Bike racks are a great accessory to add to your motorhome, especially if you take your bikes away with you on your RV adventures. However, it is really important to remember that not all bike racks suit all RV's and you will need to choose a rack that fits your vehicle. Here are some questions to consider when choosing a bike rack.
Choosing a bike rack for your RV
Do you have double doors, a spare wheel or a large window on the back of your vehicle? You need to choose a bike rack that works with doors and existing windows so your motorhome is still accessible when the bike rack is mounted. Ensure your walls are load bearing if you are opting for a wall mounted bike rack, where there is no risk drilling through electrical wiring or plumbing pipes.
Number of Bikes
The majority of bike racks are capable of carrying 2-3 bikes, while others can carry up to four. Of course, there are bike racks available which can offer storage for more bikes but these are less common. Once you decide how many bikes you will be using, you will be able to narrow down your search.
Bikes come in a variety of shapes and forms, from traditional bikes to mountain bikes and even E-bikes. Learn the weight and shape of your bike and assess if all bikes will be the same size and style or if they will differ. Bike racks have weight limitations so you need to be aware of your weight load.
Mounting and removing a bike can be hard work, especially if your bike rack is designed for taller people (ie: ladder racks) or for the younger generation. Consider the weight of your bikes and the bike rack and ensure it is installed at the correct height. Do you have the ability to lift it and will you be loading and unloading the bikes/bike rack on your own?
For an option that is easy to use, the Thule Lift range is a versatile design that practical, easily operated and less physical, compared to standard bike racks. The answers to these questions will help you to narrow down your bike search. Bike racks need to work with your vehicle, your bikes and your personal preferences so it's important to do your own research and make sure your bike rack suits all your needs.
Thule Lift V16 Bike Rack - Manual Lift (2-3 Bikes)
Special Price $439.00 Regular Price $499.00