Homemade Popup Bike Rack CHEAP to make!!!

Discussion in 'Cargo Carriers / Bike Racks / Other Storage Option' started by billin, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. billin

    billin The back of the pickup is NOT a dumpster!

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    Hello,

    I am new here, but I have been camping since I was a kid. I bought an older pop up Coleman 1992 Pioneer Newport, and wanted to out my two bikes on the camper somehow. I could not put them on the back for two reasons, 1) no back bumper, and no easy way of attaching one. And 2) by putting weight on the back of this camper, it will make the tongue weight to little and the camper will be fish tailing all over the place.
    I looked online and found what I wanted for about $500.00 (OUCH!!) So I thought that I woud make my own. I did and the total cost was $55.00. I am going to attempt to upload the Pictures. I purchased everything from a hardware store(brackets) and Lowe's. I dit NOT drill any holes on the camper ANYWHERE(not even the tongue).

    I am having a hard time uploading the pictures. as soon as I figure it out, I will post them.

    Bill
     
  2. Eagle85

    Eagle85 New Member

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    Welcome to the portal, can't wait to see the pics
     
  3. 01YZF6

    01YZF6 Dothan, AL

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    set up an account with Photobucket, webshots, vimeo, etc etc

    upload to the photo site, and post a link to the album here.
     
  4. billin

    billin The back of the pickup is NOT a dumpster!

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    Pictures link below:

    http://cid-340b86f54757e2f0.photos.live.com/browse.aspx/bike%20rack?nl=1&uc=9

    ( cut and paste above link to your browser)

    The largest cost was the professional, chocks ($14.95 each at a local bike shop). to holf front forks.

    then $25.00 total for: 1) square 3ft tubing 1" square, 1) 3ft square tubing 3/4" square, ( Icut these in half)

    1) $10.00 3 ft 1/16 of an inch thick angle iron.

    2) 3" eye hooks (that I bent to fit on the tubing to fasten the angle to the angle) I had to mount the 1" tubing to the trailer as the tongue bends to the front part os the trailer yolk for a tight fit with out drilling any holes in the tongue.

    $4.00 for 3" C shaped fastners (more like an E shape w/out the middle part of the E).

    $.098 for the pins and clasps to hold the rack up.

    The channel that the bikes rear tire sits in (I got for free, but can be purchaseat Lowe's for $6.00)

    I drilled holes in the channel and counter sunk the holes then used 3M 5200 Marine sealant to glue the channel to the roof of the camper, the holes are for the sealent to adhere to the roof better.

    Free Bungee cords for front tire mounting.

    free straps from stuff in the garage...

    You could by a professional one online for about $500.00, but my wife's bike i found in the tras and had to replace the tubes and tires ($10.00), and my bike i got for free at a yard sale.

    So spending $500.00 for JUST a bike rack seemed crazy.

    My main goal was to keep the bikes from clogging up the back of the truck, and NO Drilling on the camper at all.

    I hope that I described this well, but if you have any questions, please let me know and I will do mu best to help.

    One last thing: this camper did not come with nor does it have a 12 volt battery, so I did not have to deal with moving it.


    Bill
     
  5. billin

    billin The back of the pickup is NOT a dumpster!

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    One thing I forgot to mention.

    After you take the bikes off, then remove the clasps and pins, the top part slides into the bottom and the drawer (bed) comes out easily.

    Bill
     
  6. NH-popper

    NH-popper Boldly going camping!

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    Heh, I could do something like this and put the c-channel wayyy farther back on the roof for my wife & I's bicycle built for two :) Of course with an ABS roof I have no idea how I'd attach the C-channels to my roof.

    I'm still not sure how you attached the cross-beam with the fork holders to the vertical posts - I sort of see the J hooks or U bolts or whatever...
     
  7. Eagle85

    Eagle85 New Member

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    That [MOD] looks great. I would have never thought of doing that. It seems pretty simple to do too, which is always a good thing.
     
  8. billin

    billin The back of the pickup is NOT a dumpster!

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    I could not put this farther back, because of the handle to crank up the camper, I wish I could have it would have saved some time. As far as the "u" bolts, you could use two long bolts and a piece of 1/16" or 1/8" thich steel stock to fasten the 1" square tubing to your trailer tongue.

    My roof is aluminum, but the 3M 5200 will glue virtually anything together, and will always be flexible and will not change color. i had some hanging around and I used it on all sorts of projects, not just the boat.
     
  9. VTcamper

    VTcamper New Member

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    I am looking to build something similar, but I have not been able to find any U channel for the tires to sit in. You said

    The channel that the bikes rear tire sits in (I got for free, but can be purchaseat Lowe's for $6.00)


    What is that channel and what section would it be in Lowes?
    thanks.
     
  10. billin

    billin The back of the pickup is NOT a dumpster!

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    Hello,

    I found in in the electrical conduit aisle. It is made of Galvanized metal, I treated it with white vinigar, then painted it to white to match the roof.

    Hope this helps.

    Bill
     
  11. VTcamper

    VTcamper New Member

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    Thanks. I will check out the local lowes tomorrow
     
  12. JamesandTina

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    Has anybody else made this? I need to know how far the smaller tube goes into the base tube. I know he used one three foot piece, cut in half, so it will give you two 18 inch pieces.

    I need to know how far it goes into the base so I can prevent warping and bending, or excessive movement back and forth. How stable is it going down the road at high way speeds?

    Any information you can provide will be appreciated. I am trying to work on it this weekend.

    Thanks.
     
  13. JamesandTina

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    I forgot to link the page where the bike rack was shown. It can be found at
    http://cid-340b86f54757e2f0.photos.live.com/browse.aspx/bike%20rack?nl=1&uc=9

    These were the instructions that were included regarding the bike rack:

    The largest cost was the professional, chocks ($14.95 each at a local bike shop). to holf front forks.

    then $25.00 total for: 1) square 3ft tubing 1" square, 1) 3ft square tubing 3/4" square, ( Icut these in half)

    1) $10.00 3 ft 1/16 of an inch thick angle iron.

    2) 3" eye hooks (that I bent to fit on the tubing to fasten the angle to the angle) I had to mount the 1" tubing to the trailer as the tongue bends to the front part os the trailer yolk for a tight fit with out drilling any holes in the tongue.

    $4.00 for 3" C shaped fastners (more like an E shape w/out the middle part of the E).

    $.098 for the pins and clasps to hold the rack up.

    The channel that the bikes rear tire sits in (I got for free, but can be purchaseat Lowe's for $6.00)

    I drilled holes in the channel and counter sunk the holes then used 3M 5200 Marine sealant to glue the channel to the roof of the camper, the holes are for the sealent to adhere to the roof better.

    Free Bungee cords for front tire mounting.

    free straps from stuff in the garage...


    Thanks again!
     
  14. gjoser

    gjoser New Member

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    How far is the cross bar that holds the forks from the trailer
     
  15. arthuruscg

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    Ca nyou take a pic of how the uprights are attached the the cross bar?
     
  16. Bullfrog Bheer

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    The original poster of this thread hasn't been on this site since Feb. 20011. Doubtful that there will be a response. [:(]
     
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