Carrying bikes on your Caravan, Camper or RV

We purchased 2 bikes about 12 months ago.  Then were faced with the problem of how to transport them safely and securely along with everything else without compromising load limits. 
There are many types of bike racks suited for use on a caravan, camper, roof rack or tow vehicle ball and all in differing price brackets to add further confusion. 

We opted for a double rack with Velcro straps fitted to the rear bumper of the caravan.   A cheaper option we thought, till we had to have a special mount bracket manufactured to fit the bar.  To compensate for the added weight right at the exterior of the van we placed some heavier items in the front boot of the caravan.  It seemed to work and we noticed no adverse towing reactions.

This option proved time consuming loading and unloading bikes with a number of stretchy straps to hold the bikes stable while travelling.  They still touched together at times causing scratching of paint work with front wheels spinning while travelling unless they too, were secured separately.

Then one day when we had only travelled about 30ks we got out to find the bike rack had collapsed to horizontal position and the bikes where almost dragging on the road.  We were very lucky that we had stopped or we would have lost both bikes. 
We found a welder on a Saturday morning and had the bracket straightened and strengthened.  More cost but this setup was still a pain in the neck.
At the very next park we visited, low and behold, a van checking out at the time had 2 bikes mounted on the A Frame of their van.   The manufacturer was GripSport, a Melbourne Company that makes custom racks for caravans, campers and RV’s.  We telephoned, booked the van in, detoured to Melbourne and had one custom fitted on the A Frame above our 2 LPG bottles and storage mesh floor.  It’s the bee’s knees.  The bikes can be placed on or taken off in 30 seconds.  The rack fits on to the welded mount and can be padlocked, or removed if you are not using it.  We still have full access to the van front boot with the bikes off.  The bikes are also securely lock chained.

GripSport makes life so much more enjoyable, no arguments, not a stretchy strap in sight. You can even see the bikes in the rear view mirror when travelling.  GripSport ship Australia wide.

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