When it comes to people who love the outdoors, nothing says adventure like an RV loaded up with camping supplies and bicycles attached at the rear. RVs and bikes are the perfect match—your RV shelters you at night, while your bicycle is there for you to get around during the day. After all, there’s no better way to start your days at the campground than by taking a bike ride to enjoy the sights. But before heading out, you need to get a bike rack that’s compatible with your RV and designed to carry your particular bicycles.
With so many fun and useful RV accessories in Eugene, OR to choose from, if you’re a bicyclist, make it a priority to get a quality bike carrier. To help you out, here are some good questions to ask yourself to determine the best bike rack for your RV.
How many bikes do you plan on taking?
Although the number of bikes you end up taking on each trip may vary, it’s good to have a general idea so you can get the right size rack. The average RV bicycle rack will safely hold two to four bikes, assuming that the rack is compatible with your RV and the rack and bikes are properly attached. But carrying two bikes is very different from carrying six, and a single bike may not warrant a rack at all. Knowing the number of bikes you might be likely to bring narrows things down a bit to make choosing a new mount easier.
Does your RV have a tow hitch?
Sure, you can secure your bicycles to a back ladder or bumper mount, but these sorts of setups are typically only sturdy enough to carry one or two bikes. If you have a towing attachment, you can use an easy-to-connect hitch mount to carry up to three bicycles. The best part about this option is that it can be detached and used on the back of your car, truck or SUV. So if you’re taking a vehicle on your travels, simply attach the hitch mount to it, leave your RV at the campsite and then transport your bikes through tighter areas to reach an ideal biking location.
How often will you want to access your bicycles?
Something else to consider is how often you will be accessing your bikes. If your goal is to go straight to your vacation destination with no biking excursion stops along the way, then keeping them higher up and out of the way is fine. Go ahead and attach them to a ladder or roof mount, but know that access will be challenging. However, if you plan to use your bike a lot, you will want to store it on a spare tire, bumper or hitch mount—in other words, racks that sit lower on the RV—for quicker unloading.
Whether you need tow hitch or trailer services or you’re in the market for a new bike rack or other RV accessories in Eugene, OR, you will find everything you need at Ron’s Hitch N Tow. Pay us a visit today!