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Surco 2 Bike Carrier for Vans and RVs - Ladder Mount

Surco 2 Bike Carrier for Vans and RVs - Ladder Mount

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The arms of this unique bike rack attach to any RV or van ladder that has 1" diameter vertical support rails. Pivoting design allows for full use of ladder when bikes are not mounted. Durable, lightweight aluminum is sturdy and rustproof. Lowest Prices for the best rv and camper bike racks from Surco Products. Surco 2 Bike Carrier for Vans and RVs - Ladder Mount part number SP501BR can be ordered online at or call 1-833-496-1390 for expert service.
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Surco Products RV and Camper Bike Racks - SP501BR

  • RV Ladder Rack
  • Motorhome
  • Travel Trailer
  • Fifth Wheel
  • 2 Bikes
  • Road Bikes
  • Womens Bikes
  • Hanging Rack
  • Surco Products
  • Locks Not Included
  • Frame Mount

The arms of this unique bike rack attach to any RV or van ladder that has 1" diameter vertical support rails. Pivoting design allows for full use of ladder when bikes are not mounted. Durable, lightweight aluminum is sturdy and rustproof.


  • Rack attaches to vertical support bars on almost any van or motor home ladder
    • Brackets clamp around 1" diameter tubing - no straps necessary
  • Arms mount individually to either side of ladder - spread depends on width of ladder
    • Arms pivot for full access to your ladder when bikes are not mounted
      • Pull pin out of top bracket to move arm
      • Replace pin to secure arm in place
  • Bikes sit vertically - seat posts attach to cradles
    • Rack holds up to 2 bikes
  • Cushioned, rubber cradles have flexible straps to keep bikes in place
    • Lock bikes to the rack and to your ladder with a cable lock (sold separately)
  • Lightweight, heavy-gauge aluminum construction is durable and rustproof
    • Bright-dipped, polished finish
  • Capacity: 75 lbs
  • Made in USA
  • 90-Day warranty

Surco Ladder-Mounted Bike Rack

Surco's ladder-mounted bike rack attaches to the vertical supports of your RV's ladder instead of to its rungs so that it can fit a wider variety of applications. In addition, the rack arms have a unique, built-in pivot feature that lets you swing them away from the ladder. Now you can maintain complete access to your ladder - as long as no bikes are mounted at the time - with no need to remove the rack.

Surco Ladder-Mounted Bike Rack Swing Away

To pivot the arms of your rack to the side, simply remove the pull pins from the top brackets of each arm, swing the arms out and replace the pins to secure. Now you have full use of your van or motor home ladder. To use the rack, pivot the arms back and secure them in place in the same manner.

Surco Ladder-Mounted Bike Rack Clamps

The arms of the rack attach to the ladder supports with sturdy, secure clamps that hold the rack firmly in place, eliminating the bouncing and jostling that can occur with racks that simply hook onto your ladder. Just attach the arms, individually, to the 1-inch-diameter posts of your ladder, and you're good to go.

501BR Surco Ladder-Mounted Bike Carrier

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Surco 2 Bike Carrier for Vans and RVs - Ladder Mount - SP501BR

Average Customer Rating:  4.4 out of 5 stars   (140 Customer Reviews)

The arms of this unique bike rack attach to any RV or van ladder that has 1" diameter vertical support rails. Pivoting design allows for full use of ladder when bikes are not mounted. Durable, lightweight aluminum is sturdy and rustproof.


This carrier works very well for those situations where a ladder-mounted bike rack is the only option. It took a couple of trials to find the best placement of the bikes on the rack. It would be ideal if the horizontal bars were a little longer so the bikes could be kept further away from the back wall of the travel trailer and separated a little more from each other. Nevertheless this rack works well and I use cut pool noodles and bungies to hold the bikes firmly in position and to guard the contact locations between the bikes, rack and trailer. The cradles can be slid anywhere on the horizontal bar for ideal placement with your specific bikes. It would be good if there was way to hold them in place so they don't move while mounting the bikes or after install. Based on the few times we have used this rack, I would recommend it in a ladder-mounted application.

Excellent! I now can attach and secure the bikes in under 10 minutes. It would still be ideal if the horizontal bars were a little longer so the bikes could be kept further away from the back wall of the travel trailer and separated a little more from each other. Nevertheless this rack works well and I use cut pool noodles and bungies to hold the bikes firmly in position and to guard the contact locations between the bikes, the rack and the trailer. The cradles can be slid anywhere on the horizontal bar for ideal placement with your specific bikes. It would be good if there was way to hold them in place so they dont move while mounting the bikes and after install. Based on a year of use, I would recommend it in a ladder-mounted application.
VWagner - 06/19/2022


We needed a way to carry a 30 lb steel folding dog fence without having to modify our rv. We rejected the idea of anything that would attach to the tow hitch so that we retained the option of a dingy.
The rack installed easily and after some slight modifications to the dog fence, we were able to load it up and strap it down. We drove 4600 miles on all types of terrain and nothing moved.
We are so pleased with this product.


