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Bicycle carrier

When I get my Canyon I'd like to get a tonneau cover for it. I'd like a hard tonneau that is easy to remove. I'd also like to get some kind of bicycle carrier. I don't want a hitch mounted carrier because I want to keep the hitch available if I need it to tow my camper when I go camping. Do they make a bicycle carrier that can be mounted on top of a tonneau cover?
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Mount a hitch on the back of the camper for the bicycles. Now you can put them there if the camper is attached to the truck or put them on the back of the truck without the camper.

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Mount a hitch on the back of the camper for the bicycles. Now you can put them there if the camper is attached to the truck or put them on the back of the truck without the camper.

Yup, my uncle does this. It works great.

It's probably easier than you think to add a receiver to your camper.


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This is the set-up I have. I simply move the bicycle rack from the back of the Colorado to the back of the travel trailer or vice versa. The 2" receiver makes it very easy to attach accessories.

***WARNING***

Most travel trailer bumpers are very flimsy and only welded in a couple of spots. If you intend to carry more than a couple of bikes such as a platform with a generator and jerry cans of gas, or a motor bike, etc. have a welding shop reinforce it or install a frame mounted class III hitch. Also, be mindful of the fact you are changing the front to back weight ratio of your trailer and may have to re-arrange a few things inside to maintain proper tongue weight and prevent sway. However, a couple of bikes do not change much of anything.




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How about this?

http://coloradofans.com/forums/169-a...e-tonneau.html

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Do they make a bicycle carrier that can be mounted on top of a tonneau cover?
Tons.....hit the google search and you will find tonneau manufacturers that have bike add ons.

Like so:
GMC Sierra Truck Bed Rails / Tonneau Cover Bike Rack using Yakima 60" Tracks, Control Towers & Sprocket Rocket

or my favorite (since i just got a softopper)

Side Mount Bedrail Bike Rack
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Thank you everyone for your replies. I don't think the hitch mounted to my camper bumper would work. I have a 2005 Rockwood Premier pop-up camper and the bumper isn't really meant for something like that. I think I'm going to look for a tonneau that allows for a bicycle rack to be mounted on top.
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I frequently see bicycles mounted on a receiver type hitch the back of pop-ups going down the road.

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I think I'm going to look for a tonneau that allows for a bicycle rack to be mounted on top.
I don't think you will find a hard cover to allows a bike rack to be mounted. If you are talking soft cover, just mount the rack in the bed and take less stuff camping!
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I frequently see bicycles mounted on a receiver type hitch the back of pop-ups going down the road.
I have also but one drawback is they are so far back and out of your sight, you can only hope they are still there when you get you your destination. I have seen them mounted on top of a pop up also, I am not sure is that is OEM or the owner fabricated it themselves.
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The best one I saw was a pickup towing a pop-up which had a receiver and the pop-up was towing a boat.

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I don't think you will find a hard cover to allows a bike rack to be mounted. If you are talking soft cover, just mount the rack in the bed and take less stuff camping!


Well that's a bummer. I kind of had my heart set on a hard cover. I may have to rethink that. I don't need a cover the day I take delivery of my truck so I got some time to think about it.


Are the covers shown here hard of soft? It looks like they are lockable which is the main reason why I wanted a hard cover.


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Yes, take a look at the thread I posted earlier. There is a hard cover retractable tonneau that you can get with the Yakima rails - pretty sure it's the Truck Covers USA one. I went with a different cover and am going to try to mount the Yakima landing pads to the bed rails.

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Yes, take a look at the thread I posted earlier. There is a hard cover retractable tonneau that you can get with the Yakima rails - pretty sure it's the Truck Covers USA one. I went with a different cover and am going to try to mount the Yakima landing pads to the bed rails.
I'm doing the same thing. I ordered a RevolverX2 from Bak. Once that is here and installed, I'm getting the 42" Yakima tracks to fit on the caps.

Basically just like this but with the RevolverX2: http://www.orsracksdirect.com/2012-f...ike-racks.html

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Here is another picture with the same type of install approach:
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Exactly what I'm looking for. The only problem I see with your setup is you won't be able to open the Revolver with the cross bars on. Probably not a big deal though.

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Exactly what I'm looking for. The only problem I see with your setup is you won't be able to open the Revolver with the cross bars on. Probably not a big deal though.
Yeah, that has been a consideration. I'm wondering if I'll be able to get under the first crossbar before the cover "snowballs" and gets too wide? Or if I can fold it, rather than roll it so it pulls underneath both crossbars?

Either way, it would probably take about the same amount of time to make my bed accessible. I'm either trying to maneuver the cover or I'm unlocking and lifting rails.

This configuration will give me the best flexibility and most concurrent functionality without hauling a trailer.

The cover is supposed to ship early June. Once I have it installed, I'm going to order the tracks, landing pads, control towers, crossbars, and install those.

I'll post pics.

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Yeah, that has been a consideration. I'm wondering if I'll be able to get under the first crossbar before the cover "snowballs" and gets too wide? Or if I can fold it, rather than roll it so it pulls underneath both crossbars?

Either way, it would probably take about the same amount of time to make my bed accessible. I'm either trying to maneuver the cover or I'm unlocking and lifting rails.

This configuration will give me the best flexibility and most concurrent functionality without hauling a trailer.

The cover is supposed to ship early June. Once I have it installed, I'm going to order the tracks, landing pads, control towers, crossbars, and install those.

I'll post pics.
I think you're right - depending on where the first bar is, you have a good shot at either getting the cover under it or folding / pulling it. And, really, that would probably get you enough access to the bed for most of what you will need when you're carrying the racks.

I have the Retrax retractable cover already, so it won't be an issue for me (of course, the Retrax takes up bed space, so that's the tradeoff). Looking forward to seeing the pics! Good luck with it.
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Attached is a shot of a Truck Covers USA retractable (selected partly for the small canister) on a short bed.
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Attached is a shot of a Truck Covers USA retractable (selected partly for the small canister) on a short bed.
I like the looks of this one. Is it lockable?

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Yes, it is lockable. Referencing the attached photo, the key lock is in the center. There is a pull ring (visible in photo) which overrides the lock, allowing the cover to be retracted without using the key. The cover operates sort of like a spring loaded window shade. When closing the cover from retracted position, there are stops every foot, allowing the cover to "lock" in a partially open position. The cover is very rugged. They claim that you can walk on it (although I have not tried that). I had all four drains installed (I park in either direction on a sloped driveway). Two of them are visible in the photo. Selection criteria included: Option for integrated rails (major), low profile and small canister (visible in photo). Not cheap (But then neither was the truck), but worth it for my use. I got LineX AND a BedRug mat, so it is like having an over-sized locking car trunk (The theory was that I would replace the Passat and the S10 with the Canyon... you can see how well that is working from the photo). The setup would be even better if the truck had an electronically controlled lock on the tailgate (Maybe someone will come up with an after-market solution).
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