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JoeChiOhki

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Here's my review on a swing away two bike locking hitch based bike rack that I used in the past with my camper:

New Swing away Bike rack for Behind the Camper


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In our situation, a swing-away rack wasn't ideal (we already have a North Shore Rack, which also gets out of the way...). We didn't like having the bikes hang that extra length off the back, on an already long rig. Also, we use a hitch-step, not stairs, so access to the camper is much harder with a bike rack plugged in

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Thanks for all the replies! Great information so far.
In my situation, the entry door to the camper is on the side of the camper. So I don't have a concern about the bicycles obstructing entry. But if I mount them on the back, the rear slide out hitting the bicycles is a concern. If the bicycles are mounted low low enough to clear the slide when it opens, they could hit the ground on a steep approach, if they are high enough to clear the ground in any situation, the slide will hit them when it opens. So something movable would be necessary.


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Posted: 07/13/22 07:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

JoeChiOhki wrote:

Here's my review on a swing away two bike locking hitch based bike rack that I used in the past with my camper:

New Swing away Bike rack for Behind the Camper


Matt, mine swings the bikes out and around the corner of the camper to the side. I got a new Yakima swing away for 300 bucks because only the carton was damaged. I get lucky once in awhile.

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3 pages of expensive ideas when a $79.99 ladder bike rack would work?


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covered wagon wrote:

JoeChiOhki wrote:

Here's my review on a swing away two bike locking hitch based bike rack that I used in the past with my camper:

New Swing away Bike rack for Behind the Camper


Matt, mine swings the bikes out and around the corner of the camper to the side. I got a new Yakima swing away for 300 bucks because only the carton was damaged. I get lucky once in awhile.


Yup, I paid $225 new at the time I bought it back in 2012, that one ironically is only about $60 more new than it was then, and its an American made bike rack, which is impressive for the price.

I still have it, and am planning to likely modify it to extend the length of the swing arm a bit to allow it to completely swing away from the rear of the camper to allow the snap-n-nap bed to extend.

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Grit dog wrote:

3 pages of expensive ideas when a $79.99 ladder bike rack would work?

The ladder is mounted to the rear slide and uses the large diameter tubing. Heavier e-bikes are not an option with a ladder rack and even hanging regular bikes off your slide really is not advised.


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Grit dog wrote:

3 pages of expensive ideas when a $79.99 ladder bike rack would work?


I tried a ladder rack and it absolutely did not work with our modern mountain bike frames.
It was very intrusive, too, as we regularly use the ladder to access our roof racks.

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JoeChiOhki wrote:

covered wagon wrote:

JoeChiOhki wrote:

Here's my review on a swing away two bike locking hitch based bike rack that I used in the past with my camper:

New Swing away Bike rack for Behind the Camper


Matt, mine swings the bikes out and around the corner of the camper to the side. I got a new Yakima swing away for 300 bucks because only the carton was damaged. I get lucky once in awhile.


Yup, I paid $225 new at the time I bought it back in 2012, that one ironically is only about $60 more new than it was then, and its an American made bike rack, which is impressive for the price.

I still have it, and am planning to likely modify it to extend the length of the swing arm a bit to allow it to completely swing away from the rear of the camper to allow the snap-n-nap bed to extend.


I had a fabricator modify mine so both bikes would go around the corner of the camper instead of just the one. For some reason bicycling in the mountains seems easier and more fun.

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Maybe I'm wringing my hands over nothing, but these Schwinntech slides are known for problems. My ladder is mounted on the rear slide. I just don't like the idea of hanging a couple hundred pounds on it and having it bounce up and down for thousands of miles, possibly stressing the slide components.

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