Our road bikes are precious cargo to us. They need to ride inside. So I’ve tried **A LOT** of different ways to transport our bicycles inside RVs over the years. This one is by far the easiest and best solution I’ve come up with. It works great for us, perhaps it will work for you. I present you: The RV Bike Gurney!
The video is pretty self-explanatory on the gurney, but I thought I’d jot down a few notes here that might help you if you decide to try to make one yourself:
- I didn’t explicitly call this out in the video, but obviously this contraption works better with the bikes positioned head-to-tail.
- You want to use wood at least 3/4″ (19mm) thick. There are a couple reasons for this. First, it will keep the gurney from flexing when loaded, and second, you will want to recess the fasteners into the bottom of the gurney so that it doesn’t scrape up the floor of your RV. For the one in the video, I used 3/4″ phenolic faced plywood.
- The fork mounts you see in the video are Saris Fork Mounts. The wheel mounts you see are also from Saris. I have no reason to believe other brands wouldn’t work just as well. These are just pieces I had on hand from previous RV bike transport attempts.
- The roller blade wheels are also something I just had on hand (back from when I played roller hockey). They’re nothing terribly special. But you do need to pay attention to the diameter of the wheels. The diameter needs to be large enough to clear the bottom of the gurney. But not so high that the gurney rides high off the ground.
- The aluminum angle is just something from the local home center. It’s just cut, filed, drilled, and screwed down to the board. The axles for the wheels are really just a pair of 1/4 -20 bolts. I wouldn’t skate on them, but they work just fine for this application.
- Cutting the through-holes for the wheels will probably be your most challenging part. I did these with a template and a router.
- I only added two wheels because I did not want the gurney sliding around while we were driving. I didn’t mention this in the video, but on the end opposite the wheels, I have some rubber stops mounted to keep the gurney from sliding unintentionally.
- Take your time getting the positioning of your bikes right before screwing everything down. You want the bikes very compact, but not so compact that you damage them getting them on and off the gurney. For ours, I was able to get the rear wheels inside the handlebars of the opposite bikes. It’s not too bad to get them on – but I wouldn’t want to have to do it in a hurry.
- It’s not ideal, but in a pinch, one person can load and unload the gurney. Two caveats: First, your wingspan must be big enough to grab both sets of handlebars. Second, it works better if you haven’t removed the lawyer lips from your front forks.
- When using the gurney for storage outside the RV, it really does lock up both rear triangles and both front wheels. We’re more likely to take the bikes outside when we land now that we have a super-easy way to lock them up.
And that’s going to about do it. If you have any questions, ask away below. Thanks!