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Drivers of large & tall vehicles - How do you get your(8 posts)

Drivers of large & tall vehicles - How do you get yourFez
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 yourPhatMatt
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 yourWCC
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 yourakatdog
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.

ride on
re: Drivers of large & tall vehicles - How do you get yourjtolleson
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.

Ride on