I recently purchased a fold-down/pop-up camper. I also have two bikes for my wife and I. I have a camping trip planned and am trying to figure out a way to transport my bikes. I do not believe there is enough room between the spare tire and the jack on the camper to mount a bike rack, as shown in the photos.
stay away from anything that hooks/bolts onto your rear(popup) bumper, they aren't designed for the weight/stress caused-especially if you already have a spare tire there(that's about all those bumpers are rated for) camping works(and others i'm sure) sell ones like this.Danik Industries Ltd - Aluminum Pop-Up Bike Carrier - Bike Racks - Camping World
was thinking of putting on my pickup cap instead of hauling them inside the trailer, but don't always take em and the price is a little high for part time use.
+1. that's a small trailer home. Camping is done with or without tents! Of course, this is also why my wife will never go camping with me though.
correct, forgot, i don't camp, i RV. my idea of roughing it is using the antenna instead of the dish. i did the tent thing when i worked for Uncle Sugar and got paid for it, and once again after that-didn't care for it either time. if i was 35 yrs younger you might get me to use the OP's popup-but at my age, forget it-like my creature comforts.
Try and find a bike rack you can bolt to the camper rear bumper.
x2 I personally have seen bike racks on a receiver type of mount on the rear of camper.
Would be very cautious about anything mounted to the top of the camper---they are not really designed for mounting anything to it---IMO. Structurally think it creates a week link that it was not designed for and MAY eventually leak--and nothing is worse when camping than having leaks.
No, but really: In a pinch, you could just give up and bungie the bikes to the top of your roll cage, or if you don't feel like going topless: just open the back flap and have part of the bikes inside, and part of them hanging out.
Buying some roof rails off a Ford Explorer in the junkyard. Get on craigslist and get the Yakima bike rack components for a Ford Explorer. The components you'll need can be looked up on yakima.com...figure out the PN's and go. I don't know about your area, but this could be done any day of the week here....but Yakima/Thule stuff is very popular due to skiing and biking here.
Second option is to have a hitch welded on the back of the camper. 12" Long 2" Standard Receiver Tube
If you can't weld/fabricate yourself, then get on craigslist and look for small-time welders in your area willing to take on the project. They'll weld it into the frame and you'll have a place to attach your bikes via a hitch rack.
we have a pop-up and just solved this problem ourselves. my hubby installed a class I hitch to the rear bumper of our pop-up so we could mount our bike rack.
wish you luck with that. tell hubby to keep an eye on bumper for any stress cracks. if you can, tie it (up high) to the back of the camper to keep it from flexing. if in doubt, check with mfg of the popup and see what they say-will usually have a 150(or there abouts)pound limit-bout what a spare tire and mount will weigh with a little left over. and/or research it on rv.net.
...Would be very cautious about anything mounted to the top of the camper---they are not really designed for mounting anything to it---IMO. Structurally think it creates a week link that it was not designed for and MAY eventually leak...
I used to own and use a camper for may years and it was quite capable of carrying stuff on top, like air conditioners and my bikes. Many RV dealers will install them. Obviously it is not recommended to crank the roof up with bikes, etc. up there, though. Quality campers have very solid roofs. That's actually one the of benefits of a popup camper, they are low enough to allow bikes, canoes, kayaks, etc. to be carried without fear of hitting underpasses, etc.