Bike Rack Solution needed

Submitted: Friday, Feb 18, 2011 at 14:16
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Does anyone have a solution re carrying 4 bikes?..problem as follows:

I have a HR WDH with 100m offset. I want to add a 3-4 bike rack onto the towball - yet the Standford model H plate which fits under the towball passes the sides of the WDH - yet will not allow sufficient room for either installation nor pivotting of the WDH arms when connected to the van.

I know the Pacific brand of carriers will not work either with the WDH as they have a cross brace underneath the fixing plate which will makes contact with the WDH.

Does anyone have another brand that works?
I do not have room on the A frame for a bike carrier due to gas bottles, WDH chain points etc.
I want to avoid carrying bikes on rear of van due to weight & sway.

Any solutions?
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Reply By: garbage - Friday, Feb 18, 2011 at 15:29

Friday, Feb 18, 2011 at 15:29
I'm looking for a solution for 4 bikes as well but don't have the obstacle of the WDH. I tow a camper trailer. You didn't mention what you were towing - is it a caravan? Can you carry them on the roof of the car or is that already utilised? If you're already using the roof of the car for something else, can you put a toolbox on the A frame so that the stuff on the roof can be moved to the toolbox instead, freeing up room on the roof for 2-3 bikes? Have you considered replacing a couple with foldup bikes?
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Reply By: Member - Captain (WA) - Friday, Feb 18, 2011 at 16:32

Friday, Feb 18, 2011 at 16:32
I have had bike racks on my old caravan (fitted it myself), my current camper van (helped design it in conjunction with AORC) and also had one on my previous camper trailer (Camprite design). The fold down front van bike rack works well and is my favorite carrier.

My rear mount camper trailer bike rack was very solid and the only way the bikes were ever going to come off was if I didn't tie them on well enough, but I must admit I much prefer to see them

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Designed for 4 bikes - best IMHO

Only 3 bikes on for this trip, but it does carry 4.

Bikes swing out of the way - can be left on for overnighters.


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Reply By: Budge 1 - Friday, Feb 18, 2011 at 16:39

Friday, Feb 18, 2011 at 16:39
Towing 22ft full ht caravan.
Thanks for yr replies.
Garbage: Kids won't like folding bikes. And am hesitant to keep them in the van.
Captain : Did you make up the A Frame Rack - or was it store purchased? Due to design of the van - don't think we can do the platform.
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Follow Up By: Member - Captain (WA) - Friday, Feb 18, 2011 at 18:04

Friday, Feb 18, 2011 at 18:04
I made up the A frame rack. As it was on a Windsor Rapid, it needed to be removed every time the beds were setup, a bit of a pain but otherwise worked well.

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Reply By: SDG - Friday, Feb 18, 2011 at 17:51

Friday, Feb 18, 2011 at 17:51
What are you towing with?
I have a Patrol that I bought a carrier for that fits onto the spare wheel, while mine only carries two bikes, I did see one that carried three. While mine is suppose to carry two, I did put two small kids bikes as well as my full size on once. The other I threw on the roof, as it was not coming off as often.
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Reply By: Budge 1 - Friday, Feb 18, 2011 at 22:42

Friday, Feb 18, 2011 at 22:42
Thanks SDG. Towing with a LC200. No spare wheel on back - so not an option for me unfortunately.
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Reply By: Member - Ken H1 (WA) - Saturday, Feb 19, 2011 at 21:38

Saturday, Feb 19, 2011 at 21:38
I have only a two bike carrier but they do makea four bike model - try Camec. I got mine there. I had two 9kg gas bottles mounted on top of the A-frame. Replaced them with two 4.5 kg bottles mounted on an outrigger welded under the A-frame. Then built the simple platform welded to the A-frame and attached the bike rack to it with four u-bolts. The bike rack will tilt forward about 45 degrees to facilitate access to the boot but I find I extremely rarely have to use that. The bike mount must be removed to change the gas bottles but, using a ratchet spanner, this only takes a few minutes. It is amazing how long a 4.5 kg gas bottle will last even without trying to skimp on gas.Image Could Not Be Found
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