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Old 11-21-13, 08:55 PM   #1
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RV travel with bikes

For much of the year I live in a motorhome. We travel with five to six bicycles. My problem is twofold. One is storing them as we travel and the other is storage when we are stopped. I keep my good, carbon fiber bike inside. The issue is the remaining bikes, which are either steel or aluminum. We have traveled with a couple inside our compact car and a couple off the ladder on the rear of the bus. I really don't like having any outside. And when we stop there isn't a good way to store them. I keep them covered but moisture always seems to get on them anyway. And, I am not good about covering during the day when I might be on and off a bike. My most used utility bike is sunbleached and goes through chains and cables too quickly.

We have a big bin in the motorhome that looks like this:

The bin door is 42 inches wide. The bin goes the width of the bus (108 inches) but the height is limiting. With the pull out shelf and shelf above there is only 19.25 inches of vertical space. We could increase that to about 27 inches if the shelves were removed. That is not high enough to stand up bikes. So, I am trying to figure out another way to get a two or three bikes in there. We have taken them apart and put them in but that is tedious. One thing I though about was stacking them on a shelf. Pedals would have to be removed and I might get quick release pedals. Handlebars might be iffy too.

Any thoughts on this?

Any other ideas on storage? I guess we could break things down when we are traveling and figure out another storage option when we are stopped.

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Old 11-22-13, 12:16 AM   #2
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What about storing them under the bed? Most RVs (coaches, actually) have the main bed on a platform that lifts up on a hinge and the compartment goes all the way to the "basement". There should be enough space to stand them up (depending on how your "basement" is configured), but getting them in and out might be a problem.
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Looks like you could put a piece of foam down, lay one bike down, put another layer of foam on top of the bike, then lay the second bike down oriented in such a way that the the bars and pedals don't stack. That's basically what I do in the back of my SUV using moving blankets instead of foam.
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Rolling zip code Motor homes are towing full size SUV's headed down the coast.

a cargo trailer is Easier, weighs less, has brakes option, that can be integrated with the electrical controllers.
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Cargo trailers can be very useful. I have one. But there are many cons: registration, some states require insurance, storage of the trailer when not in use, parking, backing up, securing it so it doesn't get stolen, possibility of a flat tire...and if you're towing a cargo trailer, you can't tow something else.
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And the OP is towing a vehicle behind already, so going to a dedicated cargo trailer is not an option... but depending on the size of the runabout being towed, a pricey option could be a toy hauler trailer, assuming the car would a) fit inside and b) the ramp was beefy enough. Just keep the fresh/gray water tanks empty to save weight.
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What about storing them under the bed? Most RVs (coaches, actually) have the main bed on a platform that lifts up on a hinge and the compartment goes all the way to the "basement". There should be enough space to stand them up (depending on how your "basement" is configured), but getting them in and out might be a problem.
The bed has utitlities under it, otherwise that would be a good idea.

We tow a car and it is a little car so not a lot of storage room. We actually have thought about buying a huge trailer and putting the car in it with the bikes. A portable garage. However, I think that is way too extreme. The MH is 42 feet long as it is. A trailer makes it even harder to find spots.

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We have a bunch of bikes. Sometimes I wish I would have bought a folder before. But, I love each bike I have. If I ever end up with a folder it will be as an N + 1.
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Looks like you could put a piece of foam down, lay one bike down, put another layer of foam on top of the bike, then lay the second bike down oriented in such a way that the the bars and pedals don't stack. That's basically what I do in the back of my SUV using moving blankets instead of foam.
I like the foam idea. I might give it a trial run. The handlebars are kind of pesky.
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I was thinking about getting one of these.
Let'sGoAero Gear Space 34 , that holds 2 bikes and is lockable, it's weathertight too

http://www.letsgoaero.com/products-p...ier-dark-gray/

Most Rvs have a 2" trailer hitch.

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I was thinking about getting one of these.
Let'sGoAero Gear Space 34 , that holds 2 bikes and is lockable, it's weathertight too

http://www.letsgoaero.com/products-p...ier-dark-gray/Most Rvs have a 2" trailer hitch.

We tow a car so that won't work. But I like the concept. Too bad that my car is too small to handle the weight of that carrier.
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I like the foam idea. I might give it a trial run. The handlebars are kind of pesky.
Pop off the front wheels. That allows you to turn the handlebars sideways and lay the bike flat.
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Pop off the front wheels. That allows you to turn the handlebars sideways and lay the bike flat.
That does seem to work best. I can fit three bikes in with a rug in between each, kind of staggering them. This is with the front wheels on. But it is awkward to get them to fit in a way where nothing rubs something it shouldn't. With the front wheels off it likely will work better and I might be able to get four bikes in there. Right now it is three without removing any shelves. Any more and the upper shelf has to go. Not the best solution as to get the bottom bike all bikes have to be removed, but better than having them outside.

That will probably have to do. I still have the problem of awkwardness for day to day use. I really dislike the bikes living outside. A cover I have learned is totally inadequate. Moisture comes from below. Covers get caught by the wind and can rub and drag bikes over. But no matter what I am going to have to compromise as I do not pull a trailer that can function as a garage.

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