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AJ: What's up everybody, it's AJ with etrailer.com. Today we're going to be checking out the Hollywood RV Rider. Now this is an updated design, but what it does is it's going to help you carry your e-bike and your fat tire bike on the back of your RV, fifth wheel or even your normal vehicle. So it really works on all three of those, but one of the good things about the update is you used to have to swap out the cradles. So if you wanted to do a fat tire bike, you'd have to use the bigger fat tire cradle or if you're doing a regular mountain bike or road bike, you have to swap out the cradles, which isn't super hard, but you just don't want to do it every time. Now you can see the cradles come to a point, so they're ready for either type of bike so we can put our e-bike in here just fine, fat tire bike, I can take this fat tire bike out, put another regular mountain bike on there, we're good to go.

So it works with way more different types of bikes now.I mentioned that this is made for RVs and fifth wheels, I just want to explain why that's kind of a big deal. I've been at etrailer since 2008, and these have come a long way. It was only a few years ago that most of these RV or fifth wheel bike racks couldn't move, they we're a fixed position. So there's no tilting or folding like this one has, they we're built to be as sturdy as possible because there's a lot more vibrations on the back of a motor home or an RV or a fifth wheel than there is on your normal car. So these have to have a lot more to them to keep them sturdy.

This bike rack definitely has that, but now it's evolve to where it actually can tilt down without the bikes loaded and pulled up as long as your ladder is out of the way. So these RV bike racks have come a really long way, and it's pretty impressive how quickly it happened.A couple of steps that Hollywood took to fight that vibration and rattle in the back of a motor home or an RV is they added two different anti-rattle devices. You can see this external one here, it goes around the top lip or it can go down on the bottom lip of your hitch, and you tighten it here and it gets any of the shake and play out, in combination with the threaded hitch pin that threads in on this side, locks over here so that also keeps it from moving back and forth. So maybe when you go put it on your car, you probably won't use the anti-rattle, but you already have it built in the bolt itself. So you won't need to use it there, but it really helps out here on the motor home.

You can see, I can't even get it to move back and forth, not quite shaking the whole RV, but I'm trying.The other thing that really helps out with the stabilization is these double bar system here, instead of just having one mast that's one bar, you have two. So that's going to help with the strength of holding things in place, but also keep your clamps from getting in each other's way. If it was just one bar, usually they're stacked up on top of each other. So if for some reason you need to move this one up to adjust the other bike you can't because this one would be fixed in place or this one's affixed up here so you can't move the one underneath it. They're separated, they can move individually, just giving you more options for the different bikes you can carry.The clamp is also another important piece of this bike rack.

