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Bike Rack Recommendation for a RV that Has Rear Mounted Spare Tire on Bumper

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Hi: I am looking for a rack that can carry with easy access two mountain bikes, double suspension, each weighing around 30 pounds. The camper has a 2 inch hitch receiver, which we use to set up a cargo carrier with a box on top of it. As the picture shows, the camper has a spare tire mounted on a bumper attached rack with a single rod/screw holding the tire in place. I am open removing the spare tire and using the available rack, though I am afraid that the two bikes will extend where the cargo carrier/box are located. The ladder in the rear is 11 inches wide 12 at the steps and the railing is 1 in in diameter. The bikes have a somewhat tilted seat stay due to the attachment of the rear suspension specialized stumpjumper and scott genius. The camper is a Tiger, which is assembled on an Astro van 1991. Thanks much.

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The picture you submitted turned out to be an interesting piece of wood, but based on what you described it sounds like a ladder bike rack like the part # LA-102 that you referenced could work well.

But for a bike rack that would work better most likely you should check out the # S80501. This should fit around the spare tire mounted on your rear bumper and provide you with the ability to carry 2 bikes.

If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing a Swagman Easy-Out Women's and Alternative Frame Bike Adapter # 64005 to provide a horizontal top tube on your bikes to provide an attachment point. I attached a review video for this product also. This will allow the bikes to be carried more level and will provide more ground clearance.

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