Originally Posted by mlts22
I have not seen any "bull bar" solutions with a front hitch for the PM. There is also radiator clearance which was mentioned in the RAM body-builders guide.
You might be able to squeeze a bike mount on the roof... but then you have to be very careful of height. Another idea would be to stuff the bikes inside, which may or may not work.
I don't think handling bikes up and down from the roof would work for this old guy so it looks as though if we get a promaster it will have to be ether a Fiamma type rack mounted on the rear door or a side swing hitch so that we can still have the rear doors for emergency exit on an overnight stop when the bikes would remain on the vehicle.
Pretty sure my safety conscious wife would want me to ensure we maintained the rear doors as an emergency exit!
I haven't looked much at the swing hitches, but probably culs makes something up as I still have all the welding equipt / air tools etc.
What I have in mind is releasing any securing pins or whatever devices on teh swing hitch when we stop for the night but leaving the bikes in teh traveling position - ie not swung out.
Then I am thinking that opening the door from inside should be able to force the swing hitch to move.
A judiciously placed rubber pads /rubber wheel, or some such gadget mounted on the bike rack should be able to prevent damage to the van doors when pushing to swing the rack, but really, if it is a case of an emergency exit due to fire, who really cares!
Just a thought - don't know if it would work but it should. With this concept, could maybe even put together a combination rear storage box and bike rack on a swing hitch.
I would just have to be sure to remember to re-secure the swing hitch in the morning before leaving the Flying J !