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Old 03-08-2020, 10:00 PM   #71
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Has anyone found a rack to carry a tandem on their vans? I’m about to build up a tandem for my wife and I and am in the decision process on a rack to carry it with. There’s no way I’m going to carry it up to the roof so a hitch mounted rack will have to be the route I go with. The problem I have is that I have a lot of bikes and all are a bit unique so finding a rack that can handle all of them is a bit challenging.

I would really like to pick up a 1Up three bike hitch rack but it won’t handle the tandem. I could rig up something to mount the tandem to the 1Up racks I have mounted to my Aluminess box but don’t really want to be driving down the highway with a heavy bike on a jury rigged rack. The rack I am considering is the Draftmaster with one tandem slot and two single bike slots. This would mount to my Kuat swing away rack attachment.

Draftmaster for almost any cycle

Just wondering if there was another option out there I haven’t considered. I may just get the 1Up and buy a Yakima tandem rack for use on our other cars and leave the tandem at home when we take the van out.

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Old 03-09-2020, 11:22 AM   #72
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I used a Yakima hitch rack on the front bumper hitch for mine. Old school rack with the little frame cradles and rubber straps.

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Old 03-17-2020, 04:25 PM   #73
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I found a new option for rear swing out arms, Rigd UltraSwing MegaFit. It is receiver mounted but has a receiver for towing or a bike carrier. I have an inquiry in to them to see how it fits on the E Series.

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Old 03-17-2020, 06:05 PM   #74
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Our tandem rides fine on a Thule hitch rack (arm type, not tray). I take off the front wheel and the bike doesn’t extend beyond the van mirrors. If you need any tandem advice hit me up. We’ve been tandeming since 1994 and I’ve owned and worked on multiple tandems over the years. Currently have two Santana tandems and a Santana triplet.

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