Tow-bar mounted bike rack, suitable to allow barn doors opening?

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    Is this possible?

    Seen many tow bar mounted bike racks which fold down to allow a hatch back to open on a car.

    But are there any that are ingenious enough (or tilt flat) to allow barn doors to be opened?

    (Suggesting door mounted rack isn't an option! :) )
     
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    I did see one on a PVC on site in Portugal,think the owners were Swiss,sadly didn't see them in daylight so can't give you any more info but will say,they left it down in the dark and I and several others said it was bloody dangerous as being on a pathway.Especially returning from the bar.:rolleyes:
    I know you wouldn't do that!!
    Good luck with your search.
     
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    Have a look at video of my Busbiker NL swing out rack. It's attached to add for my van in classified section..or just Google it..
     
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    Steve of Marcle Leisure built his own 'swing out' rack

    http://www.soh.me.uk/

    On the menu on the left.. . look for bike rack
     
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    Thanks for those.
    The DIY one looks clever, and the busbiker one looks expensive! The 2nd version with tow bar looks good.
    Interesting to see the size of them - but they both look permanent fixtures.
    I was of the (imaginary?) hope it would be possible to just bolt/clamp something to the bike rack so it could be fixed/removed in seconds rather than a permanent fixture.
     
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    I did play with the idea of making my own swing out rack. using a tow bar and hinging bar from that with folding bike rack fittings (which can be purchased as spares). Its possible but in the end could not be assed and went for the real thing quality & peace of mind:)
     
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    I would have loved one of those Busbiker racks, so clever and easy access to the rear door for a PVC, but just couldn't bring myself to pay over a grand for a bike rack - whats going on it aint worth that much :LOL::LOL::LOL:
    I just purchased a Thule 927 which tilts but it doesn't tilt enough for the rear doors to be opened fully - I do have a "HOLLYWOOD" 4 cycle carrier which is tow ball mounted and that does drop right down but don't know if the new ones of this company still do the same - worth looking out for one on fleabay but i think the older ones like mine a hard to find now !
     
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    A few of us on here now have the Busbiker...I would think all would probably agree with me its money well spent. The way its fits, the convenience, security, quality and strength. If you see one you will know where the money went.....

    I see these aluminium tow bar racks wagging like a dogs tail on the road frequently..not for me with expensive bikes I'm afraid!
     
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    have a look at some of the USA SITES for this type of equipment....some do ship here at reasonable cost.
     
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    There was a company at the NEC doing same idea as the bushbiker, they where a Dutch company also.
     
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    Busbiker Dutch...shame you did not get details..or a photo.
     
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    I think I may have a leaflet will look in my goody bag
     
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    www.memo-europe.nl. They were on the Roadpro stand so are presumably available through them. VAN swing attaches to existing towbar and allows use of existing bike carrier. There are complete swing away carriers as well.
     
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    I do not know the make, but my friends Columbus has a bike rack, and he was moaning about having to take the off to put things in the rear doors, then after a time he was shown, the rack folds down without removal. Some other racks also do the same but not that obvious.
     
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    I have the Altera rack which was purchased several years ago before motor homing. With my towbar I can get one door open but not the other. Probably by it being slightly off straight. There are spacers to move the ball away a bit. However, you still need to climb over the bike rack to get at anything. Also, pushing the bikes back upright causes the handlebar of the one nearest the van to hit the rear window. It needs a good shove to ensure the rack is locked upright. If we stick with this van next year, then might consider this type of solution.
     
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    I have seen the busbiker rack and a couple of variations from european makers. all were very expensive though and very heavy built. one of the best DIY racks Ive seen was on the back of an old mercedes van, he had used a pair of metal gates and gateposts welded to a steel box section. the bikes were attached to one gate and a fuel can to the other. once closed they were chained together and padlocked.

    I wouldnt expect anyone with a posh van to do the same, but the principle must be easy enough for any fabricator to use as a base for a design. rather than 6ft wide, 2 3ft wide hinged sections
     
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    Why the 3 bike and above/ Why not 2?
    If the "upright" could have a slight angle change it would keep bikes away a bit - may need to see one in the flesh.
    Love the slide, and love the fact it can be flat as well (bikes off)

    The other links above are all great - but a bit too heavy/exteme for what I have in mind - the Altera one looks like what I'm after - and I hadn't seen it. Thanks
     
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    I used a Atera on my car for twice a week (part commute) about five years excellent bit of kit.
     
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