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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 etrailer.com or call 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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Surco Products RV and Camper Bike Racks - SP501BR

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

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.


Features:

  • 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   (120 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.

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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.



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



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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.


Comments
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


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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


Comments
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


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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.


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


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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.



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This bike rack was a good buy. It holds our two bikes securely and is a lot quicker to load and unload than racks we've had in the past. It only holds two bikes, but that is all the weight that you ought to have on an rv ladder.


Comments
The carrier has performed as expected and I have been very satisfied. Transferred it to another motorhome we just bought, and it went on without any problems.
Carl P - 08/15/2020


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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.



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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.



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Very solid bike rack. Been in use for 1 year now. Out two Bikes have travelled many thousands of miles on the back of our motor home. I use a strap to keep the front wheels from spinning. One recommendation to ensure the bikes are not touching - put pool noodles on the bike frame. If they are touching, vibrations will mar the paint. I Need to get a cover for them as we sometimes drive on salted highways after returning from southern states in the winter.



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Got it to use for caring a 6 foot aluminum step ladder works great


Comments
Works as good as when first starting using it to carry a 6 foot aluminum ladder we have EBIKES which are too heavy for the ladder
Jerry T - 10/02/2020


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It was a well made product that fit as advertised. Unfortunately, our ladder was too close to the side of our trailer and we were unable to use it.



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I purchased this rack after spending considerable time on the phone with the eTrailer.com 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.


Comments
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


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Item exactly as described and easy to install. Holds bike securely.



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



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Nice item, but not strong enough for two Townie cruiser aluminum frame bikes. The rack bent on the first 100 mile trip. Etrailer accepted the return without issue.



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The bike rack worked pretty well. We drove 15,000 miles with it attached to the back of our truck camper and two bikes on it with no real problems. You will need to add a bungee to snug things up.


Comments
It still works ok a year later. I would recommend it again. Might need a leather man to stretc the rubber tie down in cold weather.
KB - 10/25/2017



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The Surco bike rack has worked very well on our camper trailer ladder. I like that it's primarily aluminum construction for lighter weight & resistance to corrosion. However, I strongly recommend using an additional tie down (cam buckle strap) to secure the bikes completely & prevent any movement. I only gave 4 stars because the rubber straps that secure the bikes directly to the rack should be about 1" - 2" longer - they are difficult to hang onto when adjusting the rubber straps around your bike frame. (My Thule bike rack used on my hitch has rubber adjustment straps that are longer making it easier to stretch and adjust.) Also recommend padding your handlebars to prevent abrasion damage to your RV exterior.



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I use a 29' travel trailer. The back bumper has this big warning label against mounting anything over and above the spare tire on it. The internet is full of pictures of broken welds on back bumpers so I heeded this warning for a bike carrier. This carrier mounts on the ladder easily and holds my 2 bikes. Good product - well made. There are a couple of spots where the bikes touch parts of the ladder. Application of a little electrical tape and some sheet gasket material help protect the bike frame. I also found that with the bikes off the carrier the carrier makes a perfect spot to mount the "Cube" satellite dish (pending view of the southern sky.)



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Everything i needed was in the box. Went on in 20 minutes. It helped that I read the reviews before hand. I know what to watch out for as far as which side went where. Grat addition to the RV.



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This bike rack was very easy to install on our motorhome and it holds our two bikes very nicely and securely. It does not interfere at all with the vehicle we tow on a car dolly behind the motorhome. Have been on several trips with it already and no problems have occurred. We also received it within days of placing our order.


Comments
Great. No negative issues. Easy to install and works just like we had anticipated.
Chas J - 09/13/2017



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The order was shipped quickly, and as it turns out, was complete. The day I received it, I couldn't find the mounting hardawre for the trailer hitch. In all, I sent Jason J three emails (about the hitch hardware) over the next few days, none of which were returned. I finally called and talked to a very helpful person named Steve. Within minutes he was able to inform me that there wasn't a separate box for the mounting hardware, but it was rolled up and placed inside the hitch receiver itself. Now I'm good to go, the quality is excellent as I have come to expect from ETrailer. Mark -



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



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A rubber button down multi holed strap broke and my bike is gone. I loved that bike. Cannot say I loved the rack. I noticed the design flaw but neglected to back it up with one of my own bungee cords. I should have been more careful. I had the bike two years and had to buy another one of lesser quality. The good model I had is no longer being made. The strap on the rack is awful though.



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Delivery of the product was exceptional with the staff at etrailer.com providing email notification of order receive as well as shipment. Delivery was also timely. Installation was easy but help from another person just to support the bar while getting the screws started in the clamps made it easier when I didn't have a ladder to stand on while attaching to my RV ladder. I like the aluminum mounting clamps on this model as opposed to some of the plastic ones I have seen from other companies. Have not yet tried carrying my bikes yet but I don't forsee any issues.


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    I went out to our warehouse and measured the arms of the Surco ladder mount bike carrier, part # SP501BR. From the outer edge of your ladder to the furthest point of the rack is approximately 16 inches. I've attached a picture to show the dimension as well.
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    The Surco Ladder Mounted Bike Rack, part # SP501BR includes one strap that would typically be passed through the bike frames, the front wheels and around the ladder, which would prevent the wheels from spinning and would do a pretty good job of keeping the bikes in place. Adding bungees and foam padding of some sort would probably be a good idea if you are wanting to prevent the bikes from being scratched. The Swagman # S80600 would most likely interfere with a trailer, but it would...
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  • How Do Bikes Secure to the Surco 2 Bike Carrier for Vans and RVs - Ladder Mount
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  • How to Carry 4 Bikes While Towing a 2017 Sundance 5th Wheel Trailer with Rear Door
    I do have a possible option for you but there would be no way to carry 4 bikes on the rear of your 2017 Sundance 5th Wheel Trailer due to the design of the bumper and rear steps. Instead, I recommend carrying 2 bikes on the rear ladder with part # SP501BR and the other 2 bikes on the front of the vehicle. In order to carry the remaining 2 bikes on the front of the vehicle you would need a front mount hitch like part # 65062 for 1500 models or part # 65063 for 2500 and 2500 models in...
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  • Can a Ladder Mounted Bike Carrier be Placed on Any Rung on an RV Ladder
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  • Comparing the Swagman Ladder Bike Rack Part # S80630 and the Surco Ladder Bike Rack Part # SP501BR
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  • Will Surco RV Ladder-Mount 2-Bike Rack # SP501BR Carry 2 Beach Cruisers Without Trailer Contact
    Beach cruiser-style bikes typically have wide handlebars that will almost surely come into contact with some part of the rear of your trailer if mounted on a ladder-mount type rack. For this type of bike a better option may be a bumper-mount rack or a hitch-mount rack. If your RV has a 4- to 4-1/2-inch continuously-welded steel bumper (not a spot welded or aluminum bumper) then you can use a bumper-mount carrier like the Swagman # S80605. This rack bolts on with included hardware and...
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  • Could Surco Ladder Bike Rack Fit on 2005 Northstar Model TS1000
    I checked out pictures of your 2005 Northstar model TS1000 popup truck camperand while the ladder isn't as tall as a typical RV ladder it would have rungs up high enough that you could install a ladder mount bike rack like the Surco 2 Bike Rack # SP501BR. I attached a picture of this rack installed and you can see that the rack does not need to be on a high rung at all.
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