I have searched and do not see anything to my liking. I do have an enclosed trailer but in an instance on just wanting to throw the bike(s) on the truck or suv and protect them from theft and the elements. I don't want to have over 10k in bikes sitting on the back of my truck in the middle of the lot when I want to stop by the store to pick something up. I do see there are several large looking hitch mounted boxes (meant for traveling/storage) used for storage on the back of a motor home. I would like something stylish and functional. I already have several hitch type mounts but the idea is to protect my investment from the elements and the bad guys.
something that is legal (lights and must be able to mount my license plate)
a stand alone security system and lockable
to be used year round and will protect my bikes from the elements
hold two mountain/road bikes
Wondering if some of you out there have made your own? if so how.
I am thinking about an aluminum frame with fiberglass enclosure. I want the fiberglass enclosure to maintain the lines of my vehicle.
flush mounted oem style lighting with a third brake light. Painted the same color as the vehicle. a stand alone security system, with pager and GPS. Lockable is a must! No touch frame mounting (thinking Saris Pro mounting inside the enclosure), my bikes are carbon. I am thinking about an enclosure that lifts upward and to the left. I am thinking the whole assembly will weight 70-80 pounds with a small battery (lighting and charging will come from the vehicle power). I am also considering adding an electric actuator that will lift and lock the enclosure to the lower hitch mount (that will add around 15-20 pounds to the already heavy rack. Anyone have any input it would be greatly appreciated. Your pictures would be a plus. I am guessing that a custom build would be around 2,500.00 plus materials