Arms bent driving down i10 in Texas
I had a cargo stap!
Can’t recommend

Thank you for the photos Abraham. Please keep in mind the weight capacity of the rack is 70 lbs. It looks like the ladder on your RV is shaped a bit differently compared to the ladders we used during our install video. The clamps of the rack should rest on top of the ladder rungs.
-- Etrailer Expert Heather A - 08/23/2022


Great product! Timely delivery of a well constructed bike carrier rack for my trailer ladder. Quality construction and easy installation made it a great solution for taking my bike with me on the road.


I was able to install and use the bike rack on my RV ladder for 6 months. My only complaint about the product is that the rack itself began to bend over time, in spite of the fact that the weight of my two bicycles was below the limit advertised by the manufacturer. I have attached a picture that shows how the right side of the rack sagged over time, which makes me worry a little bit about using the rack going forward.


Pretty Hoakey ! Bikes are 35lbs. Each. In order to clamp bikes on carrier as instructed it bends the chain derailer. Do you cover camper damage & how is your money back guarantee ? Not really impressed.


As the seat posts tubing is too short to mount onto the carrier, I had to settle on nesting the bikes on the horizontal tube between the seat post and the handlebars. This in itself, lends itself to having to remove the tires and wheels off the bike during transportation. Also, as I am an engineer, I did not feel comfortable with only 3/16 thread engagement in aluminum for a 1/4-20 bolt. Typically, the standard thread engagement would be 150-200% deep based upon the diameter of the screw. Therefore, I replaced the shorter 1/4-20 x 1/2" screw with a Stainless steel 1/4-20 x 3/4" socket head and once fulling engaged and positioned correctly, I installed a 1/4-20 Stainless Steel Lock-Nut to ensure full engagement on the threads to prevent backing off or stripping of the aluminum threads due to stresses during travel, leading to loss of bikes while under transportation, potentially eliminating or significantly reducing injury to other travelers on the highway or pedestrians. Overall cost for upgrading 8 fasteners, around $20.


I recieved the Surco 2 Bike Carrier Ladder Mount #SP501BR today and had no problems attaching to the Ladder on my Wolf Creek Truck Camper. The bike mounts easily and is secure. I may have to fine tune the mounting to adjust the bike so it doesn't hang out the right side so much. Also, when locked in the storage position the inner rack blocks the door. Perhaps another pin housing could be added to allow the inner rack to swing to the right and be locked out of the way. Otherwise I am a "Happy Camper" and would recommend this device to other Truck Campers to carry their bicycles with them.


I love this rack. It is very strong as advertised. I carry my Aventon Pace 500 Ebike on this rack - it is perfect.


Product design is good, the build quality very lacking. There were many sharp burrs on the aluminum pieces that required filing and deburring. The tapped holes were very poorly executed and required me to run a tap through them before they would accept a bolt. The holes the pins slide through to hold the arms in position were several thousands of an inch too small for the pins to fit. I had to ream these holes in order for the pins to fit. The bolts to attach the arms aren't really long enough for the job. I followed another suggestion and bought longer bolts and lock nuts rather than trust the threaded aluminum pieces to hold up while travelling down the road. Frankly I would have a hard time recommending this product.


This product looks to be very sturdy and will carry our 2 bikes very well. I plan on using it soon and then will know how well it works. I like the way it carries the bikes close to the trailer and not suspended out from it like the bumper mount carriers. This will reduce the shaking that happens going down the road.


They bent on my first trip. One bike close in light weight no gears just a basic bike. Only one side bent.


This rack performs as advertised. It fit our trailer's rear ladder just fine and holds our two heavy bicycles without problems. The arms swing aside as needed to make the ladder accessible. I do add some additional cushioning material (large rags) to keep the bicycles from rubbing each other's paint off and to keep them from touching the camper finish.....but I think that is necessary with about any bike rack that suffers the up and down and side to side motion that the rear of a 23 foot trailer creates. It is no problem and works fine. Our bicycles are full-size adult bikes and we cannot hang them vertically, so have to hang them horizontally, which makes them a bit more susceptible to trailer pitch, roll, and yaw movements. But the rack holds them securely.

