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Old 10-23-2017, 08:21 AM   #8
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My bad! I've seen several recumbent bikes at campgrounds and, for some reason, I assumed they would collapse or fold to a flatter profile for transport. But if the frame, including the wide wheel profile, is rigid, then now I'm curious how those folks transport theirs. I guess I need to start waving them down and asking.
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Recumbent trike assembly - I wish I could work as fast as this guy!
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We just bought two ICE Adventure recumbent trikes. We specifically got ones that fold up and then both fit inside the Highlander with space leftover.
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