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Old 18-11-2012, 18:43   #1 (permalink)
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Following our trip to the Mosel area in September we decided to buy 2 electric bikes to use when away in the M/H, we already had a Fiamma rack fitted to the Bolero, given the weight of leccy bikes, has anybody had any issues carrying them on the bike rack, fitted to the rear panel, not the towbar incidentally, the rack is showing max weight at 60KG, bikes are approx 22KG each,without the batteries fitted.?
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Old 18-11-2012, 18:56   #2 (permalink)
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i have electric bike but a folder as i did not want to put on a bike rack because of the weight.

i know the rack says 60kgs but what di Swift say about the back wall loading? i would enquire before any issues arise. dont want any cracke in the rear wall due to leverage on the back wall on uneven roads.
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We always remove the batteries from the bikes, and I also replaced the top fitting bolts on the rack with longer ones, which I passed through a nice bit of baton that is 5ft long, thereby spreading the load right across the rear wall

I appreciate not everyone can do this, but no matter what, I would suggest doing something similar ( even if it is just large squares of plywood on the inside of each mount ) as they bikes ARE heavy and do put a lot of load on the small area even the internal spacer plate covers
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Old 19-11-2012, 17:59   #4 (permalink)
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We always remove the batteries from the bikes, and I also replaced the top fitting bolts on the rack with longer ones, which I passed through a nice bit of baton that is 5ft long, thereby spreading the load right across the rear wall

I appreciate not everyone can do this, but no matter what, I would suggest doing something similar ( even if it is just large squares of plywood on the inside of each mount ) as they bikes ARE heavy and do put a lot of load on the small area even the internal spacer plate covers
I don't think I can reinforce the mountings on my M/H, it is a rear kitchen type, can't see how to remove cooker and sink/fridge, otherwise I would think about it.
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We carried electric bikes for years no problem, we had the Bolero 680fb though and now the Bessie e450.

I would join http://www.swift-talk.co.uk/ and ask on there.

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I don't think I can reinforce the mountings on my M/H, it is a rear kitchen type, can't see how to remove cooker and sink/fridge, otherwise I would think about it.
Son-in-law has a Ci with rear kitchen
You do not have to worry too much about the lower mount points, just the top ones ..
I suppose it does make a difference what type of Fiamma rack you have .. both his and mine have the top mounts going through above a window, his being the kitchen window, mine going in to the garage area ( for some weird reason !!! )
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We had two full size leci,s on a rear rack, we went over a rail crossing in Devon (slowed down) but the off side of the crossing must have been to steep, the back of the van dropped down with a jolt, when we got to the camp about an hour later the bikes were hanging off and the rack bent, I sold them and got 2 folders for under the bed, solved the storage prob now we have changed the van to one with a large garage, we was lucky the other van wasn't damaged only the rack. Pete
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Whatever you do , don't buy the Fiamma Cycle covers !!!!!
An absolute nightmare to fit.
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