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Homemade bike rack for camper...(pics)
« on: April 02, 2011, 07:41:57 PM »
Was going to purchase a full yakima set and the cost was just too much. So I decided to make a homemade rack using superstruts and cone nuts.

I am just waiting for the silicone to dry and then it will be painted black and I will at other accessories. Fits 4 bikes. Final pics to follow..













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Re: Homemade bike rack for camper...(pics)
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2011, 08:16:52 PM »
I think I need to watch this thread- you've piqued my interest!
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Re: Homemade bike rack for camper...(pics)
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2011, 01:37:47 AM »
I'm an electrician by trade.  Unistrut is used quite often.  Good stuff.
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Re: Homemade bike rack for camper...(pics)
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2011, 01:03:22 PM »
Love unistrut. Used it for my rack.

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Re: Homemade bike rack for camper...(pics)
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2011, 09:52:11 AM »
Hawkester:  Is that Aluminum Unistrut?  Where did you get it?  I have been looking for something just like this for the same type of application.
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Re: Homemade bike rack for camper...(pics)
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2011, 11:25:22 AM »
JJMac1,

What did you use to attach the superstruts, just silicone?
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Re: Homemade bike rack for camper...(pics)
« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2011, 11:49:57 AM »
Hawkester:  Is that Aluminum Unistrut?  Where did you get it?  I have been looking for something just like this for the same type of application.


Yes. I used aluminum becasue it is far lighter than the steel and it is more than strong enough. I work as a building engineer so scrap stuff is always available. You can also get it thru McMaster Carr http://www.mcmaster.com/#strut-channel-systems/=bqtq8j
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Re: Homemade bike rack for camper...(pics)
« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2011, 10:45:49 PM »
JJMac1,

What did you use to attach the superstruts, just silicone?

The 3 ft spans of superstrut on top are connected to a 6 foot span of superstrut on the inside of roof via 1 1/2 inch bolts and nuts.  I used rubber flashing (used around window when installing them) under the superstruts on top.  Then silicone.  I am going to top it off and paint the whole top with grizzly grip.....

I can now have a house party on my camper.  In addition, on the inside I have super strut beams to connect hanging shelves for storage...

More pics to come when I get back from vacation and its all painted.....

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Re: Homemade bike rack for camper...(pics)
« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2011, 12:51:44 PM »
The 3 ft spans of superstrut on top are connected to a 6 foot span of superstrut on the inside of roof...

Good idea!  Your pics above made me think how nice it would be to go all the way across to add structure to the top, but you've got that covered!  Did you curve the superstrut to contour to the slight crown to the roof?  If so, how?
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Re: Homemade bike rack for camper...(pics)
« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2011, 01:01:17 PM »
Nice work, JJMAC1
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Re: Homemade bike rack for camper...(pics)
« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2011, 09:11:13 PM »
Good idea!  Your pics above made me think how nice it would be to go all the way across to add structure to the top, but you've got that covered!  Did you curve the superstrut to contour to the slight crown to the roof?  If so, how?

The pup is a 2009 Fleetwood Cobalt.  The roof is fairly flat.  There is a very slight curve but almost un-noticeable.  So no necessity to curve the Super strut.

  I would have definitely gone all the way across if I didnt have the spine down the middle of the camper roof.  So I had to do  3 foot spans.  On the inside, the strut spans the roof...

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Re: Homemade bike rack for camper...(pics)
« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2011, 04:11:09 PM »
Finished!














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Re: Homemade bike rack for camper...(pics)
« Reply #12 on: April 23, 2011, 06:03:34 PM »
JJ, nice set up but may I make a suggestion.  Put bungee cords on the rear tires of your bike/s so they won't hope and down on the pups roof, that could lossen the front clamps and there goes your bike on a bump.  Nice set up though!  Also how in the world did you get those long bolts thru that "question mark" shape bike rack part and then thru the square tubing?

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Re: Homemade bike rack for camper...(pics)
« Reply #13 on: April 23, 2011, 06:35:14 PM »
JJ,

NOt sure if your referring to the eye bolts on the back section of the rack?  If so,  those are attached with the cone nuts to the super strut.  They are there for the same reason you suggested.... To hold down the back tire of the bike....

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Re: Homemade bike rack for camper...(pics)
« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2011, 10:39:38 AM »
Looks good!  I thing the black gives it a nice contrast.  How about some pictures of the inside super strut?
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