I'm going to be in the position of needing to haul my tandem on top of my Toyota Sienna from Oregon back to Texas next summer. By the time I add up the cost of a proper tandem rack like a rocky mount and the required Yakima crossbars to mount on the factory rack I'm pushing past $500 for frankly what is likely to be a one-time haul. Normally I just shove the thing in the back of the minivan for trips around Texas but that won't work for this return trip because I'll have the wife and 3 kids along for the cross country road trip.
So I'm thinking perhaps I can just break the thing down as far as possible (remove wheels, cranks, handlebars, seats, etc.). Buy a couple of rolls of bubble wrap and just seal the whole thing in bubble wrap. Then lash the whole thing up on the Sienna's factory rack. Tie it down good and solid, lock it in place, and then just leave it there for the duration of the trip home.
What do you all think? Is that a reasonable solution for a one-time haul or should I just bite the bullet and buy a proper rack system?
I have also contemplated buying just the rocky mount R4 (which can be had for $259 on Amazon) and then jury rigging some hardware so that it mounts directly to the factory crossbars which would negate the need to invest in a whole Yakima system. But looking at the pictures I suspect that would put the rack too low and too far inboard to properly use the pivot feature without having the timing chain ring scape on and scratch the car. I'd be interested to hear if anyone has had success mounting these on a factory crossbar. I'm sure the factory bars are strong enough. I've used them several times to go cross country hauling a Yakima rocket box with 5-10x the weight of a tandem in it. They are very sturdy and probably more secure than mounting Yakima crossbars to the side rails.