Are you saying that you can't tell if a bike will fit inside a vehicle by the cubic inch specifications that a manufacturer lists on their website? And that you have to take a tape measure and go from dealership to dealership begging salesmen to unlock vehicles so you can measure the cargo areas so you can find out what the length and height of the cargo areas are?
Because if thats what your saying, your correct. No one ever lists the actual width, height and length of a cargo area. Not the manufacturer and even more puzzling not car reviewers either. All you ever get is cubic inches which is useless when trying to figure out is a specific sized cargo (bicycles) will fit.
P.S. as a tip check out the size of the door too as you have to get it in through that opening.
For people who have found that the safest way to transport a bike is inside the vehicle, the new slopping roofs on some of the newer SUVs is bad news.
Only if it is not a white bike.
But, for those with other than white bikes I did a "Google Search" and here is the response I found:
- Inside the Car -- One or maybe two bikes should fit in the back of a
4-door RAV4 with the rear seats folded up, more easily with the rear seats
removed. If you need to carry more stuff or require the back seats for
passengers, or if you have a 2-door RAV4, consider one of the
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Yes, one of my neighbors does it all the time. I think she must lay the seats down. I have a 4 runner and when I lay the seats down I don't have to take the wheel off.
I like to remove the front wheels and clamp the fork so the bike stays in place and upright. I really don't consider laying a bike on its side as an option unless it has an internal hub. Otherwise your just asking for shifting trouble because of a bent (or broken) derailuer mount.
If you wait an hour or two I'll go out and see if my 60 cm Merlin will fit in wife's 07 RAV 4. I'll try it with the back seats up first and then down. I'll try it with the bike upright and laying flat. I'll also give you measurements if you want them
I own a Toyota Rav 4, 2007 model. When the back seats are down, it definitely can fit a bike, even with the front tire on. There is room to spare but the bike has to be pushed all the way in.
We can easily put TWO bikes in the back of my wife's Prius, with the seats down! So shouldn't be any problem with a RAV 4.
A year ago I saw a guy who carries his recumbent trike in a hatchback Honda Civic. Only took off the rear wheel, too.
I've currently got a Durango that I just lay the bike down in, but I'm going to buy a new vehicle soon, and would like to have an interior retention system like yours.
And Garfield, when you say that your bike will fit, is that upright or laying down? I assume laying down. Even so, with my '98 Durango, I usually take off the front wheel when putting bike in back and I still need to have part of the second row of seats folded.
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I made the mount setup. I purchased the clamps and mounted them to a board which is attached to tie down bolts that Isuzu placed in the back. They are staggered so I can bring my MBT, my roadie and the folding city bike you see pictured on trips (the commuter stays home and watches my TV).
There are a lot of plusses to keeping a bike inside a vehicle but the best is you can leave the vehicle unattended and go off and do things without much worry. I also have a very visible cable lock so if someone spies the bikes inside they know it won't be an easy theft.
I have a '99 Rav 4 in my fleet and I guess I'd say it depends on the frame size and how you'd like to put it in (upright versus laying over). No problem with getting one in and laying it over on the non-drive side but you need to remove the back wheel and turn the front wheel 90 degrees to the frame. If you're wanting to stand it up my larger 62 frame will not sit upright because of the saddle. I'm sure with both wheels off it would sit upright but then you have the grease from the chain hitting the carpet....put down a vinyl mat.
That's one of the reason I continue to drive my van with 460,000 miles, I can just roll the bike in the back and bungee cord it to the side so it's always upright........and always with me!!!!
Which year RAV4 are you talking about? A new one? I believe the pre-2006 models were significantly smaller. I've looked over the small to midsized wagon/SUV market and feel the new RAV4 is one of the very best choices out there. Reliable, decent gas mileage, comfortable, and has a fair amount of room - especially if you remove (or not opt for) the third row of seating.
It should fit one way or the other. My slightly-compact LWB (wheelbase is approx 1500cm) recumbent fits (just barely) into my Acura Integra hatchback, with the front wheel removed & the seat laid back (on the bent), the rear seats folded & front seat leaning forward in the 'Teg. If the bike were 1" longer or even 1/2" taller, it wouldn't fit. Or if the seatback on the bent were 1" wider, the hatch wouldn't close.
So if I can get an extra-long, extra-wide bike into a small two-door sports coupe, you should be able to get a standard bike into a SUV.
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We have smaller cars over here- but went to a Race meeting once and one of the competitors turned up with his mate- And two MTB's across the back seat- The car was an austin mini- the original form.
I have what we call an MPV- Multi purpose vehice. 7 Seaters and the rear seats fold down Flat. Take the wheels off and I can get 3 bikes upright inside- across the car. Tandem I can get inside but Passenger seat has to go fully forward so that is normally transported on the roofrack.
Only problem I find is that bikes get dirty and I always manage to Get the geasy chain up against the Trim somewhere- So I prefer to carry the bikes on a Rear mounted rack.
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Sure, a small-enough bike in a large enough RAV4.
If you take off the front wheel you should not have difficulty fitting one bike with the rear seats folded down. If it were me buying the car, I'd take my bike to the dealership. The new RAV4 is larger than the older models, though.
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