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Auto Trail V-line 635 Sport - Bike Carrier

Jun 13, 2020
4
0
Funster No
71,739
MH
Autocruise Stargazer
Exp
4 Years
Hi we are very interested in purchasing a 2020 635 V-line. The layout seems very spacious compared to others, and as we are downsizing from a coachbuilt this ishelping us feel more comfortable about the decision. We travel with 2 x E bikes, presently on a tow bar carrier. Although we like the sport version lounge we feel that the bikes and rack will need to come off every time we need to open the boot.

Has anyone found a solution to this?
Alternative for us is to stick with the SE of course as the storage under the beds can be accessed if we leave the bikes on.
Also we are new to a van conversion, and maybe we might like the doors open in summer, but not sure?

Many thanks
Clive
 
Sep 25, 2009
585
735
south yorkshire
Funster No
8,624
MH
coachbuilt
Exp
since 2004. Tugger 10 years on and off
I looked at same model.Came to the conclusion that the SE is a better bet if I wanted to take our e.bikes.Both have compromises you have to make .We will be downsizing in the future and this is one of the models that will be closets to what our needs are.
 

Kannon Fodda

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Feb 26, 2019
648
1,322
Surrey
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58,768
MH
Autotrail V-line 540
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Almost a N00B !
E-bikes can weigh a substantial amount. I wouldn't want to have a pair on a rack that is mounted on doors, or worse the replacement fibreglass or whatever it is that the Sport rear end is made from. That means a tow bar mounted carrier.

There are mounting arms for tow bar systems that allow the whole thing to be swung away, an example:, but again watch the loading when you consider the combined weight of the bikes plus towbar mounted carrier.

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bobandjanie

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Apr 28, 2008
6,470
8,257
Javea, Spain
Funster No
2,360
MH
Pilote V600g
Exp
2007
Probably the best but expensive. 😁


We have a altera dl 3 and with a couple of inches extended you can open the doors. 😁
But I am not recommending them, because we have a small bracket broken, we contacted the company and it has to go back to the factory in Germany, I removed 3 screws and a spring sent a photo of the said bracket to them, can you sent one of these and we will pay............ NO, its has to come to the factory, €90 postage from Spain, so they will get some $#!t when it's done on our visit to the factory......... bloody German's. 🤨 Bob. 20190512_110109.jpg
 
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Jun 13, 2020
4
0
Funster No
71,739
MH
Autocruise Stargazer
Exp
4 Years
Hi thanks very interesting, we have a similar carrier to this but from 'Whispbar' which also tilts. In fact they do a tilt & slide type now also - but ours doesn't slide.


Is the extension you describe on the tow bar?

Thanks
 
OP
C
Jun 13, 2020
4
0
Funster No
71,739
MH
Autocruise Stargazer
Exp
4 Years
The MEMO swing arm looks like the best solution, thanks for showing me this it really helps.

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May 30, 2020
86
97
Funster No
71,224
MH
Carthago Compact 138
Exp
11 yrs
what did/are you downsizing from?
the 635 is 6.36m long and with a towbar type rack with two ebikes you will be about 7m or even a tad over...
whilst the van may be slimmer (youll notice this inside) and a bit easier to place on the road, you're still driving fairly long van...
 

bobandjanie

LIFE MEMBER
Apr 28, 2008
6,470
8,257
Javea, Spain
Funster No
2,360
MH
Pilote V600g
Exp
2007
Yes on the towbar.

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This was the old van.
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The new van has a detached ball, so slightly longer, and obviously removed when the racks off of it. 🙂 Bob.
 
Mar 6, 2008
22
29
Spixworth
Funster No
1,722
MH
Van Conversion
Exp
Since 2006
The swing-out tow -bar support does look good but oh! my so expensive.We thought about this but there is a cheaper one available in Norfolk. We have 2 electric bikes and without the batteries still weigh 40 kilos and then the wieght of the bike carrier itself. We bought a Thule Velocompact 925.Which is for 2 E bikes max 60kg.The tow bar wieghs 14.1kg.Add to that the wieght of the swing-out and that is a lot of wieght. Incidently the swing out bike rack is available here https://www.uk-towbars.net/security-products/. We bought the 50mm spacer and this enables us to leave the bikes on. Our van is a Moto-Trek Leisure EB which has a "boot" similer to the Autotrail 635 SE (I think).

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Oct 21, 2018
22
53
Funster No
56,860
MH
PVC
Exp
6 years off & on
I have a 610 Sport with factory fitted towbar and use a Westfalia bikelander classic tilting towbar mounted cycle carrier for 2 bikes (suitable for eBikes – with maximum load of 60kg). With the towball fitted in the lower mounting holes with a 1.5" spacer the boot lid will open. Hope this is helpful.
 
OP
C
Jun 13, 2020
4
0
Funster No
71,739
MH
Autocruise Stargazer
Exp
4 Years
Thanks very much Dilwyn, we have ordered our 635 sport now and have it booked in at a specialist who will trial the bike rack tilted for us, but they stock the swing out bar also so we have the option at +£500 to have this if needed.

Out of interest do you find it heavy with the bikes on to tilt back up?

And is the access to the boot restricted much by the bikes?
 
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