Bike Racks

Submitted: Friday, May 13, 2016 at 13:41
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Has anyone had experience with bike racks for a Caravan . I would like to mount one on the A frame of the Van...a Jayco Journey 17 ft. There is a company called"Fiamma" that has a large range. We have 2 bikes to carry thanks johno
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Reply By: Notso - Friday, May 13, 2016 at 14:19

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 14:19
I carried bikes two ways on different round Aus trips. The first time was on the rear of the van. Used a standard two bike tow ball mounted rack. Just added a bracket to the very strong rear bumber and mounted the attachment to it.

The second time I had a different van with a less than substantial rear bumber so mounted the same rack on the draw bar of the van. Used a couple of substantial U Bolts. That worked fine also. The only problem is if you really need to Jacknife the van, you can come in contact with the bikes. This would depend on how long your draw bar was too.
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Reply By: steved58 - Friday, May 13, 2016 at 14:51

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 14:51
Yep had mine on the front of the van and bent one of the wheels when i had a very tight turn on a no through road I now have a different van with a fiamma rack bolted to the back wall of the van very secure Be careful if bolting to the rear bumper a search on google will show photos of very secure looking racks ripped clean off the bumper The a frame would be a better option than the rear bumper
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Reply By: Meridith D - Friday, May 13, 2016 at 16:12

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 16:12
We have a Gripsport bike rack on the Aframe.
It sits above the gas bottles and there is plenty of room between it and the car - even with the back door open. I can't put photos up, but if your look up their webstie you'll get some good ideas.
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Reply By: Member - Andy M (QLD) - Friday, May 13, 2016 at 16:52

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 16:52
Check out iSi Advanced 4x4 Bicycle Carrier. Built tough and simple.
http://www.isi-carriers.com/products.html

Andy
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Follow Up By: Michaeljp - Friday, May 13, 2016 at 17:35

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 17:35
ISI-Carriers are the best bike rack in Australia bar none. Built in Australia for
All Australian conditions. They might be a bit pricey but you get what you pay for. I have their rack on my 4WD and travelled tens of thousands of km's over corrugated roads where the other brands would just fall apart, as i witnessed on the Tanamai track last year.
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Reply By: wendys - Friday, May 13, 2016 at 17:00

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 17:00
We had a bike rack that went on the tow ball of our 4WD. When we had the van built, had a piece added to the A frame - like an upside down U with splayed legs. This had hole in the top cross piece to take a towball. It was higher than the gas bottles. Rack went on towball there - the bikes were carried fairly high. Worked well for our 3 years full time on the road and in some subsequent trips.c Meant when we were parked up somewhere, could put bikes on back of 4WD and go off into the bush and then ride, too.
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Reply By: David T6 - Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 01:41

Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 01:41
I also have an ISI on my Landcruiser. They are a well designed strong robust carrier designed by a keen mountain biker who does remote outback touring. There is a bolt on carrier available for caravan or camper trailer drawbars. He stands by his product warranty.
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Reply By: Member - Allan L2 - Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 08:02

Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 08:02
Johno, be aware that you will most likely have to remove the rack itself to open your front boot on a Jayco Journey.
Cheers ,
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Follow Up By: David T6 - Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 16:43

Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 16:43
With the ISI carriers they are a mount with a pivot, so to explain a little better. The tow hitch mount holds the bikes securely, but if you need access to the gear in the vehicle cargo area, there a pin about 8mm in diameter you remove and also a safety lever to be raised. This enables access to the rear of the vehicle without removing the bikes.
So for the van, you should still have access to the forward storage compartment.
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