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Looking for input.  RAM 3500 w/5th wheel so no room for bikes to be upright in the truck bed.

A::: If you have FOLDING bikes what brands/model?   Pros & cons please?

B::: Anyone have a rack for front mounting on pickup truck for traditional bikes?

I had never heard of this til "AStreaminLife".  He seems to swear by it. 

 

MUCH thanks!

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20 minutes ago, RV Hooligans said:

Anyone have a rack for front mounting on pickup truck for traditional bikes?

I had a 2" front receiver put on my Chevy 2500. It would accept a wide variety of accessories including bike racks, winch plate, cargo platform and ball mount. Some folks worry about decreasing the air flow to the radiator and trans cooler by putting bikes on the front. I think this is more of a concern if you cover the bikes than if it is just the bike frame and tires. You do need to make sure that anything on the front does not interfere with the headlights just as anything on the rear should not interfere with the visibility of the tail lights.

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We have a receiver hitch on the back of the 5th wheel.  It works great for a bike rack and I also have a covered carrier that I put in it every now and then when I want to haul some firewood or my portable generator.

I have also seen 5th wheel owners weld a receiver to the king pin box and install a bike rack in front of the 5th wheel over the pick up bed.  This would most likely require that your pick up have a long bed to allow clearance for turning.

Finally, I have seen a number of roof mounted bike racks on top of the pick up.

Personally, I prefer the receiver at the back of the 5th wheel as the bikes stay the cleanest there (don’t get covered in bug splatter).

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We had two folding bikes from Dahon when we first went on the road. We kept them for about 8 or 9 years and used them quite a bit. The biggest negative for them in my opinion is that with the small diameter wheels they tend to be very unstable if you get off of paved roads. I changed mine out for a full size bike because of that.  Here us a review of the 4 best folders if you are interested.

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We have run a front carrier for our bikes since 1974. They are just simple bikes and will get road cruddy. But so easy to get on and off. The carrier also serves as a tie down point for our kayaks mounted on the roof.

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I also have a front hitch on the truck and use a Swagman Escapee bike rack which is RV rated, pleased with them both. https://www.swagman.net/product/escapee/  The Swagman doesn't use a pin through the receiver but uses a bolt/pin combination, 15/16 hex head with a lock at the other end similar to other locking pins, and the hole through it is threaded. This creates a very solid connection between hitch & rack with no slop or wiggle whatsoever. Of course the bikes have weight and with motion have momentum, but that's it. It's all very solid. If I ever obtain a trailer with a hitch out back I may use it but at this point I am not concerned with that at all, being so satisfied with the front mount. I'm aware of the gyro affect Kirk alluded to that the smaller wheels have on two wheelers which is why I'll have a full size bike with, at the very minimum, 20" wheels (26" currently on my Townie, my favorite push bike of all time). Even when looking at scooters I only focused on those with 15" - 17" tires for the inherent stability (Aprilia among others in the 250cc and under class). So my vote is for option B in the original post for the comfort of a full size bike, the under 30 seconds each for two bikes for putting on/taking off/ready to ride, and the non-effect this set up has on available storage within the truck & trailer.

     Spot

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We finally went with a pair of folding bikes that easily fold into a compact shape.  Look at Zizzo bikes.  We use the Forte model.  While not a full size bike, they are adequate for a few miles around the campground and some hard packed trails.

Ken

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We had a two inch hitch on the back of our 5th wheels. We had a couple of not real expensive mountain bikes that we carried around for years lashed them  down securely and never had a problem.In our younger days we were bike riders but not avid. We had a swagman bike rack very similar to the one pictured on a post above. IMO bike riding is great all around exercise.

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go down to a quality bike store. buy a full sprung bike. (you will understand with in a mile of riding it),  yes money gets you a very light bike. under 20 pounds. a wally wourld bike can top out over 40 pounds.

but during travel keep them inside the coach. at camp well locked up. or again inside. as good bikes tend to roll away.

but never off the back bumper, far too much bouncing, will destroy any bike. and can fall off and you would not know about it. there are special bike racks for the tops of trucks. still lower than the top of your rv. or cross bed on top of the extra fuel tank.

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On 7/12/2019 at 4:44 PM, RV Hooligans said:

Looking for input.  RAM 3500 w/5th wheel so no room for bikes to be upright in the truck bed.

 

B: Anyone have a rack for front mounting on pickup truck for traditional bikes?

Put in your truck's info @ this website, I randomly put in a '17 Ram 350 and got this

https://www.etrailer.com/Front-Hitch/Ram/3500/2017/C31067.html?vehicleID=201764864

I put a Curt on my truck that's not a Ram and it's a straight forward bolt on using existing holes, their hitches are model & year specific. Ordered from etrailer.com on a Tuesday and was using the bikes on it on Friday.

     Spot

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I have a Curt front hitch. Paid $75 to have it installed.  I had two installed....the first actually cut the power steering lines on rough roads after two or three years....when I complained to Curt they did send a free replacement hitch....they thought all the installers caught the mistake. Mine didn't, so I was out the power steering repair.  Check tolerances!!!  

Then a Yakima front rack....http://usbackroads.blogspot.com/2012/08/usbackroads-product-yakima-holdup-bike.html

Our local RV dealer recommended AGAINST a bike rack on the rear of the 5th wheel, particularly one that is ladder mount. At that end, things move a LOT MORE than up front.  We did have issues mounting a hitch to our Carriage 5th wheel. Front hitch is a pretty simple easy solution.

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