It continues to serve us well. It is important to recognize the weight limit posted for the product, but within that range it does great.
D. H - 12/01/2020


The product looks to be constructed very well with good materials that won't rust. I read a review about someone's experience of having the bar bend down after use. This essentially happened to me on my first use. I mounted the bars as directed, and for my first trip with my 40' fifth wheel RV, I placed two Trek mountain bikes on the cradles and strapped them in with the short rubber straps. I used the one enclosed fiber strap as an additional tie down. I also had two U-joint bike locks of which one I could lock through the RV ladder, but the second one I had to settle on locking bike-to-bike. I got on the road, and about one hour into the trip, a kind soul gave me hand signals to let me know my bikes weren't doing well. I pulled over and inspected. One of the mounts on the right L-bar had managed to slip over a screw stop and fell off the L-bar. That bike held on to the RV ladder by the fiber strap and the U-lock. Fortunately, the bike didn't make contact with the ground. I later figured out that I should or could have tighten down the four mounts on the L-bars. They were pretty snug on the L-bar, but I thought they would be fine, and stopped by the end cap. But that end cap screw isn't very big. Also, the incident caused about a 1" bend downward on the right L-bar that I bent back into place. When I bring my RV back to home on my next trip, I'll make sure that I have a second strap for extra security and holding power on the RV ladder. I already tightened the mounts on the L-bar. I don't believe the directions that came with the bike rack talked about tightening the mounts, but make sure you do tighten them down! (That was my biggest mistake) The pins on top of the rack are very tight when you try to lock them into their receptacles. You probably will need a hammer to tap them in/out. There is a 70 lb limit for the rack, and was probably approaching the limit with my two mountain bikes. Sorry, no pics this time. I'll try to include pics the next time I'm out with my RV.

Same problem still. I only put one bike on the rack at a time now.
Bradley K - 10/01/2020


the bike rack works perfect for us. Hooked onto the ladder with ease.


We have a large tandem that actually fits on the back of the trailer. Awesome product!


It's worked great for us. Very happy! Easy to install on RV ladder and easy to secure bikes.


I purchased because it is made in the USA. Very good quality.


Just returned from a 3300 mile trip out west. We took two of our 4 bicycles on the ladder rack without any problems at all. The only ‘negative’ was that I could not align the lock pin to completely pin in place. However, with only the tip of the pin in the lock tube, the arm was stable. Performed great over many rough rough miles. Highly recommend

Thank you for your reply. Here is a video explaining the easiest way to pin the rack: It shows it at the 0:47 mark. If they are still sticking, you may need some lubricant, like WD40. Please take the rack off when not in use as long exposure outside can rust inside the pin holes.
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 06/08/2021


Just finished the first run with it for 2,000 miles. Worked great. Easy to install. Would do it again .

Still going strong.
Randy - 03/22/2022


The RV ladder mount bike rack was easy to mount and appears to be made of quality material. The 2 bikes that we will be using it for are 18 speed mountain bikes and they do not fit with both arms of the rack between the top and bottom frame of the bikes due to the sprockets and derailers. I have to mount the bikes on the racks with the seat post in one cradle which will work OK.


Assembly was quick - directions suck a little - note: the arm with the "brand name sticker" goes on the left side as you look at the ladder. Works best if bike "seat bar" is placed in the right hand rest and the frame - (just above the derailer) is placed in the left hand rest. Bike tire when mounted almost blocks our (Freelance Class C) right turn signal - but not a real issue. Well designed because the arms and lock out of the way of accessing the ladder. Covered my ladder with black foam "pipe" insulation between the rungs firsts to prevent any scraping/noise from the bikes - worked well. Etrialer rocks too! Right parts, first time, very quick!! Would recommend both to anyone!


I purchased this rack after spending considerable time on the phone with the rep. She was very knowledgeable about all types of racks, including hitch and ladder racks. I might have gotten this rack for a few bucks cheaper on eBay, but the support from the rep more than makes up for that!

The rack went on easily, although it was help to have a second pair of hands to hold the clamp during installation. The only problem I had was installing the two rack pieces in reverse. I wasn't aware until after I tried to pivot the rack off to the side that there was a definite left and right side. I don't think I saw anything about this in the instructions. But luckily, it was easy to remove and reinstall them on the correct sides.

Our bikes (Trek) fit fine, although we had to remove my husband's water bottle cage, because it was installed on the vertical part of the frame where the bike rests on the rack. We reinstalled it on the diagonal part of the frame (as in product photo), where it doesn't interfere with the rack.

We'll be heading out soon with our bikes on the rack and don't anticipate any problems.

Thanks for the follow up. We used the rack a few times and it worked fine. However, we have since sold the RV it was attached to and left it on the rig for the new owners to enjoy.
-- comment by: Deb i - 04/10/2014


Package arrived quickly. The materials were very light weight, but seems pretty sturdy and adequate for out two bikes. Assembly was very straightforward and took about 10 minutes.

The product has worked well for us to this point. We will be using it on our new RV unit this season.
Dan B - 06/07/2016


Pins don’t fit the holes

I will have our customer service team reach out to you.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 02/14/2022

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