PVC Bike Rack for 4 bikes

Discussion in 'Cargo Carriers / Bike Racks / Other Storage Option' started by jrclocks, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. jrclocks

    jrclocks Member

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    Just completed the 4-bike version of the PVC bike rack for my Fleetwood Sun Valley.

    The 3 bike version mounted to the frame near the propane tank. The 4 bike mounts on the roof.

    It mounts to the top via the Yakima rails that came standard.

    I'll use 1" straps to hold th bikes to the rack.

    Photos on the website.

    JRClocks
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  2. BigEasyCampr

    BigEasyCampr New Member

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    Nice job!!! Will you be able to remove the front part of the bike rack from the camper and use at the campsite on the ground?

    Harry
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    That looks great! What's the little stub pipe on the front wheel rack for?
     
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    Loosen 4 1/4-20 bolts and it will slide off the Yakima rails for use as a bike rack on the ground.

    The stub on the front right is for a Flag Pole made of 1/2" PVC.

    There's also a mount for an external TV antenna on the left front, but its not visible in the photos.

    JRClocks
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    Edited by - jrclocks on June 24 2008 18:30:07
     
  5. charles claxton

    charles claxton Member

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    That a niceLQQKING bike rack!!! I am a plumber and have been toying with the idea of useing PVC for mine!! What size pipe did you use??

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  6. kmh1596

    kmh1596 Wilbraham, MA

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    What happened to the original 3 bike one, and how did it mount? IS it available? <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Big Smile">

    *Kevin*
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  7. jrclocks

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    The original 3-bike rack is being used by a friend that only has one child. The front part of the rack mounted to the frame near the propane tanks. The rear part of the rack mounted to the Yakima rails similar to the 4-bike rack. The down-side to the 3-bike rack was that you had to remove the front rack to pop the camper. The advantage was that half the weight was off the roof.

    As far as construction, the 4-bike rack made out of 1" Sched 40. However, none of the PVC sizes are strong enough to handle the dynamic loads without help. So, the long cross members have a piece of 3/4" EMT inside for additional support. This carries the load to the roof mounts and provides rigidity. This method worked well for the 3-bike rack.

    Hope this helps.

    JRClocks
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    BigEasyCampr New Member

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    Great plans you did on this. Real professional looking drawings.

    Harry
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    Edited by - BigEasyCampr on June 25 2008 10:26:48
     
  9. jrclocks

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    Thanks!

    I find it easier to build these complicated projects if I've thought it through on the computer first.

    Believe it or not, I used "PowerPoint" to design the bike rack.

    JRClocks
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    Edited by - jrclocks on June 25 2008 15:03:55
     
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    PowerPoint huh? I gotta look at that. Could be real useful.

    Again, great job.

    Harry
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    <BLOCKQUOTE id=quote><font size=1 face="Verdana,Arial,Helvetica" id=quote>quote:<hr height=1 noshade id=quote>
    Just completed the 4-bike version of the PVC bike rack for my Fleetwood Sun Valley.

    The 3 bike version mounted to the frame near the propane tank. The 4 bike mounts on the roof.

    It mounts to the top via the Yakima rails that came standard.

    I'll use 1" straps to hold th bikes to the rack.

    Photos on the website.

    JRClocks
    http://community.webshots.com/user/jrclocks
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    Hello, Do you still have the powerpoint design on this bike rack? If possible could you e-mail it to me at gmartinez35@hotmail.com? Thank you.
     
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    Remember, PVC is not UV resistant and will degrade over time. The stuff gets brittle, sunburnt and powdery very quickly here in AZ, I wouldn't trust it to hold bicycles for a second. You can paint it to retard the process, but it still occurs over time.

    Don't believe it? Take a nice 3 foot section of PVC and leave it laying in your yard for a week or two or more. That nice, white, flexible piece of PVC develops a brown "burn" on the side exposed to the sun, looses it's flexibility and is likely to break if you try to curve it into the same wide 'U' that you could do before.

    I am glad that you have some reinforcement in the cross members, but I would be scared to trust PVC to hold my bikes upright.
     
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    jtuc1 Northeast Alabama

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    My Fleetwood has the factory tracks in the top like yours. What is holding the PVC down onto the tracks of the Pup roof? I would like to make something like this to hold up my kayak on the roof of the Pup.
     
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    Hi jrclocks -

    Your PVC work is an inspiration! I saw another recent posting requesting your drawings. Would you be kind enough to send a copy to collin.merritt@gmail.com when you have a moment.

    Thanks!

    PS - great addn'l mod pictures....getting me thinking.
     
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    Hi JRClocks,

    I am interested in building a PVC bike rack like yours. Would you mind posting a link to your plans or email them to me at denneyr@yahoo.com.

    Thanks a lot. Your bike rack looks great by the way.

    Ron Denney
     
  17. jrclocks

    jrclocks Member

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    Hi,

    I apologize that I didn't answer sooner. I've been busy shovelling snow and camping hasn't been on my mind.

    Unfortunately, I lost the plans for the bike rack when our old computer crashed. I can tell you that the rack is still working great! No evidence of fatigue or brittleness. In fact, I've built a boat rack for the back of the PUP as well. I have a small Snark sailboat that we take along as well. I've posted photos of the boat rack on Webshots.

    If you have specific questions, I'll try to help with any info/measurements you need.

    Thanks,
    John
     

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