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Old 05-29-2011, 11:20 AM   #1
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Best option for bicycle rack?

I'm towing a 1977 Boler with a 2009 Murano. This summer I'd like to bring 2 kids bikes and a 26" mountain bike. What's my best option for bringing them along?
Last year we simply put the bikes in the back of our van, but this year we've got the Murano and that's not an option. I can fit the kids bikes inside the trailer but the adult mountain bike is really too big for that.

I figure my options include:
1) back of the trailer on a custom bike rack (relocating the spare)
2) some form of rack on the hitch with an extender
3) on the roof of the suv
4) inside the trailer - not ideal

What are your thoughts and experiences?
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I figure my options include:
1) back of the trailer on a custom bike rack (relocating the spare)
2) some form of rack on the hitch with an extender
3) on the roof of the suv
4) inside the trailer - not ideal

What are your thoughts and experiences?
I don't have experience with transporting bicycles with a trailer, although I would like to have bicycles along.
I've thought about the various ways, each of which have pros and cons:

1) on the back of the trailer
  • pro: convenient access to bicycles
  • con: counterbalance to tongue weight might induce sway
  • con: where does the spare go?
  • con: worries about bicycles which cannot be seen by driver

2) between the car and the trailer
  • pro: relatively convenient access to bicycles
  • pro: does not counterbalance tongue weight
  • con: extender might induce sway
  • pro: spare not relocated
  • pro: within view of driver

3) on the roof of the suv
  • con: inconvenient access to bicycles
  • pro: no added sway
  • pro: spare not relocated
  • pro: vertical bicycle roof rack is more secure

4) inside the trailer
  • con: inconvenient access to trailer
  • pro: no added sway if loaded near front
  • con: possible added sway if loaded near back
  • pro: no modifications and nothing extra to buy
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I'm towing a 1977 Boler with a 2009 Murano. This summer I'd like to bring 2 kids bikes and a 26" mountain bike. What's my best option for bringing them along?
Last year we simply put the bikes in the back of our van, but this year we've got the Murano and that's not an option. I can fit the kids bikes inside the trailer but the adult mountain bike is really too big for that.

I figure my options include:
1) back of the trailer on a custom bike rack (relocating the spare)
2) some form of rack on the hitch with an extender
3) on the roof of the suv
4) inside the trailer - not ideal

What are your thoughts and experiences?
This works great for us...
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Old 05-29-2011, 12:19 PM   #4
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I don't have experience with transporting bicycles with a trailer, although I would like to have bicycles along.
I've thought about the various ways, each of which have pros and cons:

1) on the back of the trailer
  • pro: convenient access to bicycles
  • con: counterbalance to tongue weight might induce sway
  • con: where does the spare go?
  • con: worries about bicycles which cannot be seen by driver

2) between the car and the trailer
  • pro: relatively convenient access to bicycles
  • pro: does not counterbalance tongue weight
  • con: extender might induce sway
  • pro: spare not relocated
  • pro: within view of driver

3) on the roof of the suv
  • con: inconvenient access to bicycles
  • pro: no added sway
  • pro: spare not relocated
  • pro: vertical bicycle roof rack is more secure

4) inside the trailer
  • con: inconvenient access to trailer
  • pro: no added sway if loaded near front
  • con: possible added sway if loaded near back
  • pro: no modifications and nothing extra to buy
I agree with all of these. At the moment my preference is swaying (pun intended) between #2 & #3.

#2 should also include: con: extender reduces hitch capacity by up to 50%
#4 should also include: con: potential for damage to trailer interior
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Hi, Mark

I think this is the best thing since sliced bread in the bike rack department!
If you can afford it....
The load/unload from the rooftop looks SO easy!

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I'm towing a 1977 Boler with a 2009 Murano. This summer I'd like to bring 2 kids bikes and a 26" mountain bike. What's my best option for bringing them along?
Last year we simply put the bikes in the back of our van, but this year we've got the Murano and that's not an option. I can fit the kids bikes inside the trailer but the adult mountain bike is really too big for that.

