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Bike Solutions For Truck Campers

Readers tell us how they bring bikes with them when they go truck camping.  Readers also share their bike storage solutions.

“We have two Dahon folding bikes that fit behind the front seat and can be unfolded and ready for use in less than a minute.” – Dave Neumann, 2010 Toyota Tundra, 2011 Adventurer 80GS


“We love to camp with our bikes!  We have a Swagman carrier that we first used when we took a 3,500 cross country trip.  Even when they closed the highway because of the wind, the Swagman kept our bikes secure and rock solid.  We like the set in for the tires and we mount ours on the front of the truck.  It’s a great way to explore local areas without losing a campsite or dropping the camper.” – John and Laurie Pedrick, 2010 Dodge 3500, 2012 Adventurer 86FB

“I installed a front mount receiver and use a bike rack made by Saris.  It is a single pole rack.  I cut approximately six inches off the bottom to lower all the bikes.  This gives us better visibility over the hood.  We carry up to four bikes up front and I pull the seats off of three.  This keeps them out of our sight line and also dry if it rains.  The only downside is headlight glare off the bike rims when we drive at night.  Otherwise this set-up works great!” – Mike Herring, 2010 Chevy Silverado 2500, 2003 Elkhorn 8R


“Most of the Four Wheel Campers have a flush fit in the rear of the truck bed, so hanging the bikes on a rear hitch receiver rack seems to work well.


Bike racks are also available in a swing out version that will allow you to be able to swing the bike out of the way for easy entry in and out of the camper.” – Stan Kennedy, Four Wheel Campers

bike-rack-kelly“I have a Yakima hitch rack.  After you pull a pin and undo a hand bolt, it swings away giving access to the door (with steps) without unloading the bikes or the rack.  It’s very easy and convenient to use.” – Bart Kelly, 2003 GMC 2500, Fleetwood Elkhorn

“We have a bike rack either attached to the front hitch or, if we are not pulling a trailer, at the back of our rig using the Torklift SuperHitch extension.  Sometimes we just throw the bikes in one of the trailers we might bring.” – Elliot Geoeneveld, 2011 Dodge Ram 3500, 2011 Arctic Fox 1150

“We have a bike rack with an extension that is installed in the truck’s receiver.  We measured the extension (and added a bit) in order to be sure that we could open the door when the bikes are loaded.  We move the step to the right hand location and are able to enter and exit without trouble.” – Carol Bowman, 2005 Dodge 3500, 2003 Lance 1130

“We have a receiver mount with soft case wrap around the bike.  My wife has ridden road bikes for about thirty years, so where she goes, her bike goes.” – Bill Peters, 2013 Chevy Silverado 1500, 2013 Four Wheel Hawk

“We have folding bikes.  We put pads around them and they go in the camper isle.  It’s the only way to go.” – Patrick Seals, 2002 Dodge Ram, 2014 Jayco 154

“We have two Rocky Mounts on the back of the camper; one on each side of the door.” – Chuck Pearson, 2008 Chevrolet Silverado, 2013 Hallmark K2


“The first trip with my bike I attached the bike frame to the ladder on the back of the Lance.  I had to remove both wheels and lower the seat so nothing would extend beyond the side of the rig, or hamper access to the door.  The wheels were then stored in the back seat of the truck.


Cushioning material (pipe insulation tubing) was secured to the lowest step, and the third and fourth steps.  Then the bicycle frame was secured with the rear dropouts to the fourth padded step, with the seat facing the door.


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