Bike bunk, clearance (clarence)?

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  1. drglinski

    drglinski New Member

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    I bought a carlson bike bunk and have a couple questions/opinions on how best to mount it. Here's what I'm considering (in multiple posts)

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    Pros: Upright posts are away from camper and tanks.
    Cons: Closer to tow vehicle than I'd like.


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    solution 1-3.JPG solution 1-4.JPG solution 1-5.JPG solution 1-6.JPG solution 1-7.JPG

    Pros: further from tow vehicle
    Cons: bike rack overhangs camper (good idea or na?), upright posts extremely close to camper.
    Concerns: the rack itself is going to move some on travel and it's going to dent or damage the camper exterior, plus I know the bike rack is going to rock and I'm fearful of holes in the roof.
     
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    solution 3-1.JPG solution 3-2.JPG solution 3-3.JPG solution 3-4.JPG

    Pros: bike rack is further away from tow vehicle. Does not overhang camper roof
    Cons: uprights are dangerously close to propane tanks. (concerning?)

    So far I like option 3 the best. whatcha all think?
     
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    What’s your vector, Victor? :)

    Bringing bikes is such a PITA. It will surely bounce going down the road. Probably option 1. How close to back of tv is it?
    Don’t call me Shirley.
     
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    Option 3. Roger, Roger.
     
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    About 1 1/2-2'
     
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    Be awful to hit a bump and smash out your back glass.
    I didn’t see option three earlier. I think that’s my vote too. I don’t think it would bother the lp tanks.
     
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    Yeah, I could always shove a piece of fire hose in between the uprights and tanks or something :huh:
     
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    Do the upright bars just pull out of the brackets?

    Option 3 is probably the best, but if you wanted to keep the weight further back with option 2, you could add a strap from the rack down towards the coupler. That way it can’t flex back into the camper.
     
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    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

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    I think option 2 is the way to go because it is the only one that keeps everything away from the TV.
     
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    Out of curiosity, will you be able to pull your bunk out with the uprights in place? It's hard to tell by the pictures how close they are. I also think option 2 with perhaps some foam blocks to protect the camper from bounce.
     
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    Nope, I will need to unbolt them to open the beds.
     
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    Tentatively tried option 3 in an open parking lot today. The pic of it close is when I have full input into the steering wheel (not usually likely). I think it’s going to work ok C3BA146A-3FD8-4A4F-B631-0F67FFB9D752.jpeg BDF01640-D891-40DE-9AE7-6C14A0D13E74.jpeg 5849BFCE-B4E3-419D-93C9-4002B3FD7347.jpeg
     

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