Thread: rear bumper ski rack ideas

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    Default rear bumper ski rack ideas

    im building a bumper with a spare tire carrier and jug carrier, both of which will be kind of modular to mount other things on it. im trying to find a good solution for carrying skis, ive seen people just use a pvc pipe and bungee cords, which honestly seems like a decent idea, but what other solutions are out there?

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    The tall Yakima Rocketbox mounted vertical to work like a "Ski Vault" would be my choice.
    This way everything stays nice and clean inside. Carve a foam block to hold everything in place.
    Craigslist is a good place to find them used. Picked one up a few years back for $100.00

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    Ski racks can be mounted to pretty much any flat surface, how many pairs do you intend to carry?
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    Probably will be carrying 2 most the time, with up to 4. I like the rocket box idea, I’d probably need a narrow one to fit between my tire and the jug carriers. Anyone have pictures of some of these ideas? I’m having trouble picturing how the rack or box would actually mount to the bumper

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsa111 View Post
    Probably will be carrying 2 most the time, with up to 4. I like the rocket box idea, I’d probably need a narrow one to fit between my tire and the jug carriers. Anyone have pictures of some of these ideas? I’m having trouble picturing how the rack or box would actually mount to the bumper
    You could actually attach it to the spare tire/carrier pretty easily.
    1998 Montero with winter/locker package with Old Man Emu springs/torsion bars/shocks, ARB winch bumper, 33x10.50 km2's, aluminum roof rack with ARB awning

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    Have you taken into account the salt,mud,muck that accumulates on the rear of a vehicle on wet roads? If youíve used a rear mount bike rack Iím sure youíve seen it. I might be a little Leary to put my skis into that environment.
    I kinda like the rocket box idea but they are so fragile Iím not too sure I would trust it mounted vertically either. What about a fabricated aluminum box with pegs/tie downs inside?
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    Why not on the roof?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnkid85 View Post
    Have you taken into account the salt,mud,muck that accumulates on the rear of a vehicle on wet roads? If you’ve used a rear mount bike rack I’m sure you’ve seen it. I might be a little Leary to put my skis into that environment.
    I kinda like the rocket box idea but they are so fragile I’m not too sure I would trust it mounted vertically either. What about a fabricated aluminum box with pegs/tie downs inside?
    Second that - the back of a vehicle is no place for skis - unless you don't like them!
    Roof mounted ski box is the only way to go.
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    I'm only 5'9" and my primary skis are 186 cm = over six feet long. If I mounted skis on the rear of my Jeep XJ and didn't let them hang any lower than the bumper, then they would stick out waaay above the roof line. Maybe you could get away with it by mounting them diagonally, but I agree with the consensus so far: that's a messy and brutal location for your skis.

    One trick I've learned about reducing the storage volume of a skis inside a vehicle (or roof top box for that matter) is to put a heavy duty rubber band around the binding brakes, so the brakes are held up above the ski base, in the same position they are stowed when you ski. Like this:


    Load the skis into the empty trunk first, side-by-side and base down. Then you can stack the rest of your cargo on top of the skis and because the ski base is flush with the trunk, you hardly notice the thickness at all and simply have to stack the rest of your cargo around the bindings.

    Now, you do need to fold down the back-seat, or have a truck bed, and unloading the skis is a bit of a pain because they're under all the rest of your cargo, but it takes up way less space than the more traditional approach of storing the skis base to base and interlocking the brakes. I've also seen this technique employed to "rack" the skis to the ceiling inside a car, which was pretty slick, but you'd have to make a bomb-proof rack to keep it safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnkid85 View Post
    Have you taken into account the salt,mud,muck that accumulates on the rear of a vehicle on wet roads? If you’ve used a rear mount bike rack I’m sure you’ve seen it. I might be a little Leary to put my skis into that environment.
    I kinda like the rocket box idea but they are so fragile I’m not too sure I would trust it mounted vertically either. What about a fabricated aluminum box with pegs/tie downs inside?
    I've bashed mine through trees, dropped it off the roof loaded and unloaded with stuff. Definitely has some scrapes, but no damage. Not sure where the "fragile" thing came from. Unless they are talking about when the box is open, and has no support. I can tell you from real world experience, when the box is closed it is pretty darned tough.

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