Carrying bikes on the rear of the van

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 23:17
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Hi everyone just wondering if there is anything we need to know. Our van has a tounge for holding the bike rack and the chasis has been made to take a bike rack. We have light weight aluminium mountain bikes, a solid bike rack and I have ordered a swagman bike cover designed to cover mountain bikes.

Is there any tips or tricks we should know?

Thanks for all your help.
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Reply By: Dust-Devil - Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 01:07

Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 01:07
The Rack, Bikes and Covers must not cover the Licence Plate or the OEM caravan lights. ie Tail, Brake & indicator lights on either side of the caravan.
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Follow Up By: Notso - Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 09:46

Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 09:46
There is also a requirement that the Lights and Number Plate be visible from an angle, I think it's 45 degrees but may be more.

The Nissan Patrols had a similar issue with the placement of the spare wheel on the rear door.
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Reply By: landseka - Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 10:19

Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 10:19
Look carefully at the location of handlebars etc.

I was in my truck behind a van with bikes on the back in Bunbury and could see that a brake lever was rubbing an elongated hole in the back wall of the van.

He had no radio and no amount of signalling would get him to pull over so I could advise him.

Nasty shock when he got to his destination I think.

Cheers Neil
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Reply By: Maaate - Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 10:22

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 10:22
I found the following problems when carrying bikes behind my van:

1) Because of the placement of the bike carrier, they rubbed against the spare tyre, damaging the side wall.

2) Positioning the bikes right at the back causes a LOT of movement (i.e. a lot more than a bike rack fitted to the real of the car). My bike rack is the type which attaches to a towbar, and I was worried about the amount of flex and movement on a single pivot point. Solution would be to secure the rack or bikes with ropes etc. I don't carry bikes that way any more.

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Reply By: bluepatrol - Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 at 20:29

Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 at 20:29
Be careful with the flexing, had a good quality twin rack on my van and after 500kms the welding on the mounting bracket cracked and I nearly lost the lot. Bike racks on vans flex a lot more than when on cars.
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