|Drivers of large & tall vehicles - How do you get your||Fez|
Aug 11, 2002 6:52 AM
|bikes on and off the roof? Do you just step on the doorsill and grab the bike or do you carry a compact step ladder in your vehicle?
Does your roof and car paintjob take a beating from using a roofrack system?
I currently carry the bikes inside, but I was wondering if either the car or the bikes take a beating from being transported on the roof. A hitch mounted rack is NOT an option for me.
|re: Drivers of large & tall vehicles - How do you get your||PhatMatt|
Aug 11, 2002 7:02 AM
|When I had a roof rack it did nto do anything to the paint on my car(yakimam) In my truck I swiched to a hitch rack (ROK 4) and I love it. It carries 4 bike very secure. What I have seen is most people have a small step ladder.
|re: Drivers of large & tall vehicles - How do you get your||WCC|
Aug 11, 2002 8:15 AM
|I have an Expedition with a roof rack. My vehicle has running boards that I step on. I am 6ft tall, any shorter and it might be a problem. It is quite high. No major scratches so far. You do have to be careful that you dont fall or drop the bike.|
|re: Drivers of large & tall vehicles - How do you get your||akatdog|
Aug 11, 2002 8:37 AM
|I use a hitch rack currently but I'm also thinking of adding a roof rack to the Suburban to take more team bikes. There are a couple of companies that make steps that either mount to the underside of the body and fold up underneath or I've seen a removable one that wraps over a wheel. Whatever you decide remember to avoid low overhead train bridges, parking garages, your own garage and car washes because I've heard a few paint scratches is nothing compared to the sound of metal wrenching apart overhead.
|re: Drivers of large & tall vehicles - How do you get your||jtolleson|
Aug 11, 2002 10:18 AM
|I stand inside the door... and yes, I've dinged the roof. The primary culprit has been dropping the fork onto the roof and making small scratches. Definitely a less than ideal set up, which is why our other vehicle has a hitch mounted rack, which we LOVE for a lot of reasons.|
|If there is any way you can manage room inside.||Spoke Wrench|
Aug 11, 2002 10:47 AM
|anything else is a distant, distant second choice. Inside the bikes are safe from rain, bugs and road grime; I feel that they are a little more secure; and they are usually easier to load and unload. I miss my minivan.
I don't like the older style hitch racks because it seems the bikes can swing and bang against each other too much. I like some of the newer ones, where the bikes mount similar to a roof rack, better.
I've been using a Thule roof rack for the last 4 years or so, but my Saturn sedan isn't very tall. I don't have any trouble loading our tandem onto the roof rack by myself.
|Why not tow a small crane behind the truck...||NJRoad|
Aug 12, 2002 6:43 AM
|or maybe the SUVs will keep getting bigger and you can carry them in the console between the passenger seats where the along side the DVD player and SONY Playstation.|
|Why not tow a small crane behind the truck...||akatdog|
Aug 13, 2002 12:06 AM
|Hey I think thats the setup in the new Excursion. LOL the bike goes next to the wet bar.