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Old 10-20-2014, 04:48 PM   #1
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Bike Racks

Anybody using either of the following platform style bike racks on the Redwood hitch? I'm curious about clearance from the back ladder and rear clip on the Redwood with the bikes. I would hate to add a wobbly extension.

Yakima Holdup

http://www.amazon.com/Yakima-Product...=yakima+holdup

Thule T2

http://www.amazon.com/Thule-916XT-2-...words=thule+t2
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Old 10-20-2014, 05:04 PM   #2
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I had to get this from amazon when I tried the bike rack.

The rack was fine, but the bike handles would hit the ladder and cap on our 38gk...

but still even with 2 locking hitch pins I had to secure the bikes with a web of bungee cords as they vibrated so much on that LONG fulcrum behind the rw rear wheels I was worried about metal fatigue !!!
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Old 10-20-2014, 05:34 PM   #3
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We've got a 38RL and have the Thule rack. After about 3000 Kilometers, No problems at all with bikes and rear of unit. I had to move my licence plate to the ladder. Use caution when cranking down the strap lever that locks the wheel to the channel. I had broke the lever because my first attempt was a little too snug
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Old 10-20-2014, 05:43 PM   #4
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I've got the Swagman with an extension. Bought the Hitch Clamp Heavy Duty for the extension. Doesn't move around, have two bikes on it generally. Have about 3k miles using it so far. One of the simplest to use and with the extension, no chance of the bikes hitting the back of the rig.
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Old 10-20-2014, 06:34 PM   #5
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Oh cool, thanks folks. I never heard of those hitch tightener gadgets until now! The racks have some times of tightener, (the Kuat is really cool), but I was worried about the extension.
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Old 10-20-2014, 09:13 PM   #6
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I have a 36 RE and the Thule. I do not need an extension on the hitch as I have plenty of clearance with our mountain bikes. I did find you need to run straps from the end of the carrier bars to the Redwood, as the carrier moves flops a bit on a rough road.
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Old 10-20-2014, 09:25 PM   #7
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I use the holdup and love it. I've had mine for about 6 years now, love the peace of mind I get with it, no movement of the bikes when mounted and it works with all frame styles easily.
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Old 10-20-2014, 10:37 PM   #8
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Brad, you can also buy a locking hitch pin that tightens internally, I found them at a uhaul dealer. I have also shimmed with a flat washer before tightening everything down.
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Brad, try finding a rack for this!! I had to "southern engineer" a motorcycle carrier, but it works great.
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Old 10-21-2014, 01:17 AM   #10
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Thanks All,

I think I found a deal on the Holdup - after all it comes with a built in beer opener!



I won't even bring the bikes, just a place to set the cooler and open the beer! Better than an outside kitchen

Danny, I love your tandem and Dory has seen your picture before somewhere. We are actually looking at that as an alternative when our daughter goes if I can get her to ride a tandem (handicapped).
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