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Old 03-09-2012, 10:12 PM   #21
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Re: Bike Racks

Happy Family, You will be OK with the bike rack. The receiver for the bike rack is welded to the frame. Our 19.6 Trailer are built tough and strong.
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Old 03-16-2012, 12:02 AM   #22
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Re: Bike Racks

Yes, I ordered bike rack ready but had to specify re-enforced for 500 lbs.
Tammy told me that "bike rack ready" just meant it had the receiver.
The receiver alone wouldn't have been adequate for the weight of the rack plus the motorcycle.
Don't know if this has changed since we ordered.

My husband took it on it's first trip the day after we picked it up at Escape. He drove from the coast to the Interior to hunt
and didn't notice any difference in driving with the bike on the back.
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Old 05-25-2012, 10:03 PM   #23
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Re: Bike Racks

...so, regarding the size of the receiver, I don't see any discussion, so I assume that they are "standard?"
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Old 05-26-2012, 09:13 AM   #24
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Yes standard class III linear hitch dimensions.. Just non standard for class 3 carrying capacity. Just also consider that the trailer spare tire is back there so just like SUV's with rear mounted spares you'll need a rack with a fair amount of reach out to clear the spare when bikes (and their pedals and handle bars) are loaded across the back.
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Old 05-26-2012, 10:18 AM   #25
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Yes, thank you! My rack is the kind that bolts onto the trailer hitch where the ball would otherwise go. So, hopefully if I got a hitch with a longer reach (I believe I have seen these), the rack and bikes would clear the trailer spare.
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Old 05-31-2012, 01:50 AM   #26
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We do not have our trailer yet. We are going with "bike rack ready". Good to hear some of these issues now, so we can be more prepared.
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Old 06-17-2012, 12:44 PM   #27
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I was wondering if anybody has put a bike rack between the tow vehicle hitch and the front of the escape trailer. I've been researching options for carrying up to four bikes. I have a Toyota Highlander, and will be picking up my new escape 19' in late July. I hesitate to buy a rack for the rear of the trailer, as I would prefer not to create an even longer rig than I will already have. There is an adapter from etrailer (http://www.etrailer.com/Ball-Mounts/Curt/D210.html) which will take a hitch-mounted bike rack between the TV and the trailer. Apparently, the main issue is to ensure you have enough space between the bikes and the front of the trailer, so that when you turn, the bikes don't hit the trailer. Does anyone have experience with such a setup?
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Old 06-17-2012, 03:25 PM   #28
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Re: Bike Racks

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We do not have our trailer yet. We are going with "bike rack ready". Good to hear some of these issues now, so we can be more prepared.
Gbaglo, have you seen the movie "forks over knives"?
I haven't. As I often say, "The last movie I saw was 'There's Something About Mary'.
And, there wasn't.

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Old 06-18-2012, 12:45 AM   #29
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stevy,

I also have a Toyota Highlander and a 19 Escape. I carry two bikes on the rear of the Escape without any problems. The tongue weight went down by 40 pounds with the 2 bikes and a Thule rack.

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Old 06-18-2012, 08:35 AM   #30
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I was wondering if anybody has put a bike rack between the tow vehicle hitch and the front of the escape trailer. I've been researching options for carrying up to four bikes. I have a Toyota Highlander, and will be picking up my new escape 19' in late July. I hesitate to buy a rack for the rear of the trailer, as I would prefer not to create an even longer rig than I will already have. There is an adapter from etrailer (http://www.etrailer.com/Ball-Mounts/Curt/D210.html) which will take a hitch-mounted bike rack between the TV and the trailer. Apparently, the main issue is to ensure you have enough space between the bikes and the front of the trailer, so that when you turn, the bikes don't hit the trailer. Does anyone have experience with such a setup?
Those dual purpose stingers reduce your capacity to tow. I'd wait until I get the 19' and load it up and weigh the tongue weight, then see if you can find an adapter that still can carry your trailer safely. If you read the specs on the one pictured, your tongue weight limit is 400#, again an unknown # until your weigh your trailer ready to camp in condition.
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Old 06-22-2012, 04:46 PM   #31
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Thanks for your replies. I think I"ll have to wait until I get the trailer before I can sort out the bike rack situation. For this summer, I actually only need to bring one bike along (my own), and so I might even put it on the roof of the highlander. That will give me time to sort out the best multi-bike carrier for my new rig.
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Old 06-22-2012, 06:36 PM   #32
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Re: Bike Racks

You also need to worry about the turning radius.. make sure that the bike wont hit the back of the tow vehicle on tight turns or backing up..
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:17 PM   #33
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Rick,
Which Thule rack did you buy?
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Old 07-06-2013, 09:30 PM   #34
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Which Thule rack did you buy?
It's a Thule Parkway model 2-bike rack.

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Old 07-13-2013, 01:55 PM   #35
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How do you like it? Is it the 11/4 with a 2 " adapter? Does it move a lot? Do you have enough room with the spare tire? Thanks Chapi
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Old 07-13-2013, 05:30 PM   #36
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Chapi, it's the Parkway model for the 2" receiver. No adapter is needed/required. Here's a link to it:

Thule Parkway 2-Bike Hitch Rack at REI.com
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Old 07-13-2013, 06:51 PM   #37
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Forgot to add, there is no problem with the spare tire and the bike rack.
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:38 AM   #38
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Has anyone used the Thule T2 XTR 2" on the back of the trailer , 2 bike model? How sis you find it? Was there enough clearance?
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:51 AM   #39
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I was looking at the Thule T2 in the store, and it really doesn't look like it extends far enough with the tire mounted, and would need an extension. Really nice bike rack though.
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:23 AM   #40
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I use a similar rack, The NV | Küat, and there is plenty of room for it behind the tire.

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