Originally Posted by Murph
Looking for suggestions for a bike rack for RT 210, for an ebike.
Not all of the hitch/platform racks are warrantied for RV applications because the distance between the rear axle and the hitch receiver varies wildly. On some of the class C's it could be as much as ten feet which can produce some bodacious shock loads on the bike rack, particularly if the rack is loaded with 65-70 lb Ebikes.
On the RT210, if you are using the Continental spare, none of the platform hitches have a sufficient length to provide clearance between the rack and the spare. It's aggravated by the fact that the hitch receiver is recessed about 4 inches into the rear fender. You will need a tongue extender of 7 inches or more to provide sufficient clearance. They are available from E trailer, the preferable model has an anti-rattle wedge which mitigates noise and more important, vibrating shock load to the hitch swing arm.
Some the hitches are limited with regard to tire width, tire size and wheel base. You should determined that the hitch choice is compatible with the bike(s) you will be using.
On the RT210, a platform hitch impedes opening the rear doors without first unloading the bike(s) which then permits indexing the swing arm and platform down sufficiently to access the doors. There are hitches that have a swing arm that permits swinging the entire assembly to the side sufficiently to access the doors. They work OK on the RT190 but the additional width of the RT210 makes employing the swing version impractical.
My recommendation is for 1UP USA or the Kuat NV2.0 hitches. My personal choice is the Kuat NV2.0 which has a hand tightening cam that eliminates any play between the receiver or a tongue extender. It also has bike locks integrated into the platform. I've had occasion to deal with their Customer Service and found it outstanding.
A two bike hitch will extend the overall length of the 210 a couple of feet which you always have to account for when backing up. What aggravates the process is that RT in their infinite wisdom did not employ a backup camera high up on the coach but employs the OEM camera on the rear license plate. As a result, when a bike is loaded on the hitch platform, the rear view camera is practically useless. Before backing up, it's absolutely necessary to get out and survey just what you're backing into. Failing to do that will guarantee not if but when you will damage the rack, the bike or both. Please don't ask me how I know.