I'll move it back and forth and show you how tight it has it gripped, but it's got that rubber in there protecting the frame. But the part I wanted to show you is it's not moving back and forth in there, that clamp's got it nice and tight, the bike's not moving whatsoever. And it tightens down or loosens by hand, the knob is nice. It's a nice size to help you get a good grip on it, it's not difficult to turn or anything.I'll just move the clamp out of the way, I want to show you that they also I'm going to show you that they also included this hook and loop strap just in case this came up. Now, the only reason I think it would do that is if you didn't tighten it down all the way, if you forgot to tighten it, and then loop this around, I'll pull on it, just an extra precaution that's nice. I'm pulling on it really good and trying to get the hook and loop to detach, it's not doing it. That's in part because the loops down here at the bottom, the straps will help hold the tires in place, but just peace of mind, knowing that you have two sets of protection just in case you didn't tighten this all the way or your bike moves out here.Another positive thing about the clamps is that it clamps onto your frame. A lot of e-bikes get pretty fancy, some of them have the fenders on the front or the back. And so if you we're to get one of those e-bike carriers that clamps it on the tire, it's not going to work. You got that fender in the way. You don't want to break that or scratch that, this eliminates that problem for this kind of bike and any other kind of bike that might have those extra flares on the front or the back. Another great thing about this clamp is it works with a bunch of different downtube designs for your bike. So if you have a bike that doesn't even have a top downtube, you'd have to attach it down here. You can easily move it down and get it adjusted, or just rotate the clamp any way you can to get it on that bar and then tighten it down.Let's check out the cradles. We've got a hand knob here you can loosen or tighten, it's very easy. And then with it loosened, we can move the cradle up and down the bike rack. And what that does is help us adjust to different wheel spans on the different kinds of bikes you're going to be carrying. I like the cradles a lot. Like I mentioned earlier, I'm impressed with the change. I like that they come to this point. That means you don't have to swap these out for different things. They work with a bike tire of a width of five inches, so it will go from fat tire bikes to road bikes, it fits them all.It used to be you'd have to take off this one and remove this one, even though we we're leaving our e-bike here, just to take this cradle off and put the one that works with the mountain bike on. Then you'd put this one back on, add the screw back in here, there's a lot of changing of parts to get it right, and then you might have to still adjust it when you get it on here. That's all gone now, now you can just adjust the wheel span, attach to the clamp, and you're good.We're going to go ahead and remove the e-bike so you can see how to take the bike off. I can point out the straps along the way, and then we're going to tilt and fold it and see how that works out on an RV. First up, let's come to our straps here, really heavy duty straps that I'm impressed by those too. They've got this nice coating here to help protect the rim of our tire, it's not going to damage it at all. The straps are nice and thick, it looks like it's thicker than the normal straps I see on the wheels. You just push down on this end and pull the strap out. If you're going to put it on, you just feed it through, go ahead and line the rubber part up, just push it, get it nice and tight on there. But we're taking it off, so I'm going to back the strap back out.If you can come on this side, I'm going to show you another thing that does that I like, it actually rotates. So a lot of them are in fixed positions, so you go to put the strap through, it has to stay that way. We went that way, it doesn't quite pull it down right, but instead I can come over here to this one, rotate it this way and tighten it down. It really gives you more options with the different kinds of bikes you're going to carry. And I know I said that a few times, but it's true. With the clamp loosened you can just go ahead and rotate it up and off the bike frame, I'm going to go ahead and move it up a little bit, that way we can swing it out. And remove the clamp, I can rotate it this way, spin the whole thing out of the way, then I can just roll the bike off the bike rack.Now we're going to go ahead and lower down our double bar mast. So you just turn this hand knob towards the back. You're actually going to remove the knob and then you can just pop this bolt out of the middle, then you can tilt the mast down. I would suggest moving the clamps over that way they don't lay on top of the cradles, they're in between. So we just push this one down and we'll push this one up, that way they're out of the way.Something to double check when you lower down your mast and you want to secure it back in place, is check out your hand knobs on the cradles. We had one turned this way, you can see that the mast is hitting it so it can't go down far enough to insert our bolt. So we're just going to turn it sideways that way the mast goes down just a little bit further and giving us more room to put our bolt in. Probably won't hurt just to move the mast up and down just a little bit as you push it in, and let it snap into place like that. Replace our hand knob, now it's securely in place.At the base of the RV Rider we're just going to go ahead and loosen up this hand knob here, now we'll remove this bolt and that will allow us to tilt it down or fold it up. I'm going to set this to the side. Now you saw this other pin down here, we'll have to remove that when we go to lower it, so let's go ahead and do that now. And you can see it tilts away to the back of our RV, that way if we need to get access to this panel, we could. But it's only with the bikes off there, the bikes are going to be too heavy to try and do this by yourself while it's fully loaded, they just don't recommend it. So remove the bikes, you can still leave the bike rack on here, and then you can still access this back panel.Now let's check out the folding. It looks like we're not going to be able to fold it