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Old 06-21-2019, 03:36 PM   #21
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The word “garage” can be very misleading in these threads because an outside storage compartment large enough for bikes under living space (garage to British) is very different than a toy hauler garage to us in US.

There are a lot of American motorhomes with large rear storage compartments under the beds, but what makes them a “bike garage” to me is when the compartment is tall enough to haul bikes upright (without having to lay on sides). That seems to be what Europeans also call a garage, which are at least 1-meter tall (a minimum of about 39 inches of clear height).

A flat “bike garage” floor is also very common in Europe, but in US manufacturers often leave the chassis frame rails (or frame extensions) running right through compartment, easily losing up to 10 inches of storage height.

My engineering guess is that US manufacturers feel that in addition to saving cost, they need straight chassis rails to increase ground clearance at back of large motorhomes with long rear overhangs so they don’t drag on pavement, and also to increase towing capacity. In smaller European motorhomes, neither of these issues is nearly as much of a problem.

If Thor or any other RV manufacturer is going to design a compact motorhome with a proper “bike-size” garage, they need to make it a design priority from the onset, not just an afterthought.
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Old 06-21-2019, 03:53 PM   #22
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How about if we call them a "closet"?
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Old 06-21-2019, 04:38 PM   #23
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The space referred to as a garage on the Hymer Modern Comfort I is significantly different than what Thor has on the Outlaw 37RB or the 38MB. The 37 does have a bed space above the garage called the sky bunk and off the garage is a fold down patio. The 38 "garage" is also another bedroom option with sofa and TV and that fold down patio. Altogether it's just too big for me. Go to Hymer.com and take a look at the garage on the HYMERs. On their website just select motorhomes, then I recommend you click on Hymermobil B-Class ModernComfort I. When you get to that page, click on Image Gallery, and then Exterior view & stowage compartments. It's not huge but it is really nice.
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Old 06-21-2019, 05:10 PM   #24
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Hymers and bike garages have been discussed numerous times in different threads.

I specifically recall discussing that motorhome with the dual floor. If you do a forum search, you’ll find many references to Hymer motorhomes and bike garages.

These motorhomes are much roomier than a van, but with footprints that are not much larger. They fill in the gap between vans and traditional Class As nicely.
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Old 06-21-2019, 05:44 PM   #25
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My issue is I'm looking for a full time rig for retirement and I do not like to settle for acceptable when outstanding is out there. As long as I can't get a Hymer, the Thor RUVs are in the lead. Current front runner is the Vegas 25.6
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Old 06-21-2019, 05:45 PM   #26
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It looks like to me that you have to remove the tires to install in this bike garage, well I can fit two bikes upright with tires removed in my rw28 if I wanted to. Just don't have the slide standard.

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Old 06-21-2019, 05:47 PM   #27
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My issue is I'm looking for a full time rig for retirement and I do not like to settle for acceptable when outstanding is out there. As long as I can't get a Hymer, the Thor RUVs are in the lead. Current front runner is the Vegas 25.6
Just remember: More than half of the fun, is in the shopping...
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