With over 100 million Americans riding their bike each year — of course you want to bring yours with you when you start living the full-time RV lifestyle.
You’re living the RV life now and that means you have more time to do things you want to do, like riding your bike. Right?
There are a lot of options for where to put your bikes depending on your rig but in this case we’re going to talk about how to put a bike rack on the back of your pull behind RV.
What Tools Will You Need?
Before you get started, here is the list of tools you’re going to need to put on this specific bike rack setup for the back of your RV.
- 2 Socket Wrenches
- 2 Sockets
(If you only have 1 socket wrench then you can substitute the 2nd socket wrench with plyers.)
Putting the Bike Rack on the Back of Your RV
This is a pretty easy process but you need to make sure that you tighten everything down really good when you’re putting it on. Your RV is likely to bounce around a lot as you’re going through construction areas or rough roads. You don’t want the bike rack to go too wild back there.
Before You Put the Bike Rack On
Before you put the bike rack on the back of your pull behind RV, you’re going to need an RV bumper receiver adapter unless your RV already has a receiver.
Putting the adapter on the bumper is pretty easy. Put the u-bolts in and tighten it down and you’re ready for the bike rack.
Here’s the bike rack for the back of your pull behind RV. It will come with instructions so you can easily put it together. You may find another one that you like better but we wanted the rack that can hold four bikes.
We only have two bikes on it but we also put our zero gravity chairs on the bike rack. If you don’t have four bikes you want to put on the bike rack, you might put some zero gravity chairs back there with the bikes.
Instead of having the chairs in the back of our truck and taking up space, it was easy for us to let them ride with the bikes instead.
Our RV Bike Rack
Let’s talk about the bike rack that we have on our RV and then I will let you know a few other options you have if you don’t want to go this route.
Keep in mind that this bike rack only works with a 2-inch trailer hitch. Make sure you have a 2-inch trailer hitch before you try to set it up or it won’t work for you.
The tie down system they use is patented and ties the bikes down individually which makes it very convenient.
There are a few different options that you can choose from for this bike rack from the deluxe model to premier models so make sure you look at the comparison list to see which one has the features you want.
Here is another option that you might want to look into but it is considerably pricier than the model that we purchased. You can put 2 to 4 bikes on this rack.
For this installation, you don’t need any tools if you already have the receiver so that does make it a little easier for you if you don’t have socket wrenches and sockets.
If you’re only going to be carrying two bikes and you don’t want to put your gravity chairs on the back then you can use this bike rack. It works with a 2-inch receiver as well as a 11/4” receiver. You can only have 70 lbs total on this bike rack.
Our Zero Gravity Chairs
Now let’s talk a little bit about the zero gravity chairs in case you do want to put them on your bike rack like we did.
You can get zero gravity chairs in pairs or you can get a single. We got two of the brown ones. They came with the headrest cushions which is nice.
You can also get the zero gravity chairs that come with the canopy and the cupholder if you want to get that extra but we usually have our zero gravity chairs under the awning or inside of our Clam. 🙂
Here is one of the sets of chairs with the canopy and the cupholders.
Here’s the Clam that we have if you want to check it out too.
We love our Clam because it protects us from the evil tiny bugs that want to bite us. Lol And mosquitoes! No mosquitoes or other evil critters can get inside but we can put all the panels up so we can still see the beauty around us.
Since it has a floor, we don’t get all the nasty dirt or have to worry about critters getting in that way either.
Anyway… back to the bike rack. lol…
All you have to do to put the bike rack on the back of the RV is to insert the bike rack into the receiver.
Once you line the bike rack holes and the holes in the receiver, put the bolt through them and tighten them down.
Now the bike rack is on the back of your RV and you’re good to go.
Continue Your RV Lifestyle Training
Now that you know how to put a bike rack on the back of your pull behind RV, you might even want to upgrade your RV. This is our second rig and we’re already thinking about our third.
One of the things you’ll have to think about when you’re getting a new rig is what truck you’ll need to tow it.
Jill Miller is the founder of Your RV Lifestyle. Trading corporate America for the open road, Jill, along with her partner Jose, began their RV journey, making an unconventional start by wintering in New Jersey. A natural adventurer, she was motivated by a desire to explore the USA and beyond, embracing the varied landscapes, communities, and cultures across the country.
For Jill, the allure of RV living was not about material accumulation, but rather the pursuit of an adventurous, fulfilling lifestyle. A lover of golf, bicycling, hiking, and line dancing, she has carried her passions across the country, engaging with them in diverse settings. Jill’s commitment to the RV lifestyle came after years of careful research, numerous consultations with RV owners, and personal trials, including living in a rental RV.