Bike racks

Submitted: Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 15:59
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Needing everyone's thoughts, opinions and ideas on a bike rack (4) mounted to the back bumper of our 22 foot caravan. All positives & negatives will be taken on board. Cheers!
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Reply By: Member - J&R - Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 16:19

Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 16:19
So what will be the total additional weight you'll be hanging off the rearmost point of the van?
Is there any additional (read not factory fitted or factory balance allowed for) equipment also hanging off its bum? (tyres, water/fluid storage, steel bumper etc)
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Follow Up By: ROFFEY FAMILY - Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 16:37

Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 16:37
The tyre has been removed and we will carry it on the roof racks, 2 adult bikes & 1 child's bike roughly 40kgs.
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Reply By: Rob M5 - Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 16:30

Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 16:30
I have built a bike rack on he back of our Jaycio discovery attached to the spare wheel bracket seems to work all right.At down hill racing last weekend and a company yakima were selling all sorts of bike racks and they had one that fits straight on to the spare Tyre bracket on 4x4 good idea, I suggested it would be great for the caravan but they said the warranty (life time warranty on their racks) would be void as they reckon too much movement on the back of the van. So far mine has been great.
Hope this helps.

Rob
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Follow Up By: ROFFEY FAMILY - Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 16:34

Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 16:34
Hi Rob,
Are you able to email me through a few pics please if no trouble at broffey1976@bigpond.com thanks Brett
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Reply By: Peterpan - Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 16:44

Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 16:44
Hi , if they are road racing bikes they will be half the weight of mountain bikes .I fitted a 3 bike rack to the drawbar on my van . Our new van was ordered with bike rack on rear for our road bikes but I will probably fit the old rack on van drawbar for my mountain bike .
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Follow Up By: ROFFEY FAMILY - Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 16:59

Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 16:59
Hi,
They are Mountain bikes :-)
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Reply By: Member - Andrew L (WA) - Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 19:37

Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 19:37
Check out isi-Racks
They are not the cheapest racks around but great quality and rugged design. I have the Extreme 4x4 version.
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Reply By: Member - Peter M (QLD) - Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 08:12

Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 08:12
Friends of ours travelling through Northern WA had wheel bearing problems with their van (it had been serviced prior to leaving Southern NSW) and the WA mechanic told them that part of their wheel bearing problem was caused by the 2 road bikes on a bike rack at the back of the van. He also suggested that as they had increased the overall registered length of the van he thought their insurance company might use that as an excuse to reject a future claim.
They ditched the bikes.
Right/wrong decision I don't know!!!!!
Stay safe & stay well
PeterM (Qld)
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Reply By: Rebecca H - Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 08:19

Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 08:19
We also made a bracket that allowed us to attach the rack to our spare wheel on back of van. No photos sorry but it worked well as no issues :) (last trip, didn't bring our bikes this time, just the kids)
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