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January 11, 2011 - 8:09 pm
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I’m looking for some suggestions for bike racks? Camper roof, TV, bumper or hitch.

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if you don’t have a truck, personally, i think it’s always best to have a roof rack. you can also use the rack for other purposes, like cargo, skis/snowboards, building materials and so on.
if you have a popup, i’d go with the pup’s roof as a second choice.
both the TV’s roof and the pup’s roof don’t impact anything else, while a hitch or bumper rack would, like tongue weight.

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January 20, 2011 - 10:44 pm
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Here are pictures of our bike/kayak rack setup.  I can carry 3 bikes and 3 kayaks. 
I didn’t drill holes in the roof since I’m scared :- and it’s ABS so we rachet strap around the sides to the frame.

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JoeCamper, EwwwBugs, 4 kids, 2dogs and whatever else fits in my truck.
04 Dodge Ram 1500, 2010 Coleman Avalon

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I am a 20 year user of http://www.thule.com products.  Some of the equipment I’m still using was on my 1984 Rabbit GTI, and now on my 2004 VW Passat.  I bought some of the equipment in 1990 , and still can use it in 2011.    Our trailblazer gets setup with the crossbars and I carry the gray tank, screen room, and radio flyer ATV wagon. 
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If you only rack up the pup you will not be using the rack for anything else.  Rack up the truck and you take the canoe, bike, wagon, or whatever to the lake!

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I would recommend mounting the bikes on the roof of the TV. They don’t create very much drag and they are completely out of the way during camp setup. They can just stay on the rack until you need to use them.  The kayaks are easier for me to load on the PUP so that’s where they go when heading to the campground. I do have kayak mounts on the TV rack so I can transport them on the TV if I have to take them away from the campground to use them.  I use all Yakima components and with my setup, I can haul kayaks and bikes on either the PUP or TV.

This is my normal setup.
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This is with everything on the TV.
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February 3, 2011 - 10:06 pm
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I always digged your setup on that TB. 
I may invest in the front hitch $234, and already have a swagman 3 bike rack from 1994 in good condition with 10,000 plus miles on it.  Back in 2000,  I carried a MT bike cross country on the back of flat towed jeep wrangler.  Got to ride it in Death Valley, and got the jeep to cruise those trails, and also to the Grand Canyon. 
  I have snowboard attachments, bike trays, ski racks, and {moab basket thingy (locked to bars, but can’t find the key)}.  The trailblazer we own has the 5.3 V8 DOD engine, and is used for commuting as well.  I don’t want to overrack that thing too much. Our daughter is only two so I have a few short years to not worry about the bikes. 

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