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Old 01-02-2018, 03:38 PM   #1
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Ladder bike rack

I have a 2017 Windsport 31s just bought a ladder bike rack. What is the best way to prevent the handlebars from hitting the rear body cap, the only solution I see is to loosen the gooseneck on the bike and twist the handlebars vertically!!!!,!,
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Old 01-02-2018, 03:50 PM   #2
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I have a 2017 Windsport 31s just bought a ladder bike rack. What is the best way to prevent the handlebars from hitting the rear body cap, the only solution I see is to loosen the gooseneck on the bike and twist the handlebars vertically!!!!,!,
That's exactly what I do with my 2 bikes
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Old 01-02-2018, 03:50 PM   #3
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Old 01-02-2018, 04:45 PM   #4
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Just don't leave it loose enough, that somebody walks off with your handlebars.
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Old 01-02-2018, 06:22 PM   #5
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A bit of advice with a ladder rack bike rack, make sure the bikes do not move and bounce around while traveling, the constant movement will stress crack the aluminum ladder rails and loosen the screws where it is attached to the roof and back of the MH. I personally prefer either a rear bumper mount or one that bolts into the receiver, but of course if you are towing, then the receiver is being used.
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Old 01-02-2018, 06:47 PM   #6
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A bit of advice with a ladder rack bike rack, make sure the bikes do not move and bounce around while traveling, the constant movement will stress crack the aluminum ladder rails and loosen the screws where it is attached to the roof and back of the MH. I personally prefer either a rear bumper mount or one that bolts into the receiver, but of course if you are towing, then the receiver is being used.
I have used the ladder bike rack for over a year with no issues and do check mounts before each trip with that said I am moving over to a hitch bike rack as I feel it is more stable and I don't have to remove bikes and rack to acess roof from ladder
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Old 01-02-2018, 07:00 PM   #7
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I'd caution against loosening any aluminum part on a bike on a regular basis. It's a good way to have a stem or handlebar failure which leads to catastrophic accidents. I've seen friends go down hard from stem or handlebar failures, and it's not pretty.

Obviously if you have a bike with steel components or extremely heavy-duty parts you may get away with it for a while. The more expensive (light) the bike the less you'd probably want to do it.

Just my 2 cents
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Old 01-02-2018, 09:08 PM   #8
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We decided on a dual hitch mount so we can add a hitch mount bike rack and tow our Cherokee. It has worked out very well for us so far.

We have had some interesting issues using our ladder (it seems to sag under even my wife's 120 lbs. when she climbs it) and our Flag Pole Buddy uses the ladder mounts as well. So, just our personal choice... no ladder bike rack.
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