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Compatibility of E-bike Platform Rack with The Gateway by Monday Motorbikes

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Thank you for getting back to me. I am replying directly to you because I have much more information, and because I am extremely frustrated! Not with you personally, but with conflicting information on the etrailer website and elsewhere. Please let me explain. The Monday Motorcycle Gateway model weighs approximately 66 lbs, so with the 13 lb battery removed, below 60 lbs -- so far so good. The vehicle I want to put the rack on is a Winnebago Trend motorhome which has a 1.25" hitch rated for 200 lbs vertical load. Your website has a green checkmark next to motorhome for the Swagman Current model, so you would think I would be good to go. But here is problem #1. Before I noticed that green checkmark I emailed Swagman and asked them if the Current model was RV rated. I got a reply from their customer service that says "NO!" contradicting the info on your site. I can forward that to you if you would like to see it. (I have pasted the text below at the end.) Because of that info from Swagman I started considering the Easyfold XT2 model from Thule, which also has a green checkmark next to motorhome on your website. Here is where problem #2 comes in. In the Q & A for that Thule model on your website, question ID# 297695 also says it is RV rated, BUT question id# 211117 contradicts that, saying it is not RV rated. Note also that REI.com website also states that the Thule Easyfold is not RV rated. So, that is two No answers and two yes answers, with one of the no answers being in your Q&A and contradicting your own website info. Problem #3 is, if both of the above racks are now out of consideration, I have looked and looked and I cannot find any rack, anywhere, that fits a 1.25" hitch, is RV rated, and will hold two ebikes weighing 50-60 lbs each. HELP!! Seriously, can you clear up all this confusion? Can you guys use your clout to get somebody like Swagman, Allen Sports in MA (they have one that almost works, handles 40 per bike IIIRC) to beef up a rack for this purpose? I know from Googling that I'm not the only RV owner with a 1.25" hitch and this exact problem. Thank you.

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The Gateway by Monday Motorbikes has 4 inch wide tires but I can't find information on the overall weight. I see the battery is 13 lbs, and I recommend removing that for transporting if that gets you within the rack parameters.

The Swagman Current 2 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting # S64678 you asked about is rated for up to 60 lbs per bike so it very well could work depending on the Gateway's weight. We have one rack that is rated higher in the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE # HLY74FR. This is rated for up to 80 lbs per bike.

With hooks like you pointed out, you would need to use a bike adapter bar between the round part of the seat post frame and the handlebars for the hook to latch onto. I recommend Swagman # 64005 and have linked a video to assist.

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Hi, could you please take a look at this ebike frame link at end and tell me if you see a way this Swagman rack could accommodate a pair of them? I dont understand how the hooks will hold down the frame. Thank you. the-gateway-by-monday-motorbikes

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Thank for following up. The issue that is frustrating is the term RV is used too loosely. People including our staff use it to describe motorhomes, travel trailers, and 5th wheel trailers. This normally is no big deal, but bike racks are rated differently for all three of those so I apologize for the confusion we have added to. Travel trailers get the most sway causing the most abuse to a bike rack, followed by 5th wheel trailers, and motorhomes being the least but still substantially more than a standard vehicle due to rear axle placement and size.

We have worked diligently with manufacturers to specify the actual ratings for each bike rack as you saw with the green checkmark. There are definitely limited options when it comes to 1-1/4 inch receivers and the weights you specify and then adding motorhome use narrows that further.

The Thule EasyFold XT 2 E-Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Frame Mount # TH903202 and the Swagman Current # S64678 have both been confirmed for Motorhome use but not for all "RV" use as neither are rated for 5th wheel trailer or travel trailer use.

I hope this provides the clarity you need. I wouldn't hesitate to use either option as they are both great bike racks with different perks to their design.

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