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Hitch Bike Rack Recommendation for 2016 Winnebago View Class C Motorhome

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Will the KUAT Sherpa 2.0 hitch bike rack fit on a 2016 Winnebago View that is on a Mercedes Sprinter chassis? If not, can you explain why it wont fit and if modifications to the hitch may correct the problem? Thanks

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I have a bike rack that will work for you, but I cannot recommend the Kuat Sherpa # SH22G for use on your 2016 Winnebago View. Kuat does not approve the use of their Sherpa 2.0 - or other bike racks - on motorhomes or camper trailers. A bike rack is put under a lot more torque and stress when used at the back of a motorhome or camper when compared to being used on a vehicle. Kuat has not tested and designed their bike racks for use under these more strenuous environments. There are not modifications that can be made that would make the bike rack approved for use on a motorhome.

For a bike rack designed to perform well on the back of your Winnebago View, I recommend the Swagman Escapee 2 Bike Platform Rack # S64693 because it is a similar style rack to the Sherpa. The Escapee rack mounts the bikes by the wheels, like the Sherpa, so that the rack is not contacting the bike rack's paint. This bike rack fits a wide variety of bikes, so it is great for everything from mountain bikes to road bikes to children's bike. I have linked a review video of this bike rack for you to check out.

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Great answer. The Swagman was next on my list to consider. One question about the Swagman. We have Trek Verve +2 e-bikes and they have small front fenders which protrude maybe an inch into the 12 o'clock position on the front tire. Will the arm on the Swagman lock onto the front tire without damaging the fenders?

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Fenders are definitely another thing to consider when choosing the bike rack. Since your Trek Verve +2 E-Bikes have a front fender, the Swagman Escapee won't properly secure the bikes unless the front fenders are removed. The upright arm needs to be installed just in front of the front fork, but the fender prevents this.

For a rack that is approved for use on your motorhome, has the capacity to carry your e-bikes, and will work with your bikes' fenders, I recommend the Swagman E-Spec Electric Bike Rack # S94FR. It will hold your bikes' wheels in cradles, but has a hook that secures the bike closer to the center at a top tube. Since your bikes are a step-though design, it would require the use of an adapter bar like the Swagman Deluxe Bike Frame Adapter Bar # 64005 or the Hollywood Racks Bike Frame Adapter Bar # HRBA-PRO for the rack's upright arm to secure your bikes.

Using a setup with the E-Spec does require more pieces, but it will allow you properly secure your bikes and retain the front bike fenders.

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