Choosing A Bike Rack
This was not as easy as I thought it was going to be.
Damn, this thing was f*&^ing expensive.
So last year, when I had the truck cap, I had my bike inside the truck. I wanted to be totally stealth and employed the out of sight out of mind philosophy. However this came back to bite me as it became a chore to pull the bike in and out of the back, and then put the front tire back on and attach the brakes. That part was not too bad.
It was all the dirt that I tracked back in when putting it away that started to piss me off. Its hard enough cramming yourself into a tight space to live in without it becoming a pig sty in the process. I also could not just grab the bike and go for a ride at a moments notice. Its the tiny hassles that make living in tiny places that much more of a pain.
My priority was to be able to get into the rear of the camper
There are all kinds of different ways to go with bike racks. I had assumed I would get some L shaped thing that I would just hang the bike on and forget about it. In hindsight that may have worked out just fine.
But I knew I would be going off-road a lot and stability would be a factor in this thing not shaking itself apart.
It came down to two expensive choices. A swing away rack where it opens like a gate, and a fall down rack where I can just pull it down for access.
I went with the 1UP brand "Equip-D". It was painfully expensive, but has the ability to add-on a couple of more bikes, and it is damn sturdy.
I'll try to post a video at some later point, but in order to get in the back when traveling to sleep, I made a piece of wood that I stick in the handle to hold it open, I then have a string I use to pull up the bike and hook it in place with a Bungie when I'm in for the night.
For now this is working out great and obviously when at camp, I take the bike off and put it somewhere for easier access.