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Posted: 12/17/20 04:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Check out Hollywood Racks RV Rider, designed for the RV. It's the one I purchased for our ebikes.





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Posted: 12/17/20 06:21pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

bikendan wrote:

Unless something has changed, Swagman is the only bike rack manufacturer that has racks approved for RV usage.


We have an RV-rated Yakima and are very happy with it...

Friends have/had a Swagman and lost a bike during a trip we were on together. Several hundred dollars worth of damage to the bike...

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I have the Swagman XC4 Bike rack. It replaced a generic 4 bike hanging style rack. I now wish I would've done it years ago. I will never go with anything but a platform rack. Swagman makes a very good product.


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Posted: 12/17/20 07:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thule Made in Sweden I think is very good quality. I use mine all the time. It is so solid I can use it to stand on going in and out the back door of my truck camper. It also has a built in tightening nut to stop the wiggles. It swings down when not in use.

I got an rv type bike rack for free and only had one single bar to hold the bikes. It was not right as the bikes would swing side to side. So I got the Thule and they all have two bars. Very high end with excellent quality stretch bands to hold the bikes. I would look at Thule.

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If you want to put the bikes on the front, you might consider the Jack-It.


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I just ordered a Kuat Transfer V2 2 bike carrier for the back of our Class C. I wanted a swing out type but no one seems to make them rated for RV's so I got the Kuat tilt for our two ebikes. It was about the only tilt carrier rated for RV use that I could find.


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covered wagon wrote:

Thule Made in Sweden I think is very good quality. I use mine all the time. It is so solid I can use it to stand on going in and out the back door of my truck camper. It also has a built in tightening nut to stop the wiggles. It swings down when not in use.

I got an rv type bike rack for free and only had one single bar to hold the bikes. It was not right as the bikes would swing side to side. So I got the Thule and they all have two bars. Very high end with excellent quality stretch bands to hold the bikes. I would look at Thule.


I second this. We have had a Thule T2 Classic 2 for 14 years and have carried two bikes on it behind our 5er with no problem. Well worth the money. Best product out there.


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I guess a tilt works for a class C. No good at all for a B where access to the rear doors is a must so a full swing one is all that really works. Ours may not be “RV rated” but it’s a 4 bike rack that only ever carries 2 bikes so I’m not the least bit concerned. Actually I don’t think much of the RV rated designation. The rack has a built in no wobble receiver tightening system and the bikes each have multiple ratchet straps. Nothing moves anywhere, so I don’t think it would make a difference in engineering dynamics what vehicle it was installed on.

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I believe what makes a rack RV rated is that it does not have a hinge at the back. So, an SUV rack, has a hinge to move out of the way when you open the tailgate. This hinge is a week point. When your RV bounces, more than a typical car or truck, that puts extra stress on the rack, especially with heavy bikes. The Yakima rack has a solid hinge (or lack there of) so it can not brake at that point. I've seen many types driving down the road, but so far my experience is good with the Yakima rack on the back of a 5th wheel.

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Posted: 12/19/20 10:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That CURT 18085 is just not what a bike enthusiast would use. You want the kind that does have a tray, but where the arms hold the tires and only the tires, not the frame. One thing in common to all bikes is they have a front wheel and a rear wheel, so tire "arms" will hold any bike.
That sad guy who worked at a bike shop for 30 years, demonstrates that don't trust everyone who works there. No, is not "elitist" to recommend a quality rack over a junky one. Good racks are good racks, bad ones are bad. My "resume" far exceeds that forum poster guy and my advice is to look for the best rack for the money you are wanting to spend.
I have seen a lot of junky bike racks doing poorly at their job on the back of RVs, and have seen quality ones. Even if you have a $12 walmark bike a good quality rack will still be more enjoyable and easier to use and much more functional.

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