I know you said you didnt really want a roof top but, dont count out the Sportworks U2. We've been using ours since March of '03 and love it. Due to the design that does not require front wheel removal it only takes literally a few seconds to load our tandem. We have a Ford Explorer that we use when hauling our longbike. My wife is 5 ft 9ish, she can load our tandem by herself in seconds.
There is a wheel hoop that tilts sideways for the front wheel. You lift the front of the bike and "wheelie" it into the hoop, lift the back end of the bike and place the back wheel in the tray, walk the bike to the upright possition, and lock the ratchiting arm on the back wheel, go to the front of the bike and put a pin in the wheel hoop to lock it upright, drop the ratchiting arm on the front and you are done. The only contact between rack and bike is the arms touching the rubber of the tires. It took me three times longer to type this as it would have to load the bike.
Check it out at the link above, you'll be glad you did.
B/4 I purchased the SportWorks I was looking at the Draftmaster line. They are receiver racks like you are looking for. They were more than I wanted to spend so I went with the roof rack we have instead, glad I did. I do know folks who have draftmaster racks and love them.
I dont know anyone that uses Badger but, they look pretty nice,
Last edited by brad; 11-07-03 at 12:45 PM.