Back Box And A Bike, Is It Possible

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  1. Dave K

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    Hi all
    I have a Fiamma storage box on the back of the MH and just wondered if it's possible to carry a bicycle as well and if so what would I need (apart from the bike of course!)
    Apparently it would be handy if we had a bike so I could cycle off into town to get supplies when we're away...:whistle:
     
  2. Mack100

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    It might be worth checking that
    the total weights of the back box, its contents, mounting and the bike don't exceed the recommended load for the back panel.
     
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    A few spanners. You take the bike apart, and put it into the box. Stand back, say 'Abracadabra', (whilst waving your Sooty magic wand), and a 23 year old model will climb out! After all, they do say that all the old bikes were once young and pretty. :)(y)
     
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    Silly bu**er:D
     
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    Did you have anyone in mind?

    ................Unkind, unkind



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    Lurpak?? That always struck me as a silly name for butter. :)
    Yes, as a matter of fact I do! (y)
     
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  7. Dave K

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    I might try that, a 23 year old model will be younger than the one I'll be buying :D
     
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    I've looked at this problem for our MH. Our box fits on the bike rack but the rack has holes drlled in it so it can be raised about another foot. If I then use a tow bar mounted bike rack there is just room for a small wheeled folding bicycle to fit, with the seat lowered and the handle bars collapsed but the bike not folded if that makes sense.

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    But I am not sure we could get a second bike on the rack, it probably would fit but we only have one folding bike so I couldn't try it.

    However, our thoughts now are to probably have a custom made box made from aluminium and fitted to the towbar and a pair of folding bikes would fit inside it. This would be much more secure.

    You would also want to check your rear axle loading, especially if your MH has a long overhang at the rear.
     
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    + in Portugal the law is rack/box can only extend out by 10% of the overall length.My Fiamma is illegal folded up ! lol:D
     
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    We have a PCV with a back box on the bike rack
    I raised the carry box height and fitted a towbar mounted bike rack under it
     
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    Fit them on the front. ..In Portugal. probably not allowed in uk. 20150121_124923.jpg
     
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    You might also want to check that your front wheels still touch the road:LOL:
     
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    Even if your not overweight the way some of these bike racks are fitted leave a lot to be desired. My van had the rack fitted at the factory. even so they only used the long self tapping screws to screw into the back of the van when they should have bolted through with a load bearing plate inside the van . I saw a few months ago that the screws had ripped the hole out and the top mounting was hanging off. I had to fix it by putting coach bolts through and out inside the van and put an alum plate to take the load. This was a nightmare as the fixed bed headboard had to come off which was an horrendous job.

    AS you drive along with all that weight on imagine whats happening if you go over a bump or a speed bump a bit too fast. Even those speed restricting lines as you approach an island make the van jiggle up and down and if you have loads of weight on the back that's all dropping full weight over every bump.
     
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    I did it;..... !!!!
    Box was tow ball mounted....


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