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  1. Autoquest

    Autoquest Read Only Funster

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    I am going to buy one of these as soon as I get the towbar fitted to my little 115

    http://www.easylifter.co.uk/hydra-trail.htm

    but here is a question for you all;

    If this transverse trailer did not have a single wheel then it would be nothing more than a bike rack - but does the addition of the wheel make it a trailer (given that it is fixed to back of the van and does not articulate) ?

    Would you book a ferry or the tunnel by declaring it as a 3m trailer or would you add 1.5m to the length of your van?

    Hmmm. Seeemed to have buggered up the title - Can you tweak it for me Jim?
     
  2. olley

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    Hi according to a reply on another site, if it can be removed with spanners its a trailer, otherwise its classed as overhang/bikerack.

    They look an interesting idea, but for me they create as many problems as they solve. You now have a large pendulum weight swinging around the back of your vehicle, which with its all ready large overhang, is going to effect the handling.

    The other problem I see is the increase in swing out at the rear, mine, already at 12' overhang is bad enough, but add another 3' :Doh:.

    Olley
     
  3. Jaws

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    Olley, you sure you have that right mate ??
    ANYTHING can be removed WITH spanners !

    I think perhaps it was a slip ?
    If it can be removed WITHOUT spanners it is a trailer ??
    That would make sense :Smile:
     
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    It is nothing more than a bike rack (a very nice one at that) and booking as a trailer is only adding unnecessary expense
    I would at best add the 1.5 meters to my legnth, but may be tempted to use real legnth of motor home and just click it has a bike rack button:RollEyes:
    Anyone who doubts that it is just a bike rack should be invited to unhook it complete with bike and push it over there:Doh::thumb:
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    Agreed.It looks like a well-engineered piece of kit.

    With the bike on the back I would certainly have the rear camera firmly focussed on it ...

    My can is fitted where a "normal" rear-view mirror would originally be mounted and acts as the same.

    Interesting concept.:Cool:

    It does worry me the wheel is mounted directly under the bike though; apparently unsprung and relying on the whole unit to absorb the road vibration on a swinging assembly.

    What if the tyre blows?

    I guess I'd prefer 2 wheels / tyres mounted together for that eventuality and a sprung wheel.

    Hey That's just me I guess....Over-engineering again.
     
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    One area of concern for me would be the state of our roads at present
    You have a simple choice now
    Either hit the potholes with your front wheels or your bike rack centre wheel:Doh: what will be the outcome of repeated pot hole collision on the rack itself and rear mounts of the vehicle
    Also the hedgehog preservation society thing its a diabolical idea:Eeek::Eeek::Eeek:
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    Not if its welded :BigGrin: But you may be right mate, have to try and find the original post. Personally I think its a trailer, and they are bringing out a twin rear wheel version for greater weight carrying. (400kg?)

    Olley
     
  8. Autoquest

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    Thanks for all the replies - Where did you get the info from about the twin wheel setup Olley? I would wait for that if one is in the pipeline.

    I spoke to Easylifter chap and he said that a beefier tyre was all that was required for me to carry my Burgman at 267kgs

    Would the loss of a tyre be any worse than the asymetric loading on a trailer?

    You've got me thinking about that rear swing effect now.... I only have a small overhang and can't quite imagine any adverse effects.
     
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    Found the post, sorry its the Ezetow :Blush: not Easilift. And and it looks like you posted it.

    Don't see why they couldn't add another wheel, to increase the carrying capacity.

    Olley
     
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    if it is an OVERHANG then it is possibly illegal anyway.

    construction and use regs say an overhang can only be 60% of the wheelbase protruding behind the rear axle (this includes the bodywork)...most motorhomes are very close to this limit anyway.

    im also with jaws on the spanners bit.....if it needs spanners to remove it then its a part of the van and will be an overhang:thumb:
     
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    Actually I think I am with you on this to be honest ! If it has a wheel then logic would say it is a trailer.. But then.... since when has logic had anything to do with the motor game !!
     
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    :BigGrin::BigGrin::BigGrin: That'l be a rack or a trailer then :BigGrin::BigGrin::thumb:
     
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    Orrr.. A trailer rack ! ( sounds better !!:BigGrin: )
     
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    I don't have to worry about that papa, as mine is already over the limit. :Eek!: That's why the pendulum effect is such a problem for me. :Doh:

    Olley
     
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    goodness please dont get an easylifter scooter rack! :Eek!::Sad:

    as in 2007 me & gazz (my ex boyfriend) brought one for the back of kampy.. so we could put the sukida commander 125 scooter on the back & take her around europe with us..

    after going around europe for acouple of months the scooter rack snapped! :helpsos:
    so we had to pull over in a car park in the middle of this town we didnt know..

    my poor old scooter had been bashed about by that thing before it snapped.. denting my scooter badly and leaving holes in the foot board.. my scooter was brand new in 07 for the trip..

    anyway back to easylifter scooter rack, the rack snapped.. leaving the scooter hanging over the road.. and if it wasnt for gazz's great added on design.. 2 straps, the scooter would have gone bang on the floor... as it was leaning at such an angle.

    gazz strapped it up the best he could and we headed back through france and caught the ferry to dover home, and ended up making a trip to my brothers house, so we could remove the dam rack.. and had to leave the scooter there.. making our trip round europe without it.
    and having to rely on some cheap cycles to get us around. :Doh:

    the route i'd go down would be, no to easylifter made stuff.. and go for something that doesnt use the hand pump system, that lowers the rack down enough to get the scooter on and off.. and go for something better made.. lol

    sure if you send gazznhelz a message, Gazz will tell you what we did... and what sort to go for, as he's good at that kinda thing.
     
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