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Discussion in 'Cargo Carriers / Bike Racks / Other Storage Option' started by JNDpopup, Oct 22, 2017.
Make sure you pay attention to the amount of tongue weight your putting on that minivan.
+1 for the ProRac.
looks good and is safer than rack on rear popup bumper
Anything is safer than the rear bumper
i did exactly what nhlakes did, mounted a receiver up front, 20 minute job, bikes fit great, no problem . also tow with 04 Avalanche
Front rack can also hold more than just bicycles.
This is my diy rooftop bike rack. It is a 2x4 spanning across the top of the camper with some quick release bike mounts that you can buy on Amazon. I painted the board white so it did not look too homemade. I bought some rubberized toolbox drawer liner and cut it to fit the parts of the wood that come in contact with the camper top and I glued the liner on, just to protect the camper top. I have since added eye bolts to the ends of the 2x4 so that I can hook on the ratchet straps better. I have driven 2 hours down the interstate with this setup and it holds up perfect.
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Does this set up block your sensors? We have a Toyota Sequoia and trying to figure out how to front put a front hitch on. Thanks!
With the motorcycle rack up front, perhaps, with the bicycle rack up front, doubt it, but I'm not really sure. Doesn't really matter for me since I only use the front hitch when the camper is on the back hitch - which requires me to turn off the sensors (otherwise it'll sense the camper the entire time it is connected)
Is it hard to drive at night with the bike blocking the lens?
With the motorcycle up front the seat partially blocks the driver side headlight. Not difficult to drive, but not ideal. With the bicycles up front, no issue.
I tried that and the bottom ball was to high and hit the bike rack. Did not work for me. Also, when I put it on I noticed it would hot the stuff stored on the tongue ( propane, battery, crank). I am still trying to figure out a way to make this happen.
My solution that has worked great for us this year: a Hollywood hatch-style rack to carry 3 bikes, and depending on the trip, another 2 inside my Sienna minivan.
Bikes on the van only get in the way a tiny bit sometimes when making really tight turns while backing in to campsite - in that case I remove them before backing in.