up on this RV today, but every RV is different. The ladder's in the way, so there's nothing I can do about it. But if you just leave it like this, it's not really adding that much to the back of your RV anyway.Another nice touch on the RV Rider is that all the locks it comes with have the same key and lock system. So the same key that does our cable lock here, also works on our hitch pin lock, and will work with our hand knobs to lock them in place or unlock them too. You already saw how it works and some of the features, let's check out how it installs. I'm going to install it on this Jeep just to show you what it looks like on a regular vehicle. inaudible 00:10:22 line up the hitch pin hole. how does it look Aiden Do I need to go forward or back Aiden: Just a little bit further in. AJ: All right. It always helps to have somebody else spot for you. Aiden: Just back a little bit more, perfect. AJ: Right there. Thank you. Now we're going to install our anti-rattle hitch pin. You see it's got a washer and a star washer on it, run through our hitch and tighten it up by hand, then come back with a ratchet. It does include a tool you can use, and that works just fine but for video purposes we're just going to speed it up with a ratchet. You will notice we did not install the U-bolt anti-rattle device, just because I don't think we would need it here on our Jeep. Yep, the shanks not moving at all.So we went over why it wouldn't fold up on our RV, so you might be wondering if it's going to work with yours or not. Let's do some measurements and see if that can't help you out. Go from the center of the hitch pin to the closest point, let me just hold it there, this looks like it's about the closest point. Seven And a half inches from there to the closest point here. Now let's go for the furthest point, same thing center of the hitch pin hole. This looks to be the furthest out point, it's right at 16 inches. To give you a frame of reference, let's measure up from the hitch pin hole to the end of the ladder on the RV we're using. Looks to be eight inches, so that's why it made contact when inaudible 00:12:03 folded up.Since we're already measuring, I folded it down, let's get those same measurements again. Center of the hitch pin hole, just like before, we'll still get the closest points. This here seems to be the closest at nine and a half inches, or we can do the cradle, and that's about 11 and a half inches. inaudible 00:12:27 extended, I think would be out to here to this edge, and that looks to be about 32 inches from the center of the hitch pin.The weight capacity for the RV Rider is 80 pounds per bike. So it can handle two e-bikes with the batteries taken off or an e-bike and a fat tire bike, two fat tire bikes, a bunch of different combinations, it'll be able to handle it. Now I did have a discussion with the riders earlier today, you should check that out. Speaker 3: Any questions Speaker 4: You liking it a little bit better than the ones you've worked with in the past AJ: Much better, it's interesting because I actually did shoot all the old versions of it over the last two or three years. So actually I picked up on the things you we're saying as you we're doing them. I'm like, "Oh, I don't have to swap out the cradles anymore, that's awesome." Because you use to have to completely take these off for whatever bike you wanted to put on there. But then you still have to fight with, if this one needed to move out here you couldn't because this was in the way. So you had to reconfigure it every time, remove to screw down here to do that. That was a huge pain, didn't like that.And then, like you said, the fifth wheel shank was really confusing to get that and try and explain how to use that in addition to what you're doing, but then it also, you could use it in other situations. So it really did simplify it, I liked that. Speaker 4: Yeah, for sure. Did you guys try it out on fifth wheels inaudible 00:13:45 Or just crosstalk 00:13:48. AJ: No, we tried it on a motor home. Speaker 4: Okay, good deal. So as far as I guess, we can kind of go over a little bit the installation, putting it on, taking it off, is it pretty easy And that hitch tightener, does that make a pretty big difference for the wobble and the sway AJ: Oh, for sure. Yeah, it's just like any other bike rack, you just put it in the hitch and then these tightened down. This was a little bit different then putting the nut, then the lock washer, then a nut, then a washer. But that's not that complicated. You can see, I'll try and shake it. It's not moving at all down here. I'm not even shaking the RV and I'm trying. Speaker 4: Yeah, that's solid. Speaker 5: Do you have to use both nuts on there I mean, would it hold it with just one washer and nut AJ: I think one's in place to make sure the other one doesn't back off. Speaker 3: Yeah, so we did a lot of these anti-rattle devices and some of them have that system where that second one on the end there is to prevent the first one from loosening up over time and backing off. Speaker 5: Huh, okay. AJ: So I think this plus the anti-rattle pin that's in the hitch really gets all that shake and play out. Speaker 4: Yeah, for sure. I kind of wanted to get your opinion on the clamps, that whole bike on versus frame hook or wheel hook or something like that. AJ: Well, it works out a lot better since they fixed the cradle thing. This works with a bunch of different bikes now, it's not so limited on the ones it specifically works with. To grab it by the frame is a much better idea because I know a bunch of the e-bikes and even some other bikes have the fenders out here. So if you got the wheel clamp that's not going to work, you'd have to remove your fender and I don't think a lot of people want to do that or damage your fender. So having the clamp here really helps keep it secure and gives you more options on all the different bikes. Not to mention, some of them don't have the down tube up here, so they'd have to come down here. Speaker 3: And it's nice because the clamps can rotate 360 degrees, and there's just a lot of adjustability with them. You can adjust them height-wise all the way down the center mast there. And because it's a double tube there, you don't have to worry about having both the clamps set at the same height, they can just kind of move independently versus the single mast where they have to not conflict with one