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Old 03-30-2015, 04:04 PM   #1
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Yakima bike rack busts - not covered!

I purchased the Yakima FullTilt 4 ($400) in June '14 and placed it on the RV with 3 bikes.

Two days ago we drove East on I-10 to Bay St. Louis, MS. On the way, the Yakima rack broke off and the bikes were lost!

I called Yakima today and once they understood that the rack was on the RV they said they would not cover any loss. They said "None of the Yakima racks should be installed on a RV" - reason being that the suspension was so different from a vehicle.

I checked the docs that came w/ the rack and it does indeed say not to install on RV.

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Old 03-30-2015, 04:33 PM   #2
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Sorry to hear that happened, but, Yes, most of them say that in the small print - why I returned mine !
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WOW! That could be expensive. We just bought new bikes and they ended up being $1000.00 each which really surprised me.
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Old 03-30-2015, 06:14 PM   #4
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Ya I noticed that disclaimer after I bought mine.
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:22 PM   #5
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Really sucks to loose your bikes! Sorry to hear of your loss! I'll have to do a more thorough inspection on our rack before each trip
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:27 PM   #6
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Yes, that long overhand and the leverage and bounce and twisting EVERY bump...

I used about $200 worth of bungies on ours when we went from DFW to hilton head and back... and they STILL danced around according to those following us!
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Old 03-30-2015, 09:08 PM   #7
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XC Hitch or Bumper Mount Rack - Swagman 64663 - Bike Racks - Camping World

This is the kind I have and we've traveled many thousands of miles with it.
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Old 03-30-2015, 09:25 PM   #8
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x2 I have the same rack only mine goes straight into the hitch. Has traveled with 2 bikes for more than 13k miles so far without any problems. Very easy to put bikes on and off too.
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Old 03-30-2015, 11:03 PM   #9
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My Rhino brand rack also has the no RV disclaimer. This unit has the bike wheels in trays. I haven't traveled with it yet.

With my factory installed backup camera, I will be able to check how much the rack is swaying. I may have to add more tie downs.
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Old 03-31-2015, 02:37 AM   #10
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Wow, Barton! So sorry to hear that happen to your bike rack and bikes! Even now, having to replace them all is going to be a tough job. We wish you luck!

We ended up purchasing one that is "Not RV approved", also; but the reviews were really quite great. Contacted the company to find out if they were okay for a RV and they said no. They were concerned about liability issues.
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