Thanks for watching our Road Gear Reviews video on the Yakima Frontloader Bike Rack! We’ve used it for almost 2,000 miles and are incredibly impressed with its quality and ease of use.
Its features include:
- Fits all Yakima cross bars, including factory, aerodynamic, round and square. (Rack Attack, which is the seller on Amazon, says that it will fit most aftermarket crossbars. Check the product details to see if your aftermarket crossbars are supported.)
- Fully assembled and requires no tools to install.
- Has zero contact with the bike frame.
- Accommodates disc brakes, through axles and full suspension.
- Fits both road and mountain bike wheels that are 20″ – 29″
- Has Yakima’s “Love it ‘Till You Leave It” limited lifetime warranty.
If you don’t have a roof rack, or if you have a bike with tires over 3 inches wide, then here are our recommended alternatives.
We recommend the Yakima HighRoad if you have bike tires that are over 3″ wide. According to Yakima, the HighRoad supports tire sizes up to 4″ if the wheel size is 26-27.5″, or tire sizes up to 3.5″ if the wheel is 29″.
- It has many of the same pros as the FrontLoader, such as being a tooless install, fitting almost all crossbar types, and so on.
- As mentioned above, it supports tire sizes up to 4″, depending on the wheel size.
- It only fits wheel sizes that are 26″ – 29″
The Swagman Traveler XC2-RV 2 Bike Carrier with Bumper Adapter is our recommended choice for those who prefer (or need) a bumper rack.
- Provides the best stability that we have found for bikes that must go on the back of RVs.
- Is the best alternative (in our opinion) to a roof rack.
- Allows the bikes to be covered in transit.
- Bikes do not need to be removed from the RV unless you want to use them.
- Is a good option if lifting a bike onto a roof or ladder rack is difficult for you.
- More difficult to install; if you have a spare tire on the bumper then you might have to move it.
- Makes contact with the bike frame. The bikes also bump against each other in transit.
- More difficult to get the bikes on and off of.
The Swagman RV Ladder Rack is a great product, meaning that it does what it is meant to do. We can’t fault it.
However, it put a lot of stress on our bikes. We have a 36 foot 5th wheel and the bouncing was so bad that we had a bike tire fall off! Again, though, that was not the fault of the product. We would have had the same problem with any ladder rack.
If a car top rack or bumper rack will not work for you, then the Swagman RV Ladder rack is an excellent choice. It is also a great choice for those with shorter RVs (because there is less bounce), or for those who don’t move often. Josh’s parents have one and love it.
- Almost all RVs have a ladder, so this rack will work when bumper, hitch and rooftop racks will not.
- It is affordable.
- It is light weight and easy to take off of the RV ladder.
- You have to take the bikes off of it to climb the RV ladder.
- It is the most difficult of these four racks to get the bikes on and off of.
- There is contact with the frame, and if you have two bikes then we definitely bump against each other.
- If your ladder has any movement (if it wiggles when you grab it with your hands and shake it) then the bikes will scrape against the RV.
- It puts a lot of stress on the bikes.