I figure my options include:
1) back of the trailer on a custom bike rack (relocating the spare)
2) some form of rack on the hitch with an extender
3) on the roof of the suv
4) inside the trailer - not ideal

What are your thoughts and experiences?
I have a Jeep Grand Cherokee, but am planning to purchase a new car later on this year and am considering a Murano. Let me know what you think so far.
Regarding the bike rack - I bought a Swagman rack that slips over the tow bar. Because of the back of my Jeep, I had to buy an extender in addition to a long draw bar. The rack easily folds down in order to lift the tailgate. I bought it off of Ebay for about $80.
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Old 05-29-2011, 04:07 PM   #8
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I'm thinking the roof rack, that's what we did when we had a Jeep Cherokee.
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floyd---i am very intrigued by your bike rack----where did you purchase it?
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Old 05-29-2011, 05:05 PM   #10
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I don't have experience with transporting bicycles with a trailer, although I would like to have bicycles along.
I've thought about the various ways, each of which have pros and cons:

1) on the back of the trailer
  • pro: convenient access to bicycles
  • con: counterbalance to tongue weight might induce sway
  • con: where does the spare go?
  • con: worries about bicycles which cannot be seen by driver

2) between the car and the trailer
  • pro: relatively convenient access to bicycles
  • pro: does not counterbalance tongue weight
  • con: extender might induce sway
  • pro: spare not relocated
  • pro: within view of driver

3) on the roof of the suv
  • con: inconvenient access to bicycles
  • pro: no added sway
  • pro: spare not relocated
  • pro: vertical bicycle roof rack is more secure

4) inside the trailer
  • con: inconvenient access to trailer
  • pro: no added sway if loaded near front
  • con: possible added sway if loaded near back
  • pro: no modifications and nothing extra to buy
Number 3 should also include
con: increased wind resistance
con: worries about bicycles which cannot be seen by driver
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Old 05-29-2011, 05:13 PM   #11
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I'm towing a 1977 Boler with a 2009 Murano. This summer I'd like to bring 2 kids bikes and a 26" mountain bike. What's my best option for bringing them along?
Last year we simply put the bikes in the back of our van, but this year we've got the Murano and that's not an option. I can fit the kids bikes inside the trailer but the adult mountain bike is really too big for that.

I figure my options include:
1) back of the trailer on a custom bike rack (relocating the spare)
2) some form of rack on the hitch with an extender
3) on the roof of the suv
4) inside the trailer - not ideal

What are your thoughts and experiences?
We have a tandem and opted for the back of trailer, moved the spare to inside back of pickup. I think the only real good solution is to go to a van. We also carry 2 to 3 single bikes in back of truck. A long bed pickup with topper would work for us, don't want to spend the $.
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floyd---i am very intrigued by your bike rack----where did you purchase it?
Thanks for the kind words...
The rails on which the bikes are mounted are standard items which are designed to be a universal fit on a roof rack. They are mounted in opposite directions to allow them to be closer together.
The balance of the rack is made from a pair of box fan legs and some old bedrails salvaged from the recycle bin.
A rack like it could easily be assembled from 1/2 thinwall and some angle iron for just a few bucks after buying the rails.
I used my mig welder for the assembly, and had planned to bolt it to the Scamp frame. Eschewing the idea of drilling into the frame ,I decided, at the last minute, to weld it on.
If you built a tongue box for your battery/propane you might even mount the rails on top of it. My design allows for more security for those items and a space for storing my"lego-levelers".

The "lego-levelers" storage was an after thought and it is not shown on the picture. it is just a locking shelf between the bike rails and the the crossbar pictured.
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I have carried bikes in the trailer and the down side of that is if you want to stop while on the road to get something out the fridge they are in the way! Considered putting them on the back but worry it might lighten up the tongue weight a little to much.

I ended up going with the roof rack on the car - it works out well and the rack gets used a lot with or without the trailer.
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I use a 2 bike V-rack. Works well, but must be carefull not to jack-knife too much when backing.

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