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Old 06-21-2018, 01:09 PM   #11
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Here's a fairly large covered carrier for bikes: https://blog.letsgoaero.com/enclosed...sy-three-bikes
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On another forum, we had a case where an owner bought what, IIRC, was an Aero hitch carrier, and bouncing on rough roads caused it to bend at the receiver.

Unfortunately I can't verify which model it was. Forums are not designed for detailed historical searching (don't ever let mods convince you otherwise). With several thousand threads on each forum, unless there is a highly specific keyword, the search function usually returns too many possibilities to dig through.
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Old 06-21-2018, 02:03 PM   #13
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I have a rare 20 cf LetsGoAero cargo carrier that has landing gear so one person can put it on or take it off and it does not swing away but slides out to open the back doors. It is for sale. I've used it without incident and the receiver is strong. If a LetsGoAero's bent it is because it was used on a van with a high bounce that bike rack manufacturers won't warrant. See that other thread on bike carriers. That could happen to any carrier. LetsGoAero has the highest capacity carriers in cubic foot as well but that doesn't preclude common sense and overloading it with weight. If the carrier is designed for two bicycles that means two bicycles and not crammed with other stuff just because the volume is there.

Two vans ago I decided I could do without a hitch cargo carrier and deliberately bought vans that could carry my two inflatable Advanced Elements kayaks inside. That is about 60 lbs. The hitch cargo carrier adds over 3 foot to the vans length which just compounds parking a B. Now I am designing a short 144 WB Sprinter that will hold those two kayaks inside or 2 folding bicycles, or a Yeti Cooler. So, I will never use it again.
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Old 06-21-2018, 02:04 PM   #14
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On another forum, we had a case where an owner bought what, IIRC, was an Aero hitch carrier, and bouncing on rough roads caused it to bend at the receiver.

Unfortunately I can't verify which model it was. Forums are not designed for detailed historical searching (don't ever let mods convince you otherwise). With several thousand threads on each forum, unless there is a highly specific keyword, the search function usually returns too many possibilities to dig through.
Use Google to search forums with the site: parameter in your search.

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site:classbforum.com lets go aero

https://www.google.com/search?&q=sit...m+lets+go+aero
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Thanks markopolo, I found my original post in 2015 with your link. Since I now have an oversize garage and had family members desiring to use it, I haven't been as anxious to sell it. But it is for sale.

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I have the Gearspace 20 (20 cf) of which I no longer use. I quickly found it almost too big if you try to fill it, so you have to selectively fill it to keep the contents below 150 lbs. or you would get front wheel wandering. The The Gearspace 34 is designed to carry two bicycles protected and locked under cover. The Gearspace 20 was big enough to carry two Advanced Elements inflatable kayaks, pump, paddles, accessories and life vests. I still have it but doubt I would ever use it again. Willing to take offers.

Here is the Gearspace 20 with landing gear dropped so one person can install and remove it. Last I looked it was no longer in their lineup of carriers.

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....The hitch cargo carrier adds over 3 foot to the vans length which just compounds parking a B. ...
We intentionally designed ours at a svelte 18 inches deep.

Furthermore we vaulted our carrier so as to not interfere with the departure angle. Another poster on another forum asked me about the potential for that thing to contribute to tail-strike, and I created this graphic in response to his questions, as a picture always tells a thousand words:




Here's a pic of my folding bike sitting freely on my hitch carrier (I took this before modifying my closet as I was contemplating a hitch carrier add-on like we did for our chainsaw's gas can). From this, one can get the impression that a mini-mini-carrier could be designed to hold two of these puppies quite elegantly. It could easily be less than 18 inches deep if it needed to be, and it would interfere with nothing whatsoever.

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Perhaps a different perspective. On my Bigfoot camper I added 2 aluminum, very light weight, truck boxes, I don’t think they were expensive. They were mounted on the camper but were very easy to remove, a couple of minutes.

I often see in EU Sprinter trunks mounted to the rear hinges so hinges must be sufficiently strong. These rear extra trunks are used primarily for luggage.

If I would be looking for a storage for 2 folding bikes I would consider getting 2 aluminum boxes sized at 1 bike in a box and mount them at the rear door hinges and the door so they would open with either door.

I have Stowaway II and like it a lot but am not sure if 2 folding bikes would fit in. In regards to safety of Stowaway content I would say it is very safe. The box has almost a full width dead bolt and its flexibility would make it difficult to break in, it would be tough to bend or break, it will snap back to its shape not like an aluminum or a rigid plastic box. Flexibility of plastic could be very deceiving.
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I've come to desire no hitch receiver carriers whatsoever no matter what the depth. I'm seeking stealth and not the Joad family going to California.
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I have the large Stowaway. I absolutely love it. It is water tight, easy to install/remove and it holds a ton of stuff. I have a 2007 RT 190 Popular. It fits very well and when installed it is easy to get it out of the way to access the rear storage area under the seats. It comes with all the wiring for lights and license plate holder that is lighted too. Pricey but worth it.
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Thanks Sally and to all for your replies. I am leaning toward the Stowaway because they seem like they are well built and hold a bunch. Happy Travels!
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