It didn't take long to figure out that the Scamp's rear bumper hitch receiver would not work well for carrying two bikes. Too many issues to deal with or put up with.
After considering other alternatives, this is what I ended up doing. It has worked great so far.
I mounted one of the bikes in the back of the Ford Escape
, with the handle bars turned backwards. It won't fit with the handle bar not turned backwards. (the other bike is taller and won't fit in the Escape). The fork bracket is mounted to a board that is free to move as needed.
The next image shows the rear tire of the bike plus the front tires
of BOTH bikes mounted in slots on a piece of plywood. They are protected with foam rubber and held by a yellow bungee cord across the top.
Another view shows the support straps going from the bike to the Escape's seat back brackets.
The next picture shows the fork bracket mounted under the table in the Scamp
. It is through bolted to the frame here. It took a little careful planning and sealing to get it in the right place and protect the floor from being damaged by water from underneath, etc.
This next image shows the bike in place on the fork mount, with two straps to add additional support and relieve some strain on the fork mount. Surprisingly, the fork mount has never been in the way. No trips or other issues for us with mounting it there.
The next image shows the bike in place with duffle bags placed on either side to keep the rear of the bike in place. The bags can be moved if you need to shift the bike to either side to get in the fridge
or other areas.
The final picture is of the whole rig, loaded and ready to go, bikes and all!