another. AJ: Yeah, so on the last one if they we're like this on a single post and I want to move this one up a little bit more but this one was in place I couldn't, I'd have to completely disassemble it, reorganize them on the same one and that was another pain that they always had. This one's way easier. Speaker 4: I know it's meant for RVs, but it is kind of versatile for what it is. AJ: Yeah, and I kind of point that out in the video. If it was a normal vehicle bike rack, I'd be a little annoyed that to tilt and fold it and do a lot of things, these hand knobs, you have to loosen and then pop the bolt out, and then you have these extra pieces when you're doing that. But the fact that it's an RV one, that's not that big a deal that just says it's more sturdy. This is there to keep this from moving while you're driving down the road with it, which is an accomplishment in itself of these RV bike racks. Speaker 4: Yeah. And so, yeah, that's kind of the main thing. I think, if whoever's looking for this, I mean, when it comes to the motor home bike racks, we do have quite a few. The fifth wheel, we don't have this many options there. And then this is probably the, I want to say, this is the only hitch mounted option I saw that came up for a fifth wheel. So everything else was kind of either on the ladder or something else, right but I mean, as far as electric bikes go, this might be like the only option when it comes to RV stuff, that's going to be built for it.I think people do throw bike racks on fifth wheels and hope for the best sometimes. But yeah, I'd say, I mean, really what it comes down to is, where are you putting the rack on, and do you have electric bikes or not And that might just kind of lead you to this one, I think. AJ: And what kind of hitch you actually have on your crosstalk 00:18:11. If you have the bumper mounted one it's not going to work, they have X's all over the instruction for that. So you're not supposed to use crosstalk 00:18:17. Speaker 5: And I'm assuming this is going to be a lot better than any of the ladder mounted ones, which are your other options, right Those are just super standard bike holders AJ: crosstalk 00:18:34 like the back of the car mounted ones. Speaker 4: Like the trunk mounts AJ: Yeah, trunk mounted ones, thank you. Speaker 5: Yeah. Speaker 4: Yeah, and I mean- AJ: They work, but crosstalk 00:18:45. Speaker 4: And then really what it comes down too. I don't think any of those are going to work with electric bikes either. So I mean, this is kind of. You're getting out of this, if you have an electric bike and you got to haul it, this is basically what you got to do, if you want to be safe about it, I guess. AJ: Yeah. Speaker 5: Yeah. Yeah, you're going to be really limited on weight on that ladder. AJ: I actually had a question for you guys, on the side in the list of things that it fits, it said it goes on a towed vehicle while it's being towed. I thought years ago, we weren't supposed to say anything like that, or we never put the bike rack on the back of the vehicle while it's being flat-towed or anything like that. But it says on the side that we can do that. Speaker 4: Yeah. So I think Hollywood, they say that's okay too. And it's because of that shortened shank, I guess, since it's closer, then you're not going to get all that wobble and sway as you're going down the road. So yeah, they do. Like you we're saying in the instructions, they do kind of point out what you can do it with, and that is one thing that we can do it with as far as the flat tow vehicle goes. Good to know. AJ: Yeah, that's really interesting because I thought that wasn't a thing we we're supposed to do. But I was like, "Oh, all right. Well, it's on the side." Speaker 4: Yeah, kind of like that little graphic down there that has the check marks AJ: Yeah. Speaker 5: Mm-hmm (affirmative), and it looks like there are only what, three or four other ones too, that you can use on the back of a flat tow set up. AJ: That's pretty new to me. Speaker 4: Yeah, even on their website they kind of give some pictures here and yeah, the flat wow they say it's okay. But basically travel trailer, that's a no-go. Speaker 5: That's just interesting. AJ: Yeah. Speaker 4: And I'm wondering if it's just because that travel trailer's got more distance to the rear than a fifth wheel would I guess, I mean, there is a shorter crosstalk 00:20:35 because you're hooking in to the bumper rather than you hook it into the fifth wheel. AJ: The further it is a way from the axle or something, the more vibration there is on the back inaudible 00:20:45 rattled it off. Speaker 4: I mean, I've heard stories about people just putting a bike rack on the back. I mean, my brother's done it and he just drives off and he thinks it's fine. But I think if you want to be safe and you care about your bikes, I think. I mean, something like this seems like a good idea. AJ: Yeah, because e-bikes, aren't cheap either, so you definitely want to take care of that. Speaker 4: For sure. Yeah, so I think if you're going to invest in an e-bike. I mean, this is, it's a little up there. I mean, it's 560, 570. If you've got an investment, you might as well protect it. AJ: Mm-hmm (affirmative). Well, thank everybody. Speaker 4: All right, guys. Yeah, thank you guys, appreciate it. Have a good day. AJ: Have a good one. Overall, I know you heard my thoughts in the huddle, but I'm really impressed with this bike rack. I think they took a lot of their knowledge from all the other bike racks they've done before this and combined it to make a really solid, heavy duty bike rack that's going to be able to carry two e-bikes or an e-bike and a fat tire bike. Any bikes you want inaudible 00:21:43 the back of your fifth wheel or your vehicle, motor home, this one's going to be able to handle it and that's impressive. They fixed the cradles, that was my big issue in the old ones, you had to swap those out. It was a big pain to do that and get your bikes arranged right. Now it's not like that, you just have to slide this to fix the wheel span, you're good.And then all the extra stuff they threw in there, the cable lock, the anti-rattle hitch pin, the external anti-rattle U bolt and stabilize the straps to help make sure this thing doesn't move anywhere when it's on the back of your RV. I think that does it for a look at the RV Rider from Hollywood Racks, I hope this helped.


