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Greg Gabert, Seminole, Florida
Rear Bike Racks
2019 Ram 3500
2017 Palomino SS-1200
I wanted to move my bike transport to the rear of my camper allowing for the future installation of a winch on the front of my truck.
First, I constructed two-wheel nests from scrap hardwood and attached them to the top of my rear storage locker with 1/4-inch carriage bolts. The lid is split. Under the bikes is my spare LP tank which fuels my generator.
The right nest has spacers to raise the road bike so the handlebars don’t come into contact with each other.
The front wheels of the bikes are removed and axle mounts were attached to the rear wall of the camper with 1/4-inch bolts with inside backing plates. I will be installing an eyelet and chain for security.
I just received a Pro Bike Tool Travel bike cover with a warranty. After reviewing a lot of covers, this one rose to the top of my list. I have to modify it to fit properly without the front wheels and figure it might last a couple of years.
I intend to install a wireless camera to monitor the rear when I’m pulling a boat and the flutter from the cover.
My brother-in-law followed me on a bike outing and stated that he saw no bike movement. So we chalk it up as a success.
It took me four hours to complete this modification and cost me $100. In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is easy.
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