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Old 08-08-09, 06:32 AM
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Dumb question.. will a Toyota Rav 4 hold 2 bikes?

We need to rent something to take us and the bikes to our starting point for a tour.
Hertz said at first we would get a Rav 4. Now they are saying might be a Rav 4, Chevy Equinox, Kia Sportage, or Ford Escape.

I can prob get them to commit to a particular one, but I don't know which one, or even of any are suitable.

I could also hold my nose and rent a van from Uhaul.

Any thoughts?
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We need to rent something to take us and the bikes to our starting point for a tour.
Hertz said at first we would get a Rav 4. Now they are saying might be a Rav 4, Chevy Equinox, Kia Sportage, or Ford Escape.

I can prob get them to commit to a particular one, but I don't know which one, or even of any are suitable.

I could also hold my nose and rent a van from Uhaul.

Any thoughts?
If you have a driver and a single passenger you will be able to fit two bikes once you fold down the rear seat. You might have to remove the front wheels, but the rear wheel can stay on the bike.

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Thanks, Hertz was wonderfully vague about that. There will be just the two of us, sounds
like it will be snug with the 4 panniers, but manageable.
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Thanks, Hertz was wonderfully vague about that. There will be just the two of us, sounds
like it will be snug with the 4 panniers, but manageable.
It won't be bad. I have a Mazda6 wagon, It's a little longer but also less tall than my friends RAV4. I'm able to carry three bikes without any disassembly. A RAV4 will swallow 2 easily.

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Before getting my Mazda3, I looked at the new RAV4's. Very nice, and yes they'll fit two bikes. My old Honda CR-V would fit two, minus the front wheels and with seats folded down. I mounted two fork mounts to a 2x10. It worked great. I did have to remove my seat and post.

That said, vehicle size is not indicative of bike capacity. My GF's Hyundai Santa Fe is considerably larger than the Honda and it most definitely cannot fit two bikes in the same way.
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don't forget to lay down some sheets under the chain : ) and have a good tour!
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I don't know if this can possibly help you because of the age of my vehicle, but I have a 1997 RAV4 and I often carry my 1 bike in it ... upright without having to take the wheel off. It's a snug fit though. I believe the current RAV4s are a little bit larger than what I have. So maybe by taking the wheels off, you would be okay.

Hope that helps more than hinders.

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If you can, try to buy/borrow/rent a spare tire mount bike rack. This way, you still have the inside of the vehicle, and you're less likely to damage the inside of the vehicle. Rental car companies are known for having very lax, lazy & blind check-out staff and eagle-eyed conscientious check-in staff.

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I've tried to request a particular model of rental vehicle from the major rental companies in the past and have rarely been successful. They only rent by vehicle class, so you usually don't know what you're going to get until you show up. Any of the small crossover SUVs you mentioned should work OK for 2 people + 2 bikes, although the Kia is a bit smaller than the others- I just tested the Hyundai Tucson, which is basically the same as the Sportage.
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We fit two bikes, the two of us and 8 panniers in a kia spectra, so I think a RAV4 would be roomy compared to that!
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Late to this, but the Escape is great for two bikes plus gear. We rented one a couple years back. Even with my 63cm frame all I had to do was pop off the front wheel of each bike and the seat posts and everything went in vertically. We used the panniers, tent etc to keep the bikes from banging into each other and importantly, we used trash bags to protect the floor.

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You can fit 2 bikes in nearly any vehicle, it would just require a willingness to remove wheels. I rode to pick up a rental once, and found the trunk small enough that I had to remove both wheels due to depth issues, but the width didn't require me to remove my fenders. So even a small sedan would work, one in the trunk, one in the back seat, panniers in the rear floorboards.
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