Electric Bikes for RVs, Tips on Accessories and Replacing a Towed Vehicle

Court

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Hi guys! my father recently retired and bought his first RV. For a long time, he was researching the best way to travel and see the national parks with his wife. They considered using a tow vehicle to navigate jeep trails and other off-road environments that would lead to the coolest remote areas, but decided against it. The idea of making the RV physically longer, and having to deal with the added costs of a second vehicle, additional weight and gas and time to deal with a towed vehicle just wasn't that appealing. Eventually, they decided to buy a couple of ebikes and mounted them to a 2" hitch mounted rack on a riser to keep from bottoming out. To keep the ebikes clean, they use a cover and bungee net so it doesn't whip around while they drive. They also found some neat cup holder adapters, bags, light and comfort upgrades, as well as bike armor to protect the frame and tires on the really aggressive trails. Since making the purchase, my Dad has traveled extensively in the United States and explored many special places that would have otherwise been inaccessible. Those locations are listed further down after the video and timestamps. I have also listed each of the upgrades and accessories he chose. Feel free to share your thoughts, any ideas for improving this build, or your own unique RV ebike solutions :)


Timestamp list to navigate the video:

0:00 Introduction, why ebikes vs. a tow vehicle
1:57 Why he chose fat tire electric bikes
3:29 RV upgrades (solar, cellular wifi, hitch riser)
4:57 Bike rack setup and loading demo
5:28 Why they chose Rad Power Bikes RadRovers
6:58 Tip: lock suspension fork when transporting
7:54 Tip: cover bikes and use a bungee net
9:24 Hub motor and throttle benefits, bike armor
12:07 Rear rack and bag contents (first aid, locks)
12:52 Thule T2 Pro XTR rack, folding bike options
15:17 Tip: additional bottle cages for more water
16:45 Tip: stem riser for taller riders
17:16 Taking the bikes off and on the hitch rack
19:26 Upgraded handlebar and grips for ergonomics
21:43 Additional lights for safety, motion sensor!
22:40 Tip: light positioning and rescue tape mounting
26:51 Inspecting the bottom bracket for damage
28:17 Rear rack, trunk bag, and pannier bag details
30:12 Charging options, range of the bikes
31:15 Steep climbs, deep sand, friends in jeeps
34:12 Tip: staying cool when riding in the heat
36:28 Handlebar mirrors for safety in traffic
37:32 Tip: puncture protection for desert riding
40:55 Using a smartphone, USB power, GPS
41:45 Additional reflective stickers
42:16 Suspension upgrades and adjustments
44:24 Closing thoughts, site resources and forums
45:54 Arizona desert ride begins, hill climb
49:10 Continued riding, Cholla cactus observation

Roads with restrictions that the RV could not handle:

Jeep roads:

Bike trails:

Electric bikes with all details listed:

Electric bike hitch rack and covers for RVs:

Bike locks for transporting and riding:

Tire protect to prevent flats:

Light and reflector upgrades:

Rear rack, trunk bag, pannier bags:

Swept back handlebar and ergonomic grips:

Water bottle upgrades and expansion:

Comfort and armor upgrades:
 

Art Deco

Well-Known Member
Region
USA
City
Selinsgrove Pennsylvania
This is exactly why I got interested in eBikes...to avoid towing anything behind my small RV. Once the RV is level and hooked up you don't want to move it, so you need something for the last 10 miles or so, and I am useless at backing a trailer. In fact I call my RV a NoTowBago ...
 

Helaine

New Member
Region
USA
City
Los Angeles
It's lovely seeing you and your Dad hanging out and trading information. Really nice.