Questions and Comments about this Video


Larry
I'm towing a Jeep Wrangler and want to cary the bikes between my class C rv and the Jeep. Should I be concerned about the bikes or rack hitting the car when I have to turn sharply?
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Reply from David B.

Well yeah, that is always a valid concern. I can't tell you that it will or will not happen but it can. Just depends on the distance between the vehicles, the size of the bikes and the type of mount and also the rack.

Reply from Larry

@DavidB I’m considering either the Hollywood HLY64FR or Swagman 66689 using a RM077-6 riser. We have 2 Lectric 2.0 step through bikes.

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Reply from David B.

OK, the Hollywood # HLY64FR will stick out a little bit less, by like 2 inches. Just make sure that you test out your turning radius before you actually do a trip. Get everything set up and take a sharp turn and have someone spot you while you turn to make sure that it won't make contact or make a not of how far you are turned when it does so you don't have any issues later on.

Reply from Larry

@DavidB Thanks

Reply from Larry

@Larry David, 1 more questions, Are the bike clamps removable from the mast on the HLY84FR like they are on the Swagman e spec? I’m looking for the easiest way to remove the heavy bike from the inside position where I can fold the mast down.

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Reply from David B.

There is a bolt on the top of the # HLY84FR mast that acts as a stop. You can remove the bolt to allow the clamp/hook to be removed. See the linked video at the 18:30 mark.

Steve D.
For an ebike, Aventon Aventure step through, can you clamp on to the seat post tube rather than purchase the HRBA-PRO? it looks like the clamp could attach to the seat post tube by moving the wheel carriers to that position.
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Reply from David B.

It could do that, maybe, just depends on the position of the bike. I have seen some photos of ppl able to make it work without the adapter.... Just for grins and giggles you can look at this rack if you want # Y02479 . It doesn't need the adapter at all. It holds onto the bike by the tires/wheels. If your aventure has fenders you would need to take them off for it to work though. Let me know what you think Steve.

Reply from Steve D.

@DavidB This other rack holds 50# and ea ebike I'm considering is 73# before any racks and does have fenders.

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Reply from David B.

I smell what you're cooking....That battery is 10 pounds according to every internet "professional" I have seen blog about it. So forget about the other rack, I'd look at one of these two # Y36FR # HLY64FR . It is recommended to remove the batteries from ebikes while transporting them anyway so that will put you at 63 pounds. Either of these will work, you may be able to get the bike to fit without the adapter like we talked about, but if not you know we have one for you!

Sam W.
When watching the video the handle bar on the rack looked extremely close to the back of the motorhome maybe 1/2inch. Can you send a picture of how close a bikes sits on the inside rack to the backnof the motorhome or take a measurement of that distance? It's almost a deal breaker being so close to the motorhome.
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Reply from Les D.

You are correct, with that particular RV and that particular bike, the distance from the end of the handlebar to the coach is only an inch . Had a different bike or a different RV been used it could have been firmly against the coach, or 2 inches away if the coach builder had extended their receiver outwards a bit more. Another possibility is using a hitch extender like the ones shown at the link below.

John S.
Will the cradles work with a Radrunner rebuke with small tires 20"?
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Reply from Victoria B.

Yes it will work, but keep in mind that according to Hollywood Racks, with a 20 inch fat tire bike, you would want to use a Small Wheel Hoop Adapter # HLY24FR only for the rear tire to prevent derailleur hanger interference.

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