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Rack that can accommodate bikes and skis/snowboards?

badlydrawnboy

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Jun 9, 2016
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Berkeley, CA
Just bought a MX Raven Performance, expecting delivery in December. I'm wondering if there's a good hitch-mounted rack that can accommodate both bikes and skis/snowboards? I was looking at the Kuat NV 2.0, which seems great for bikes, but it doesn't look like it can be used for skis/snowboards. Maybe I just need to get a completely separate rack system for that?
 

trekkie

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Oct 2, 2019
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Wake Forest, NC
from what i've seen looking at bike racks and one that was a bike/trike rack there is one for each type, but not a mix or adjustable. Might be better off getting one for each task. We don't have snow and/or snow board options where I live so never looked at those, but trikes carry a lot different than a bike does and mixing/matching them is non existent.
 

pereiks

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Sep 25, 2019
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Sammamish, WA
Kuat is great for bikes, easy mount/unmount, and should not cover rear view camera. Imho it's better to have separate racks unless you're limited in storage space. Also have you considered using trunk for ski/snowboard storage?
 

Josephponline

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Mar 18, 2019
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Colorado
Same problem for me ... I tried SeaSucker and TreeFrogs ... and in fact really liked the TreeFrogs (mounted horizontally on my back windshield), but couldn't get my head past the stresses to the back windshield. Everything I researched for a hitch rack looked flimsy ... couldn’t find what I wanted so I made my own. I started with a Thule T2 Pro XT 2 bike rack (sans the bike parts), combined it with a Yakima HD Bar (modified to fit) and finished it off with a Thule SnowPackM. Stock T bolts used to secure the cross bar and roof racks with quick release to install the horizontal bike carrier struts. I've driven to/from the mountains with the racks up and down with no noticeable loss of range.
 

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Josephponline

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Mar 18, 2019
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No ... they’re 188’s and from the front of the car you can’t see the skis at all, and when you’re in the car you can’t see them unless you use the camera.
 

puhiniho

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Jun 15, 2018
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Seattle
No ... they’re 188’s and from the front of the car you can’t see the skis at all, and when you’re in the car you can’t see them unless you use the camera.

Curious, do you leave it in the down position when driving?

BTW, it looks great!

I want to try the same but it seems putting all those parts together might be reaching $1000, but I guess you have compromise somewhere, either features or cost :eek:
 

Josephponline

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Mar 18, 2019
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Colorado
Curious, do you leave it in the down position when driving?

BTW, it looks great!

I want to try the same but it seems putting all those parts together might be reaching $1000, but I guess you have compromise somewhere, either features or cost :eek:

For the most part I leave it in the up position, but I have driven with it down as technically that’s how it’s designed to carry bikes. I suspect there’s a slight hit to range in the up position due to the skis interrupting the air flow over the top and sides of the car, but crosswinds in the mountains play havoc with aerodynamics regardless. Agree on cost ... my justification is that I have an great ski rack in winter and a great bike rack (as I can switch out the ski bars for bike bars) in summer.
 
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