Which Bike Rack for Motorhome - any advice?

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  1. yorkieman

    yorkieman Funster

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    My wife and I bought a couple of ebikes at the Harrogate show.

    We now need to figure out how to carry them on the motorhome.

    They're not folders so there is no way we can get them inside, so it is either a rack on the back or on the top. The latter just isn't feasible as each bike weighs 23kg so there's no way I could life it that high.

    Our motorhome is a Burstner IXEO IT724.

    Do we need a special bike rack or will any bike rack fit on this kind of motorhome?

    Ideally I want something good, that will look nice and last - and of course security is very important too.

    Any suggestions and pointers would be much appreciated.
     
  2. SUGGY

    SUGGY Funster Life Member

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    Contact Johnscross through the MHF web site or phone them , tell them your van details and i am sure you will get all the info you need ,:BigGrin:

    I did the same the other year for my Rapido and you get MHF discount :thumb:
     
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    Bought mine from Johnscross good advise good service and Funsters discount. :thumb:
     
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    Some sort of towbar mounted rack I think. Whatever you have it needs to be low to the ground and possibly have a ramp you can wheel the bike up.
     
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    If you can get a towbar fitted you would be wise to consider a Thule EuroPower which is designed for E-bikes rated at 30 kilos for each one. It weighs 18.9 kilos.
     
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    Personally I wouldn't buy towbar mounted, too low easy for thieves to get at vulnerable to collision and adds unnecessary length to a vehicle. Surely you would take the batteries off before loading and store elsewhere then the bikes not much different to any other.
     
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    One thing to consider about a Thule is they are precision made and because they can be angled to allow access to a car boot the hinge mechanism has zero tolerance not like some other makes I've seen that rattle.
     
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    Bearing in mind the weight (and cost) of the batteries I would suggest removing them before putting the bikes on the rack.
     
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    You need to know 4 things:

    1. What weight can your MH rear wall carry
    2. What weight can the bike rack carry
    3. What is the weight of the bikes without the batteries
    4. What is the weight of the bikes with the batteries.

    For the latter 2, make sure you weight the bikes yourself and do NOT rely on what you have been told by the seller as it can differ quite a bit as we found out!

    This will help guide you to get something that is suitable and safe.

    We have a van conversion and the maximum weight the bike rack on it can take is 35kg (coachbuilt MHs bike racks can usually take more) so we have had to buy electric bikes that were less than 17.5kg each without their batteries, fortunately after a lot of research etc we've finally got a couple that meet this specific requirement, as well as others, so we can put them on the bike rack it we want, once we're removed the batteries, and they will also go under our fixed bed as they are fairly narrow when folded (we put then under on their sides).
     
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    We have an Altera Strada towball mounted bike rack from the RoofBox company, 60kg limit, very pleased with the rack after initial problems with the lights setup.
    We take the batteries off for travelling, the 21 kg bikes can be locked onto the rack, I also add a motorcycle chain lock for added security, very pleased with this method of carrying, has transformed our way we use our motorhome, hardly ever take it off site until moving on, e bikes or bus for us, or 2 feet!
     
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    Have Thule towball mounted rack with 2 electric bikes minus batteries with chain lock secure and safe had a Fiamma high level rack with winder on last MH (already fitted when purchased MH ) always seemed to creak and groan ( much like me) when on bumby roads so did not really like the bikes so high up just a matter of choice there is definitely a large choice out there
     
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    Thanks to everyone for all that food for thought. I think I have some things to add to my todolist now, like contacting Johns Cross, checking out the Thule stuff (I picked up a recent brochure at Harrogate show) and looking at the other recommendations.

    This weekend looks like a right-off weather wise so hopefully if I get going on it on Monday I might be able to get something sorted out for week after next.

    Thanks again funsters!!!
     
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    Max weight on most Fiamma Bike racks is 60kg so you should be ok, give us a call on Monday, you really need to speak to Glenn or Ian in the workshop

    Phones tend to be busy Mondays and they will be just back from Peterbourough!

    Peter
     
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    I'll try give them a call on Monday and get the ball rolling.

    I need to sort something out asap as we want to take them with us on our next trip.
     
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    Got in touch with JohnCross today and received top class service.

    I am just waiting to here from a fitter I contacted and then I will get the order in. Alas, he was really busy today, but hopefully he will call back tomorrow.

    I'm just wondering whether I should order some solar panels off them and get the fitter to do those at the same time.
     
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    Bike rack

    Electric bike rack by Thule that fixes to towbar. The great advantage is that the rack is set at a lower level. Electric bikes are heavy to lift!
     
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    After reading this thread, and doing hours of research, I contacted Dan at Johns Cross. Great information and service.
    Before I order my Fiamma Pro C, bike rack, I would need to get it fitted.

    Anyone able to recommend for the Scarborough area.

    Regards from a wet Scarborough.
     
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    electric bike racks

    Get to your nearest HALFORDS, they are selling just what you need for £316, fits two electric bikes and if you speak nice to the fitters they will demonstrate/fit it for you FOC. the other model made by the Belgian Co. CYKELL costs £495 and can only be purchased in Warwickshire.
    have fun.[​IMG]
     
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    I looked at getting tow bar fitted to our LMC so that I could use our Thule bike rack-the weight of materials required to extend chassis members etc came to 50kg :cry:

    Mike
     
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