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patrick45 09-17-06 12:41 PM

Best Bike Rack for
 
I need advice on transporting our "comfort" bikes. I want the ability to transport them when: 1) We are in a truck with a 2" receiver and no cap but with a fifth wheel. 2) When we are in a Honda Pilot with a roof rack. If we put a 2" receiver on the Honda - we have to also do the transmission cooler etc to maintain the warranty. 3) When we are pulling a fifth wheel trailer with the truck. I have a Yakima rack for the crew cab.

I would prefer using one system if at all possibly. I can weld a receiver on the back bumper on the fifth wheeler but that still leaves the Honda out. Or I could put them on the roofs of the truck and pilot.

I am certain that I am missing a simple solution. Can you help me?

Pat

Digital Gee 09-17-06 01:11 PM

I have no advice, but I will say you have an awful lot of toys!!! :D

centexwoody 09-17-06 01:28 PM

why don't you just ride the bikes wherever you're going & hire someone to drive your vehicles?

dendawg 09-17-06 03:19 PM

Could you put a 1 1/4" reciever on the honda, get an adapter for the truck, and use a hitch rack?

patrick45 09-17-06 03:27 PM

The smaller receiver just be the solution. Maybe Honda will not require the t.c. for the smaller capacity hitch.

Do you know where to get an adapter?

Thanks also to Digital Gee and dendawg for the thoughtful consideration.:eek:

Digital Gee 09-17-06 04:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by patrick45
The smaller receiver just be the solution. Maybe Honda will not require the t.c. for the smaller capacity hitch.

Do you know where to get an adapter?

Thanks also to Digital Gee and dendawg for the thoughtful consideration.:eek:

All in fun, sir. Hoped you could take a joke! :)

George 09-17-06 04:45 PM

Patrick,I towed a lot of different things from my bikes to boats up to 6000# through mountains and most anywhere else and I would'nt think of putting a tranny cooler on just for your bikes.You would'nt have enough room in side the fifth-wheel would you?Good luck, George

ken cummings 09-17-06 05:28 PM

Truck as in pick-up truck? I run old inner tubes to the four corners of the pipe rack on my truck. Two to the handlebars and two to the seat post. Perfect. Back of the truck covered/full? Your bike or your stuff, a simple choice :D

Pompiere 09-18-06 06:11 AM

I am guessing that Honda wants the transmission cooler beause they have no control over what you might be putting in that 2" receiver. Like all those sockets that go back to Sears that "never" had a cheater bar used on them. The 1 1/4" hitch with the adapter may be the best solution. I would get the 1 1/4" bike rack and use the adapter on the truck receiver. The 1 1/4" hitch to 2" adapter will make the bike rack extend back pretty far.

patrick45 09-18-06 06:24 AM

Thank you Pompiere. Do you know where I might find these adapters?

garydhatch 09-18-06 07:25 AM

check with the maker of your bike rack for the addaptor or go to a welding shop and explain to them what you want to do and they can make what you need.

Pompiere 09-19-06 06:10 AM

I have seen some bike racks that include the adapter as part of the package.
Like this: http://www.etrailer.com/mm5/merchant...ory_Code=BR114
Or, a weld shop should be able to make one. The adapter is just a sleeve that fits inside the 2" receiver to reduce it down to 1 1/4".
Here's one: http://www.etrailer.com/mm5/merchant...tegory_Code=HA
For your fifth wheel, you can get a receiver to fit your rear bumper at any RV suppy.

bobkat 09-19-06 06:29 AM

I have a LWB bent that can be tough to carry because of the length. So I welded up my own rack that fits a standard 2 inch hitch behind my compact Toyota Tacoma. In fact, I built it over a hitch extender and still pull the camper (a light tent type camper) behind the pickup with two bikes on the hitch.
The suggestion of putting the 1 1/4 inch with an adapter (available everywhere) is a good one. Also put a 2 inch hitch on the back of the 5th wheel and that should solve your problem.
The only negative thing about putting your bike behind the 5th wheel would be mud thrown up on to it while drifing down a wet highway or wet gravel road. I did this last weekend and it took an hour to clean all the dirt from the bike.
My bikes drop into my rack so snug and nice they don't even have to be tied down. I'd post a picture, but I've never figured out how to do it yet. Maybe I can pem you.


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