Caravanning & Bike Racks

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 16:35
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Hi everyone

I'm looking to buy a bike rack that will need to hold at least three bikes for when we take the 'van away. Does anyone have any recommendations on good type/model etc that will still give good access to the tow bar and, preferably, one that will fold down?

thanks for any advice in advance, much appreciated.
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Reply By: Notso - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 18:15

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 18:15
I've just mounted a Mac rack on mine but I put it on the draw bar instead of the rear bumper.

It's a three bike rack but I only carry two bikes, both fairly solid mountain bikes. about 12 to 15kg each. The bar weighs about 10kg.

I originally mounted it on the rear bumper of the old van but I didn't like the look of the weight of the new vans rear bumper material.
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Reply By: DIO - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 18:27

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 18:27
You should be able to resolve the matter but keep an eye on the weight increase - too much and you could cause your van to become unbalanced and possibly unstable. Just keep an eye on your T.B.W. and see that it doesn't decrease below recommended limits.
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Reply By: Member - Don M (NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:17

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:17
Actually I have never had one but I have been looking at 2 bike racks and the Fiamma gear looks the goods. I saw them at the Sydney Supershow and got a catalogue. The "Caravan XL PRO 300" holds 3 bikes and folds forward so you can open the caravan boot without taking off the bikes...I think it will be expensive though...??
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Reply By: Grassparrot - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 09:02

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 09:02
Stevo-z
I have recently purchased a bike rack that holds 4 bikes from repco for $110 about 2-3 months ago. I only carry three bikes on it as I havn't worked out how to pack them properly. I have it mounted to the rear of my camper along with tool boxes and it also does fold down. Have done 2 trips and all is well. I have an extra ratchet strap from the bike rack to a secure point under the camper to reduce rack movement/sway.
Parrot
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Reply By: Member - Matt (Perth-WA) - Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 11:11

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 at 11:11
Stevo I can picture where exactly you wish to mount the bikes...drawbar or at the rear of the van, but might I make a suggestion.

I bought a reece style rack for my bikes for about $70 and it is very sturdy. Can be mounted on the vehicle when no trailer and I intend to mount a reece receiver at the rear of my camoer trailer when Im towing it.

If your van will suit a hitch being welded to the rear bar on the caravan I beleive this will make a very stable, reliable and easy option for transporting bikes with and without the van.

All the Best

Matt.
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