Anyone knows what this is on the back of my camper

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  1. Onderweg

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    Hi you all,

    In May we bought ourselves a nice Camper !! Its a Fiat Ducati built 1991/2. Did quite some campering with it: went to Scandinavia, Paris and in september to France and northern Spain.
    Had a great time. :thumb:

    Everywhere we went we have asked people whether they knew what the thing is which is included at the bottom of the bike-rack, sofar no-one could tell us what it is :cry:

    First here a photo of the back of the camper:

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    And here a photo of the bottom part of the bike-rack of which we really cant imagine the function.

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    Can anyone help us out ??
     
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    Looks like part of a towing system Paul
     
  3. Onderweg

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    Thanks Roger,

    The construction looks to fragile to tow a trailer.

    A round pipe will fit into it, but nothing there to secure it :shout:
     
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    It looks like it is for a drop in rack for a scooter or motorbike.
     
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    back of van

    onderweg looks like you can slot witter cycle rack into it to carry up to 4 cycles? tony &marlene morris:Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Hi, just a thought, it looks like an aftermarket fit (new section bolted on) maybe its to slot an aerial in or perhaps a flag pole?

    Mark
     
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    Whichever country you are in, stick that country's flag on a pole into the round slot. The cops will defintely not move you on if you are parked illegally.
     
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    Yes,

    I'd go along with the additional cycle carrier (witter style)

    You could always use it for an aerial extension pole I suppose, depending on the diameter of the tube!!

    Steve.
     
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    I go for the flag pole idea - the Dutch are very keen on displaying orange flags at every opportunity.

    If not that then its probably for a bike rack - looks too flimsy to carry a scooter or motorbike.
     
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    Is it a burstner sticker:Rofl1:
     
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    Looks like a mounting socket for a sat dish to me
     
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    Looks like a socket to mount a sat dish to me.
     
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    i reckon at some time its been a towbar and maybe modified.....why else would you have a trailer electrics socket on the right hand bumper?

    john.
     
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    Flag pole, I'd say!!
     
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    To power a lighting board perhaps, when the bikes are on and the number plate is obscured.

    Looking again at the hinge point of the bike rack, I cannot see how another set of bikes would go on, using a witter style mount.

    Flag pole sounds more feasable now.
     
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    Could be to hold a radio Ham antenna, is that coax cable next to the van?
     
  17. Onderweg

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    Hi ShiftZZ,

    No its not coaxcable, this picture is taken on the beach in spain and the cable is my electricity cable

    Hi dougcumiskey,
    the camper has his own built in sat dish, so why mount a second sat dish ?

    Hi papajohn,
    the electrics socket puzzles me as well, see also my remark to American Dream

    Hi American Dream,
    Good observation, didnt notice it myself but you are right when the bike rack is down the center of the "unidentified object:BigGrin:" is between the back of the camper and the standing place of the first bike"

    Hi haganap,
    you are absolutely right, although a little worn, its a buerstner sticker, but that's at the right top of my camper :Rofl1:
    But maybe you know what the sticker on the left top of my camper stands for, we really have no idea

    And thanks to all the others for your suggestions
     
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    if it is for a flagpole i wouldnt want to use it.

    its only inches from the back panel of the van and the larger poles do tend to flex a bit in the wind so it would be hitting the van all the time the wind blew a bit.:Eeek::Eeek:


    the whole bikerack/light protector looks very much over engineered to me.

    my conclusion is its for a detachable tube to secure the bikes to.

    looks like when the bike rack is down and in use there is no upper support to fix the bikes to. they would not be secure enough just tied to the wheel runners.

    the faimma type has the fixing arms built into the upper frame.

    definatly over engineered.
     
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    just looked again and i'm talking rubbish.....never noticed the hinge point :Doh::Doh::Doh:

    best thing would be to remove it all and give yourself more ground clearance :thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
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    Could it be a bike rack within a bike rack!! See picture below perhaps?


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