I have searched this forum and found a few mentions of people using trunk racks to transport their tandems.
Is this a reasonable and safe thing to do? Or are there horror stories I should know about before doing this on a long trip?
I have a Saris Guardian 3 trunk rack and have used it three times now to transport my tandem short distances of less than 40 miles without incidence. My tandem is a 2003 Burley Samba. By removing the wheels, which is very easy to do, I find that my tandem only sticks out about four inches on either side of my Chrysler Town and Country minivan and about six inches on my Stratus. In other words, the tandem sticks out about as much as my mirrors do. It does not shift or move about in any way and appears to be very secure. It is easy to mount and dismount the tandem on the trunk rack. And the nicest thing about this method is that it is cheap in comparison to some of the other roof rack and trailer alternatives.
Please warn me though if I am being penny wise and pound foolish. After investing so much in a bike my wife and I have become attached to, I would hate to have it ripped off the trunk rack and smashed on the highway. Any advice and suggestions would be appreciated. We plan on taking the tandem to Michigan's Copper Country, about 600 miles away, in a few weeks, hence the reason I am asking now.