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There are 3 of us with recumbent Terra trikes and need to purchase a trailer or rack to hold them. There are a lot of different trails in Florida and we want to ride them. The trikes don't fold. So how can we do it without taking 2 or 3 cars.

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    What kind of car are you planning to use? It wouldn't surprise me if you had 3 people that 2 of them would fit inside a Suburban pretty easily. Though, I'd think all 3 would fit inside a U-Haul trailer 4' x 8' with a bit of arrangement easily, which you can tow with some reasonable car/truck. – Batman Jun 2 '16 at 17:13
  • Ditto what @Batman said - you could probably get all 3 of them on a roof rack on a Crown Vic (nose/tail/nose forward), not so much on a Fit. I doubt you'd find a trailer hitch/bumper rack that could take them, though. – FreeMan Jun 2 '16 at 17:39
  • I'd tow a car trailer, if I were going a decent distance. Consider leaving the car at home and going on a nice weekend bike-packing ride rather than using the car at all. – Criggie Dec 10 '16 at 23:43
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My first thought was just to pile them all onto a roof rack. Even with a smallish car you should be able to get a platform rack that will take two trikes, one facing forward and one backward. Then stack the third (smallest) trike on top of the rear-facing trike. That will likely put the highest point of the trike more than a metre above the roof of the car, but that should be fine. I would run a strap from the trikes to the front bumper of the car, partly for security but also to remind you that they're there. There are a lot of stories of cyclists driving into garages with bikes on the roof (the bikes are often destroyed).

I couldn't find a picture of three trikes on a roof rack, so here's one with four trikes on a small car :)

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I searched online for "recumbent trike car carrier". There's at least one company making a hitch rack that will take two trikes, the "Truckee". Add a roof rack and you should easily fit three trikes on even a smallish car.

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A lot depends on how strong you are, as trikes are not particularly light and those carriers require you to life the trike some distance onto the car. With a roof rack you can (carefully) roll the trike up over the windscreen.

If you have a station wagon with split rear seats you can very likely fit a trike in there with the rear wheel poking through one of the folded down seats, but you'll probably have to pull the "bottom bracket" out of the trike to close the rear door, which is a bit of a hassle (but since that's where you adjust the trike for size, it's something that's designed to be easy-ish to do). If the car is slightly larger you can probably stack two trikes then roll them into the car this way. With something like a Suburb you could probably remove the rear row of seats and stack three trikes across the back on their sides.

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    A "friend" of a friend had their tandem on the roof and attempted to drive their car into a multilevel carpark. The tandem survived. The car roof and surrounding structure was damaged enough for the insurance co to write the car off. – andy256 Jun 2 '16 at 23:53
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    That top one would probably fall foul of the "no overhangs" law. So its totally region-dependent. – Criggie Dec 10 '16 at 23:41

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