Transporting a Rambler

Will be buying a new Rambler for my wife next week. I currently have a Path 8 that I transport in the back of my Santa Fe. Wondering is it would be possible to fit both trikes in the vehicle if I was to retract the Rambler's boom to reduce its overall length? Does anyone do this with their Rambler?



  • I don't know how you feel about lifting your trike. . . but my Rambler rides on top of my Outback (see my user pic). The Santa Fe is a few inches taller, but if both trikes won't fit in the back, you can consider transporting on top. You could also look at hitch racks for either vertical or horizontal transport on the back - less lifting, but tougher to get the first trike in your Santa Fe.
  • What accessory do you use to mount the trike to the outback roof rails?
  • Accessories. . . I built my own roof rack. I have 2 Thule rails with frame clamps; one for my wife's DF and the other for my Rambler - but I had to bend it so it would grab the trike frame (horizontal bar vs. DF). I also have 2 Yakima rails for my front wheels: they were the front fork locking type with broken locks. I removed the locks, turned them around and my front wheels secure where a DF rear wheel would. Add some cobbled together cross bars, a set of Subaru accessory clamps, some patience and tweaking. . . You now have a home made trike rack. I found most items used on Craigslist and have less than $100 into it - and that includes my new Yakima wind fairing that I haven't quite figured out how to fit into this Franken-Rack.
    My user icon is a photo of my Rambler in the rack.
  • Outback myself. Luggage rack and some Velcro ties.yuqgc75um9ua.jpeg
  • You are lucky to have cross bars on your roof rack. Most car companies consider them an add-on. Looks like it works well except for that heel strap hanging down in front of the driver's view.
  • Outback myself. Luggage rack and some Velcro ties.yuqgc75um9ua.jpeg

    You might want to get one of our UTC (Universal Trike Carrier). It has the foam rubber feet an some adjustable tie downs. Same concept but might help prevent any scratching.
    Jeff "Chonk" Yonker
    Marketing Dude @TerraTrike

    You miss 100% of the shots you don't take - Wayne Gretsky
  • Yes, the Terratrike roof carrier ( UTC ) mentioned above works great !
  • Hi,

    I use one of these on my Volkswagen Passat.

    It can expand to carry up to 2 trikes and 2 standard bikes (at the same time).

    I also have a small Northern Tools trailer with a ramp if I'm taking a few bikes/trikes...

    Doc S
  • I looked at the Alpaca and the Hitch riders but one has to lift the whole trike onto the rack. That is very difficult for me to do. {Bad back, hips, knees}. So i bought a Home Depot aluminum folding rack and modified it with 1 1/4 " 1/4" thick angle pieces. Hold my RAT down with Harbor Freight tie downs9aazgfg7ubho.png
  • I was afraid my trike stuck out on the sides of the car. But, I'm preparing to go to a bike rally and dreading having to put the trike on the Alpaca. I've got to devise a winch system!
  • Florida_ I was worried about that too, all that extends out on mine are a couple inches of the crank, outside the side of my car. But my car is small, and not wide My rack with the trike is actually narrower than most trailers you see on the road. No worries. I watch when I pull in and out of my garage.
  • I am a new owner of a rambler with a N380 and a patterson transmission in front. My wife has a greenspeed magnum and both fit in a honda odyssey with middle seats taken out. Without folding the magnum. :)
    In Iowa
  • I'm about ready for a new car and was going to look at minivans. I owned a Ford Windstar from 1998 to 2009 and loved it. I really like that there is no ridge along the bottom of the door opening. Please explain to me why that is needed?

    I noticed that many elderly drove minivans because they were the perfect height for those with limited mobility to get in and out of.

    I'm going to try a strap with a come-along crank on it to see if it helps to get the trike on the carrier. I'll let you know if it works.
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    On longer trips, I decided to remove the seat and turn her around for stability sake. I still avoid big Highways and I cringe a little every time I hit a bump (for no reason). Chonk, are you worried about me scratching the car or the trike?
  • I put my rambler right in the back of my chrysler town and country mini van.
  • edited February 27
    I built mine from a broken Thule and a $20 Walmart hitch rack
  • $20 Walmart hitch rack???? Huh?
  • So the rack/trike sticks out almost 6 feet from the bumper???
  • edited March 2
    Yup, I put the cheapest harbor freight trailer lights on it, and plug it in to the hitch connection, so it's legal for either my truck or my jeep...
    The base rack that I started with was a $20 steel Walmart clearance thing, and the rails are part of a wrecked Thule bike carrier
  • Mr Rambler fits inside my 2006 Pontiac Vibe. :)
  • these both go into Foresterhxb2adyvcxpz.jpg
  • Two folding trikes (TerraTrike Traveler & Catrike 559) plus camera gear, and nearly everything we need for two months travel over 5,000 miles, including French press, coffee grinder, and coffee beans, my CPAP supplies, a large bag of prescription meds, and too many clothes, etc., all fit into our Prius V. Where there is a will, there is a way.
  • edited August 20
    When you've got the bug...
    ... had to share it. ;)

    Want to see one with a trike on board... !

    ¬ ITL
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