Anyone have any suggestions on how to carry the bikes to the park? We have 5 total (2 adult bikes and 3 kids bikes). Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.
Install a hitch and get a bike hitch mount rack. You can get some that hold up to 5 bikes. Or, you could install a roof mount and mount some up there. Or, you do a combination of both including putting some in the back of the van. Do not bother with the type that uses straps, the plastic piece at the top of the tailgate will not support the weight.Anyone have any suggestions on how to carry the bikes to the park? We have 5 total (2 adult bikes and 3 kids bikes). Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.
We used this rack on our 2000 Ody - worked great! Still have the rack but no hitch on the new Ody....rack is for sale if anyone is interestedDThule makes a platform hitch that fits into a 2" receiver hitch. It holds 4 bikes and folds out of the way to allow access to the hatch. The bike holder is quick, secure and easy to use. It is expensive though. I'd dismiss the roof rack idea, I find it hard to get 2 bikes up and down (never mind 4) and there is a 15 - 20% fuel economy penalty as well.
our yakima hitch rack (folds down to open trunk) hold 4 bikes. i'd throw the last one in the trunk (easy to do for the kids bike or even adult bike if you pull off the wheels.Anyone have any suggestions on how to carry the bikes to the park? We have 5 total (2 adult bikes and 3 kids bikes). Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.
Can someone provide some links?
Is it possible to add a hitch (by myself) to the van without the whole tow package?
Might also want to consider the platform style receiver bike rack. Easy to put bikes on and off and all of the bikes rest securely at the same angle without need to bungee the front wheels so they don't bang into the car or the other bikes. More expensive though.Not sure if you're looking for links to the carriers or for hitches, but here's the link to the bike carrier we have:
Simple to put on the car and take off, built extremely well.
As for the hitches, we went with the Honda version because of the clean look and no future warranty/resale issues of a hitch without the ATF Cooler.
Love the color, I wish you could get the 4th gen in it.Here are pics of my Yakima rack when I had the 2nd gen ody. It would swing away fully loaded so that I could access the hatch. This is one feature I could do without. Just another consideration.
Yep, we were loaded and on our annual camping trip to the Pinery, an Ontario provincial park on the shores of Lake Huron. Beautiful spot with lots of sand dunes. Forgot to mention that the van was also equipped with air lifts to keep the rear end from bottoming out.Love the color, I wish you could get the 4th gen in it.
That's quite the load, I see a lot of Ody's (and others) loaded down heading north on I-95 to do some biking and camping here in Maine.