E-bikes And RV Living Review – Are They Worth It?

You might have noticed that e-bikes right now are all the craze. And rightly so! They are super fun and a great way to get around even for those not in the best physical condition.

But are e-bikes and RV Life compatible? We have been checking out e-bikes from both Lectric and Himiway. We’ve been riding these bikes in State Parks and on bike trails. We’ve discovered some pros and cons to e-bikes when it comes to RV Travel.

E-Bikes Pros (Why We LOVE them).

Some “pros” when it comes to e-bikes are the typical things that probably come to mind. Being able to go faster and further are the two big ones that come to mind. E-bikes have a battery operated motor and use something called “pedal” assist that help propel the bike forward when pedaling. How long this motor lasts really depends on how much you are using the pedal assist and at what level. (Both the Lectric and the Himiway models we’ve tested have 5 levels for pedal assist).

Pedal Assist

Having pedal assist can be beneficial for those who need a little extra help with riding a bike on an incline. You can enjoy bike riding while not being “tip top” physical condition. This can open up bike riding to a larger group of people. Especially those who would enjoy riding a bike with their spouse or partner. But are not at the same level of physical conditioning. Having 1 person on a traditional bike while the other person is on a e-bike can be a great option for those who are in excellent physical condition, but have a partner that is not at the same level. Like wise, this can be a great way for parents and tweens to enjoy a longer ride together.

Something to note about pedal assist. You will find your self using the pedal assist almost 100% of the time. This is in part because propelling a very heavy bike on your own is no easy task. If you’re a parent that has towed a bike trailer with a little one, you probably have an idea of what it might feel like trying to ride an e-bike with NO assist.

Having an e-bike as an alternate form of transportation while RVing can be a great option. Being able to zip over to the grocery store, a local farmers market or just riding around the campground can be a great way to use e-bikes while living RV Life. Many e-bikes can be folded which makes them easier to transport.

Himiway and Lectric E-bikes Rv Living

E-Bikes Cons

There are always up and down sides to everything and owning e-bikes while Rving is no exception. The only real “con” of traveling with e-bikes is transportation. Transporting the e-bikes (even the foldable kind) can be a challenge. Unless you already own a toy hauler and have the space (and weight capacity) to easily transport e-bikes, it can be a little tricky to figure out how to bring the e-bikes with you.

E-bikes are NOT light-weight. Add a motor and a battery onto a bike frame and you add easily 10-25 pounds of weight (beyond your typical bike weight) depending on the motor and battery size.

While there are some racks made specifically for e-bikes, it can be hard to find ones that are rated for 5th wheels, travel trailers, etc. The Lectric bikes are foldable – this helps with space. However, they are still heavy so you have to account for the extra weight if the plan is to fold them and then put them in your RV.

The other thing to consider is storing the e-bikes while at the campground. You will want to keep a cover over them so they are out of the elements (also, out of sight, out of mind is always best). You will also want to keep them secured with some sort of bike lock.

E-bike Lectric RV Living

Is Riding an E-bike Cheating?

Yes, totally. But only if you’re expecting riding an e-bike to take the place of your workout. If that is not your expectation, then no need to feel like you’re cheating. Think of it as a fun experience. Like the fun you have when out riding around on a Golf Cart! And not as a work out or a physically strenuous activity.

Transporting E-Bikes

We are not sure how we are going to travel with our e-bikes yet. The challenge for our family is having 4 riders and needing 4 bikes. Transporting 4 “regular” bicycles is much easier than transporting 4 e-bikes. Our RV set up is a class A diesel pusher towing a Jeep Wrangler. Putting a bike rack on the back of the RV is doable BUT there is a ton of heat in the rear due to the rear engine. Excess heat wouldn’t be good for all of the electrical connections, etc. If you have found a good solution for e-bikes (times 4) please leave us a comment and let us know!

Overall e-bikes are super fun and can make bike riding accessible for more people. If you can fit them into the RV Lifestyle, we think they are a great way to have fun while on the road.

You can see more in the video on our YouTube Channel.

To get $50 of a Himiway bike use this link or enter coupon code Grateful Glamper at checkout.

For the Lectric Ebike, go to Gratefulglamper.com/lectric

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2 Comments on “E-bikes And RV Living Review – Are They Worth It?”

  1. We have two full size electric bikes we put on our tow Jeep behind the MH. We use the Kuat NV Base 2.0 bike rack. It works great and Kuat has awesome customer service! Five star business for sure. Now about the bikes…buyer beware as some of the ebike companies are very very difficult to work with. I have a Maxfoot M17 which I love but. It is a cruiser style fat tire but the customer service is horrendous! I have been without my battery and controller now for over a month. I have had it since June and have only used it a handful of times because of issues. My husband has an Aistormotor which is a fat tire mountain bike style. He hasn’t had to use customer service but getting it was not easy. Both companies, the only way to contact them is to email and they are obviously in China and respond in the middle of the night if they respond at all. I actually tried to buy a Himiway originally but had difficulties with that also. Since we are on the road we needed them to both arrive at the same time. They said they could hold one until they were both ready to be shipped at the same time as well as the bike rack I ordered from them. When it came time for shipment they were going to send my husband’s first and mine would come three weeks later which is difficult to make arrangements to pick it up when you’re on the road and they said they wouldn’t hold everything until they can ship it all at one time. When I asked them about the bike rack that wouldn’t have come for another month so I cancelled the order because two bikes with no bike rack wasn’t going to do me any good and the logistics of trying to receive three separate shipping’s was not feasible. I have heard Rad has the best reputation and best customer service. I have not talked to anyone that has had trouble with their Rad bike or customer service and every one of those Rad bike owners love their bikes. I wish I had gone that route originally. I would have definitely explored Lectric but they didn’t have a full size fat tire bike like we wanted. All I can say is do your due diligence on the companies you’re buying from. Try calling your customer service . If you can’t get through on the phone then explore other options. You may want to go onto the Facebook pages of the companies you’re looking at and follow progress of customer service. That will tell you a lot!

    1. This is really great feedback and love the part about checking into and testing customer support. Thanks for the great comment!

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