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RoyBell

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Posted: 07/22/19 04:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have quick disconnects for fork mounts on my TT. I plan on doing something similar with my TH. I throw the front wheels under my front bed or in the bed of my truck. Neither of ours are thru-axle, but I do have hydraulic brakes...

It may not be as cheap of an option, but I would opt for building a "roof rack" and getting some rooftop bike racks that let you leave the front wheel on.

You can use some 2x4s and conduit and attatch the racks to the makeshift roof rack. Fasten/strap it to the floor and you should be golden.

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Posted: 07/22/19 06:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

RoyBell wrote:

It may not be as cheap of an option, but I would opt for building a "roof rack" and getting some rooftop bike racks that let you leave the front wheel on.

You can use some 2x4s and conduit and attatch the racks to the makeshift roof rack. Fasten/strap it to the floor and you should be golden.


The potential problem with this, as the OP can attest to, is that you don't want to mount expensive bikes to roofs where they can be seen and a potential theft target. Now, if you're saying build a makeshift roof style rack that goes inside the trailer, completely different story. I've actually done that and used a PVC "2x4" fencing post with Yakima mounts on it. And that includes using a thru-axle adapter.

I've got a high end Yeti full-suspension MTB, 4" fatbike, hardtail and road bike and looking to buy a dedicated downhill MTB as well (can someone say Angel Fire!!!), none of those bikes are cheap and I'd hate to get them stolen. So finding ways to mount them inside is paramount and it also keeps road grime off them as well. Surprising how easy it is to get direct mounts to something like the PVC board as when the board is wide enough, it is not going anywhere. Take some foam and place between the rear frames of the bikes in case there is any "walking". I've done this in the bed of my truck that had a canopy on it. Same could be done inside a TH although I'd probably take motorcycle straps and secure the "lot" to avoid the trailer bouncing.

I did notice that this thread is a number of months older, someone may find useful info out of it.


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Yes, I meant mount to the floor of the camper, not to the vehicle. I have my on the bottom of the dinette seats. I drop the table, flip the bench boards over and attach the bike's. It's kind if a pain getting the bikes in a TT but it keeps them out of the elements. The kids cheapo bikes go on the roof of my truck then.

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I made this today. I couldn't find anything cost effective so this is what it will be for now! It fits all of my bikes and my friend's bikes just nicely.

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This is what I was going to suggest, was just struggling with how to describe it without pictures. Looks awesome!

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I have a $12,000 plus other bikes that are about half that value. Is why I have RV too.

With toy hauler I assume you have that garage area to utilize.
If you can mount them to the wall using fork mounts this is the best way, it keeps them off the floor, freeing up that space too. There are special mounting boards made for this, or you can use a 3/4 inch board along the wall and use that as the base for the fork mounts. I have used Unistrut on the wall in my trailer. Unistrut is great, it makes the fork mounts adjustable, and you can mount a lot of things into Unistrut. Unistrut is common across the nation and world. You can get an aluminum version also.
You mount the fork mount at an angle so the flat handlebars will be staggered and not touch. Road bars complicate things.

In a camper once, I just bolted the fork mount directly to the floor.

Use a strap or velcro strap to tie the front wheel to the bike.

Some of the demo bike trucks or trailers will just use moving blankets and stack the bikes leaning on each other. This is safe and much quicker than removing wheels and mounting forks.

The best method is the fork mount though.

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Odd seeing this today as we had the same problem a few years ago. I think my answer was much easier there is nothing to move in and out. We simply use the tie downs in the floor and one strap on each end of the handle bar just like we do with the dirt bikes in the bak of the truck. I butted the front wheel up against the back door and three bikes fit there with the tie downs. The other two bikes I butted up against the wall. Never had a problem and the bikes don't move.

We have done the same with ATVs in the trailer and just used the ATVs as tie down points or as one side. We just slightly compress the front shocks and it holds fine.

Just an idea.

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ajriding wrote:

I have a $12,000 plus other bikes that are about half that value. Is why I have RV too.

With toy hauler I assume you have that garage area to utilize.
If you can mount them to the wall using fork mounts this is the best way, it keeps them off the floor, freeing up that space too. There are special mounting boards made for this, or you can use a 3/4 inch board along the wall and use that as the base for the fork mounts. I have used Unistrut on the wall in my trailer. Unistrut is great, it makes the fork mounts adjustable, and you can mount a lot of things into Unistrut. Unistrut is common across the nation and world. You can get an aluminum version also.
You mount the fork mount at an angle so the flat handlebars will be staggered and not touch. Road bars complicate things.

In a camper once, I just bolted the fork mount directly to the floor.

Use a strap or velcro strap to tie the front wheel to the bike.

Some of the demo bike trucks or trailers will just use moving blankets and stack the bikes leaning on each other. This is safe and much quicker than removing wheels and mounting forks.

The best method is the fork mount though.


You didn't read the post. I don't and didn't ever want to remove wheels from bikes. Nobody is strapping a front wheel to a carbon fiber frame, that is a good way to remove the paint and maybe damage the carbon even deeper than that.

I would have been happy to pay a thousand dollars for an efficient way to mount bicycles, but I never found anything I liked. My bikes are worth more than my 5th wheel, so it's very important to me that they are well protected during the trip.

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