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Recommended Bike Carrier That Allows Rear Cargo Door Access On Pleasure-Way Camper Van

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Need a bike rack for PleasureWay camper van class B. Wed like the following: fits womens bikes fits bikes with fenders designed to slide away/tilt from rear door without having to dismount. Thank you!

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There are two bike racks that may work for you and they are the Saris Freedom 4 Bike Platform Rack - 2" Hitches - Frame Mount - Tilting # SA4414B and the Thule Apex Swing XT Bike Rack for 4 Bikes - 2" Hitches - Swinging # TH9027XT. The Thule Apex is the one I recommend but I'll explain both options for you.

The Saris Freedom can hold 4 bikes of various frame designs. It uses adjustable rubber cradles that attach to the bike frame, making it compatible with basically any frame design including women's bikes; it also works with bikes that have fenders or baskets. It has a tilting mechanism that allows trunk access on most vehicles, however, if your camper van has wide swinging doors then there could be some interference as we have not tested this bike rack on that specific vehicle.

The Thule Apex can also hold 4 bikes; for women's bikes you will want to use Adapter Bar # TH982XT on this bike rack. This carrier is compatible with bikes that have fenders or baskets so you won't have an issue there. This has a swinging mechanism to gain access to the trunk on most vehicles. It will let you open the rear cargo doors but it is very likely that the passenger side cargo door will not be able to open all the way back, but you will still be able to open it most of the way; the left door will open all the way. I think this is the better option as the Saris tilting bike rack will be more difficult to lift up when bikes are loaded and it likely won't provide as much rear door access as this Thule Apex will provide. I attached demonstration videos for you to check out.

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