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Old 12-27-2014, 05:55 PM   #11
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I bought the 1UP USA rack, after it was mentioned here, and heard from Texscapees (Brad), who also bought one, plus a couple car top racks. I have used dozens of different racks, and this rack by far, is the best rack I have seen, or used. It is built better than any other rack out there, and installation of both the rack, and the bikes in it, are extremely quick. I tightens into the receiver with absolutely no movement allowed.

It is not the cheapest, nor the lightest available, but I am confident it is the best. I plan to do a full review on it next spring.


Originally Posted by padlin View Post
Any extra maintenance needed for bikes hauled around on a rack?
I know with the 19, and no front storage, I do have to be cautious with loading to ensure adequate tongue weight is maintained. As well, if I was to take one of my good bikes, I would use a cover to keep road dirt and mud off of them.

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Old 12-27-2014, 08:07 PM   #12
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Depending on the value of the bikes I would consider a bike bag to protect them. Think of your trailer back window after a trip, especially a wet trip. Without a bag I would spay them entirely with silicon. Skip foam, leather and plastic. Use a half a can of spray and reapply after it gets wet.

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Old 12-29-2014, 06:11 AM   #13
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Hi Bob,
I have driven many miles with two bikes on the back of our 17 & now our 5TA. THis is my first trip with the 5 but the setup is the same.
If you look through my posts you will see a few places where I've posted about the bikes, but also under "bike Rack" post #23 - I posted photo's.
We are currently on our way to Florida from Nova Scotia, and they are towing great, wouldn't know they were there, have not had to worry about them at all.
The rack isn't the same as you have though....
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Old 12-29-2014, 12:38 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by Chapitre View Post
..., but also under "bike Rack" post #23 - I posted photo's.....
Here's that post:
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