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Old 07-12-2020, 12:14 AM   #1
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Hello all, we are taking delivery of our 5.0 next week and heading out for the maiden voyage. We have 4 bikes to bring and I'm scrambling to find a solution. I know we can put maybe 3 on the back receiver, but where can I put the fourth? Is there room in the trailer or perhaps in the truck bed? I've never towed a fifth wheel and don't know about the clearance. We are towing with a f150 shortbox.


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Old 07-12-2020, 12:21 AM   #2
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I’d get a roof bike rack for your truck and put two up there and then two on the rear hitch.

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Old 07-12-2020, 12:41 AM   #3
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Yea, thought of that, but then if have to pick between kayaks and bikes. Is there room to wheel one wrapped in a quilt inside?
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Old 07-12-2020, 06:39 AM   #4
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I purchased folding bikes and they can go inside the trailer with an accessory bag.
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Old 07-12-2020, 08:23 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by cpaharley2008 View Post
I purchased folding bikes and they can go inside the trailer with an accessory bag.
Yup, folding bikes. We're serious cyclists. For example, on July 4th I rode my trike 82 miles on Minneapolis/Hennepin County's trail system while Terry took care of our year-old grandson. For us, forty miles is a nice start.

The quality of folding bikes has changed quite a bit over the years. The old folding bikes were good for perhaps 10 miles before you cramped up from the poor ergonomics. Many of our friends ride Bromptons, but for us their lack of handlebar adjustment is a no-go. Terry has a Tern e-bike, she either rides in Eco or off, that we had purchased to ride in Europe this summer (of course that was cancelled). Her Tern is extremely adjustable to provide great ergonomics. When folded it's about 150% the size of a Brompton, but comfort trumps size.

Terry's Tern easily fits in the back seat area of our F-150. You could probably put 8-10 Bromptons on the floor in a 5.0 TA.

Tern makes versions of their folding bikes for just about everyone, except hard-core MTB riding. Terry's Tern will handle a full set of touring panniers, front and back. Schwalbe's 2.15 Big Apple or Big Ben makes a 20" tire ride sweet with very little efficiency loss. If you're a fast road biker, you'd be surprised what Tern has to offer. Today's folders have come a long way!

OTOH, if you just want to carry bikes for shorter rides, and don't want the investment, the above information is worthless.

A standard bike or two should fit in the back of an extended cab pickup. When leaving Terry's Tern at home, we carry my trike in the pickup bed and her trike on a Hitchrider Rack on the back of the camper. Purchased that Hitchrider Rack 15 years ago and easily have 50-100,000 miles with a trike on the back.


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Old 07-12-2020, 04:04 PM   #6
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I carry four bikes, one being a tandem. At the cost of my bikes they will never hang off the back of my trailer. Putting three bikes back there is asking for problems. Anytime you add items to the inside or roof of your tow or the trailer you must run the calculations for gross combined weight rating. Even though I can tow 7,200 lbs I have to be careful what I carry. That sticker on the inside drivers door is your friend. Do not assume anything, run the calculations.
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Old 07-12-2020, 04:27 PM   #7
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Three bikes on the back will no doubt be over the 150 lb weight limit on the receiver. I just manage to fit my bike in bed behind the hitch, 6.5ft on on F150.

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