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    Best vehicle for hauling bikes??

    What the best vehicle for hauling bikes? Small/mid size SUV with reasonable mileage?

    Right now I have a Freestar minivan that's great. I removed the seats and and can fit three bikes and three people. Big advantage here is that one doesn't have to take off the front tire on the bikes to get them in.

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    I have a Pontiac Vibe, same as Toyota Matrix. I have gotten 3 bikes in the back & I , also have a rear rack that fits in a hitch. MPG over has been 32.

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    Small truck. I made a simple 'rack' from 2x4's that sat in the bed and held up to 6 bikes under an aluminum cap, 1988 S10 4x4 27mpg.

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    I have an Oldsmobile Silhouette that could hold three bikes, but I only have on fork mount for it so far. I can put my tandem in with the front wheel removed and the fork clamped in place, but the rear is all the way to the front seats.
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    a pickup truck. Small, medium, large doesn't matter so much. I easily hauled six bikes, tandem included in the back of my small pickup. That is the way I like to haul several bikes.

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    My Matrix works well for my bike, I can keep the tires on while that bike is inside.

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    This subject looks familiar. What's wrong with your van ?

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    This is overkill:


    Beyond that, I find my Dodge Caravan carries my bikes very nicely. Since I'm carrying two long-wheelbase recumbents, I need a long cargo area. The Caravan swallows them with minimal dissassembly, and hides them from prying eyes. My wife drives a Matrix- were it not for the security issue, that and a small trailer would be perfect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Esteban32696 View Post
    I have a Pontiac Vibe, same as Toyota Matrix. I have gotten 3 bikes in the back & I , also have a rear rack that fits in a hitch. MPG over has been 32.
    +1. I've got a 2005 model Matrix. Love it. Perfect for bikes.
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    My bride and I have been having this very discussion. We have just started the process of searching for a replacement vehicle for one of our pickups, (probably mine ) The current front runner for use as a all around vehicle is the new 2010 Ford Transit van in the XLT trim. 22/25mpg fully loaded for around $23,000usd. It has the ability to haul 5 people, or tilt the rear seats forward and load up the 6'x5'x5' cargo area. I haven't determined how easy it will be to remove the seats for loaded hauling or if it is even possible. But so far it is the leading contender. The fact it has sliding doors on both sides, large rear cargo doors, and a low load deck height are all in the plus department.

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    You can force feed bikes into almost any car. I think that the key is to analyze your realistic needs and wants relative to traveling with your bikes.

    My wife and I bought a Honda Element a couple of years ago. We wanted a car that would:
    1. Fit inside our shorter-than-average garage.
    2. Carry our tandem on the inside.
    3. Not require removing any seats because we don't have a good place to store them.
    4. Allow the two of us to sit side-by-side in front.

    Lots of cars will do 3 out of 4, but the Element is the only car I looked at that would do all 4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garym1a2 View Post
    My Matrix works well for my bike, I can keep the tires on while that bike is inside.
    +1 on the Matrix. I can fit our two mountain bikes in the back when I don't have the hitch rack hooked up.

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    I forget how many bikes it was -- somewhere between 6 and 8, I think.


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    Scion xB! First gen, manual transmission, back seats removed. Two bikes fully assembled, no problem and the best part? 34 MPG

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    You can force feed bikes into almost any car. I think that the key is to analyze your realistic needs and wants relative to traveling with your bikes.

    My wife and I bought a Honda Element a couple of years ago. We wanted a car that would:
    1. Fit inside our shorter-than-average garage.
    2. Carry our tandem on the inside.
    3. Not require removing any seats because we don't have a good place to store them.
    4. Allow the two of us to sit side-by-side in front.

    Lots of cars will do 3 out of 4, but the Element is the only car I looked at that would do all 4.

    +1, a colleague of mine got an Element for his bikes and stuff. Quite pragmatic.

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    2001 Chevy S10, 27mpg....and a bunch of bikes. least that's what I use.

    Also, 2003 Mazda Tribute v6 4x4. fits 2 bikes, with 2 kayaks on the roof...alllll the way to Florida this summer 22mpg

    Also, Ford F-150 XL Fits several bikes under the shell, and....anything else. 15-18mpg.
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    Mazda5 fits it pretty well.

    I'm half tempted to sell my BMW 328i and take my wife's Mazda5

    what else you guys got? I also want an old Chevy pickup, Suburban or Blazer... something with a V8... and Slayer stickers
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    16 passenger van. You can take friends and pets too.

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