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Old 07-05-13, 11:36 PM   #26
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Yeah, the OP's lady friend is gonna want to drive that instead of a SUV alright...
Why not?
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I think it's also worth noting that when we visited North America last we borrowed my FiL's Dodge Caravan, and it is excellent for bicycle carriage. The seats are easy to remove, the height allowed bikes to be wheeled in with the fronts on, plenty of room for other stuff, and after 17,000km north-south and back again, we didn't have any problems with the automatic transmission... and the fuel economy was fine.
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Ford Transit Connect...$25K 20/27 mpg. As you can see, the wheel removal is not necessary.
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What kind of vehicle is this?
That's a Honda Element. I believe 2010 was the last year they were made.
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'03 Honda civic

That picture with the folding seats is a Honda element. Great rig.
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An SUV that gets great reviews and can be found used at a fairly reasonable price is the Lexus RX350. I too would like to put bikes upright in the back with the front wheels off. I guess I need to drag my bike to the Lexus dealer and see if it fits.
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I can fit four road bikes in the back seat of my Ram Mega-Cab and I still have the whole box for anything else...

Here's two in the back seat woth loads of room to spare;
Very cool indeed. Is that a generic Home Depot bracket that holds the fork? Close up of that or simply, where'd you get it?
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Yeah, the OP's lady friend is gonna want to drive that instead of a SUV alright...
800ft/lbs torque. 18c/24h mpg(light foot), sit up nice & high. room for 4 bike up right, 2 adults, 3 kids, big dog. tows the 30ft tt without breaking a sweat. she might like it. My wife does.

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Very cool indeed. Is that a generic Home Depot bracket that holds the fork? Close up of that or simply, where'd you get it?
I just picked up a few Swagman fork mounts on sale at my lbs for $12 each and mounted them to some 2x4...

http://www.swagman.net/products/roof-mount-racks/claw/

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I have 2009 Nissan Xterra with the inside rack designed by Yakima. They don't make the rack and it is no longer available from Nissan. One can be made tho DIY using parts from the likes of Thule or Yakima.

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I can fit two bikes, laying down on their sides in my Subaru WRX hatchback. For one bike it just goes in, for two I have to remove the front wheels. I keep a moving blanket to go between the bikes.
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Why not?
She asked for a SUV...maybe she is going to do something with it besides transport bikes or kids....in true 41 fashion, folks say "you need a minvan" or "you need a kick-ass pick-em-up truck"....because we know what's good for everyone else...
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Nobody *needs* an SUV. There are people who need minivans and pickup trucks.
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I would prefer a station wagon rather than an SUV but Americans don't like wagons so my options are limited. My BMW is nearing the end of it's life. I hope there are some more wagon options for 2015.
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She asked for a SUV...maybe she is going to do something with it besides transport bikes or kids....in true 41 fashion, folks say "you need a minvan" or "you need a kick-ass pick-em-up truck"....because we know what's good for everyone else...
It's called broadening horizons. You'd be surprised how an OP has started a thread with one thought in mind and then has discovered another solution through the discussion that has ensued.
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It's called broadening horizons. You'd be surprised how an OP has started a thread with one thought in mind and then has discovered another solution through the discussion that has ensued.

Yes, when we went looking for a 4WD tall enough to haul our bicycles inside, so we could get in and out of our very rural home during my first year in Australia, we thought we wanted a SUV too. After all, when you think dirt/mud tracks and 4WD, you think SUV. But when we went looking we discovered the Delica, a tall 4WD van ... big enough to carry two single bicycles, a tandem, and a pile of camping gear and luggage.
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I can roll my motorcycle through the back door, a little bicycle ain't going to bother me much!


Rowan brought home a motorcycle in ours too.

But ours doesn't have the snorkel.

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What kind of vehicle is this?


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I just picked up a few Swagman fork mounts on sale at my lbs for $12 each and mounted them to some 2x4...

http://www.swagman.net/products/roof-mount-racks/claw/
That's awesome, thanks!
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Is that over-kill, for a couple of bicycles ?

... or... they also fit, in this :

summer mode


winter mode

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Rowan brought home a motorcycle in ours too.

But ours doesn't have the snorkel.
Just changed the fuel filter today. Delica Club is a great source for info, but I think you know that already.
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uh, unless she needs a gas-guzzling SUV for some other reason (like, you know hauling 4 grocery bags, or going to the bank), just get a car (subaru if you're worried about the snow), and get a regular trunk rack?
cheaper. and less hassle that lifting bikes up and down out of the back of a truck and no removing of tires.
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Honda Element fits the bill nicely but the styling isn't for everyone. I love mine though. Holds all my toys INSIDE where they are relatively more secure than on a rack. Great vehicle for hauling dogs too!
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I have a 2007 Honda Pilot, and also have a couple of fork mounts screwed into a 1X4, which was cut to fit tightly across the interior width and can be easily pulled out. Just like the previous post, I have a relatively tall bike so have to either remove or lower the seatpost (takes about 20 seconds), my GF's smaller bike fits easily. Facing rearward. Front wheels removed and sitting on the side. Could fit at least one more fork mount if I needed to. Pic follows, lots of room for stuff...

Does the girlfriend fit in the duffle?
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