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Old 04-28-2014, 02:38 PM   #1
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Bicycle Rack pros and cons

Going to purchase a bicycle rack, but don't know if we should get one that mounts on the ladder or one that mounts in the hitch. I see some hitch mounts need adapters in order to clear the bumper.

What type do you use? Sure would like opinions on what works well for the Redwood. We only need it for 2 bikes, and of course one is a ladies bike that has a slant bar (which may need an adapter depending on the rack purchased).

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Old 04-28-2014, 03:00 PM   #2
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We carry our bikes on a hitch mounted Yakima 2-Bike rack. No problems at all, very sturdy.

I considered using a ladder mounted rack but heard several negative comments so decided to go with the hitch mount.
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Old 04-28-2014, 03:12 PM   #3
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We have one that fits in the hitch receiver in the back. It is a bit "wobbly", but has worked. I would also like to know that else is available to replace it.
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Old 04-28-2014, 03:16 PM   #4
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Steve, ours doesn't wobble, there is a screw-type device that threads into the rack where you would put the rod thai secures the rack in the receiver. This tightens the rack in the receiver so there is virtually no movement...a great feature!!

I don't know if all Yakima hitches have this, ours does!!
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Old 04-28-2014, 03:33 PM   #5
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Yes, we tried two different ladder mounts and it was just SO much trouble to keep them from hitting the rv and was always worried about the weight on the ladder.... so a hitch mount is what we vote for !

Any of these will help the 'slack' in the hitch to receiver, but think you will be more pleased with a mount that secures both the wheels and the bars...
maybe like this?
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Old 04-28-2014, 03:39 PM   #6
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I just saw this from CW and on sale.
http://www.campingworld.com/browse/s...&utm_campaign=
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We don't have a bike rack (yet) but will go with a hitch mount. Adding weight to the ladder combined with the vibration going over the road I think would take its toll on the ladder and the end cap where the ladder mounts over time. This is the very reason they put that hitch on the back of these things IMO.
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Old 04-28-2014, 03:43 PM   #8
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One caution with hitch mount racks... many are made with a smaller [maybe 1"] mount, the receiver is 2" so if you get one with the smaller mount you'll have to get an adaptor. I also see this as weaker, I'd opt for one with the 2" mount.
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Old 04-28-2014, 03:51 PM   #9
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I use an older 2" receiver mount that screws in like Chuck's. I do shim it because I get some bounce up and down where the receiver is a bit larger than the rack, but only about 1/16".

This year it gets to carry two aluminum bikes instead of our old steel frame 10 speeders
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subdoc - your link doesn't work - is it the one I linked to Amazon for $149? (sometimes CW's sales are higher than others regular prices - gotta compare )
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