Made a bike carrier today

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  1. Forestboy

    Forestboy Funster Life Member

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    I've been trying to find a way to carry the bicycles on the rear of the RV without drilling any holes as well as carrying the motorcycle on the trailer at the same time. Nothing I've seen really achieved what I wanted so down the workshop last week with a big hammer some plate and the welder and made my own. At the same time I altered the towbar too give me an extra 4" ground clearance and added an extension to the nose of the trailer to level it up and also gain a few extra inches ground clearance on the rear end. Everything is quick release so the whole process only takes a couple of minutes.
    Here's the result;
     
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    If you mean the back tyre of the motorbike its just mud, when I loaded it the back wheel was on the lawn and skidded a bit as it went on the trailer, bloody lawns waterlogged.

    We're off South this weekend meeting some friends at Paignton:thumb:
     
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    Looks good!!:thumb::thumb: At least by making your own you can get what you want, you never seem to be able to find what you are looking for at the time, come 6 months later you are falling over the dam things, and you no longer need it.


    Good job


    Dave:thumb::thumb:
     
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    Nice job Ror, :BigGrin:

    Olley
     
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    :Cool: Nice job Ror. Almost the same as the £19.99 Halfords bike rack I had welded onto my towbar back plate on our old Coachmen. :thumb:
     
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    Are you sure that lots legal ror

    Jim
    :Laughing:
     
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    Yeah I think so.
    All the lights are visible as are number plates and reflectors, when the trailers on it has a legal number plate and lights. The bikes weigh 20 kgs and the trailer puts 30kgs on the hitch, don't see a problem.:RollEyes: I hope.
     
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    That's a well equipped MH.

    But looks into crystal ball...... I see stress in that butt joint. I see shredded bikes. Trouble is this crystal ball doesn't do dated.

    I'd have a safety wire round those bikes and a fillet on the but joint. Or maybe it looks much stronger in the flesh.
     
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    If it anything like the one he made for his Damon A class, the RV will fall of the tow bar first:Eek!:
    In fact he nearly sunk the ferry with it when it caught on the ramp:Rofl1::Rofl1:
    Rory
    Does this mean your easylifter is for sale:thumb:
    Tony Santara is in the market for one:RollEyes:
    Geo
     
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    sorry to dissapoint Rory, I hope you had a great time doing it. If you would of asked I have the same system sat in my garage that I havn't used since giving up caravaning years ago :Blush: could of been yours for a pint :Rofl1:


    Still looks like you have carried it off yourself, well done :thumb:
     
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    Like I said make one and 6 months later you are falling over the dam things!! Well this is the first:Rofl1: wait for the rest.


    Dave:thumb::thumb:
     
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    You're so right Geo they've obviously never seen a Forestboy fabrication the chassis will snap before that breaks.

    No don't want to sell the Easylifter at the moment.
     
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    :thumb:nice one
     
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    Thanks Matey:cry::cry::Eeek::Eeek:
     
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    Posted just 5 mins before the program on bridge failures started in Ch4 :)
     
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    :Eeek: I haven't built a bridge just a bike carrier :Doh:

    Wish i hadn't bothered I thought it might help someone else with a similar problem.
     
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    Don't take it like that, I only suggested that an unsupported butt weld like that might suffer fatigue cracking over time given the overhang and the vibration. Your weld won't fail but my guess is the pipe might on the opposite side to the bikes.

    Nothing personal, just an observation from someone who has seen a lot of metal fatigue in his lifetime.
     
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    See if your crystal ball can tell you what I'm thinking now:Angry:
     
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    "Hmm, I wonder if he's right ?" :Smile:
     

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