Cycle rack box?

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  1. gordoncbrown

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    I am just wondering if it is acceptable to mount an equipment box on the cycle rack at the rear when not carrying the bikes? If so where can I get one?

    Thanks
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Fiamma do one ..

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    Acceptable to who?
    Its your Motorhome do as you please :thumb:
    So long as the rack Max weight is not exceeded its fine
    and is quite common
    click the Johns Cross add on the right he sells purpose made boxes and fitting kits discounts apply to Funsters:Cool:
    or E-bay
    Geo
     
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    Hi gordoncbrown,

    We have a fiamma 'Ultrabox 500' mounted on our cycle rack and it is acceptable! ( it is a mounting option offered by Fiamma )
    In the UK I think I am right in saying that unless the rack/box 'sticks out' by more than a metre you don't even have to put warning triangle on it!

    Not sure what the Laws are on the Continent are regarding the above though.
    You may be able to find a used Fiamma back box for sale somewhere!

    Be aware that the total load including backbox must not exceed the load limits of the rack or your rear axle!
     
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    Yes it is acceptable, I do it when we go skiing, But
    don't waste your money on a Fiamma Box, well over priced in my opinion.

    I went to Halfords, priced up a roof box, fell about laughing,

    went to ebay,

    Laughed no more,.

    Found one to fit skis, snowboards and a generator in,

    Drilled some extra wholes, went to my local engineering shop, had some metal plates and quality bolts made for about £12 and bobs your uncle,
    easy peasy
    total cost for said project was less than £50 :thumb:
     

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    Total weight loaded should not be more than 60kgs.

    Fiamma make several back boxes, but not cheap unfortunately

    http://www.johnscross.co.uk/categories/Fiamma/Fiamma-Ultra-Boxes/

    Peter
     
  7. gordoncbrown

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    Halfords had a box on sale so I went for it. Working in Engineering I have made some additions to my cycle rack to fit the box on. I intend limiting the weight to less than the cycle rack states so not worried that way. Box sticks out 97 cm from back of van I have heard something about a 1m limit without warning tape/sign. Does anyone know for sure what the law says? I am thinking about puting yellow and black tape on anyway to help rule out someone running into it. thanks to all whod gave advice and to those who will offer more.
     
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    Correct no action reqd under 1 Mtr
    HERE
    Geo
    Me thinks Spain Reqs a marker board though
     
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    we have been thinking of getting one of them what are they like in the rain it only says there showerproof,

    also wodered what they are like if not full , do they crease up ok ???
     
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    Hi Craig, the bag is not fully waterproof, so some water will get in. We use ours to carry items such as waste and fresh water carriers, watering can, levelling blocks, grip mats and hoses so it is not really a problem for us.

    Brisey.
     
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    Can't say just yet as we have just got it. Had a roof box before on a car. Ok when on the car but if stored in the garden against the shed ihorizontally it used to fill with water. I will be keeping an eye on it and I'm sure that i'll have some wet weather soon where I stay.
     
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    Don't know if Brisey's keeps the water out but.........I bought one, and it leaked like a sieve!! ( mainly around the zip areas I think )

    All I know is, after rainy conditions I had to remove the contents from the cargo bag and try to dry them out before they became spoilt!

    However, I now have a Fiamma Ultra Box 500 and the contents remain bone dry throughout the year!...... very expensive, but it does the job...
     
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    IF i had one i would fold the wife up and put her in it:ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
     
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    But she would get wet! ::bigsmile:
     
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    Don't think so she will be in a plastic bag:ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
     
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    Not a bad idea. Have to chek the weight though. Don't want to damage the MH or cycle rack.:ROFLMAO:
     
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    We have a 'box' for sale.

    Were carrying it on the bike rack but have decided to stick with the top box in future.

    Opens diagonally, hold a multitude of junk that you cannot do without.

    Would need to be collected from the Durham area.

    PM me if you are interested.

    June
     
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    Thanks, but as I said I have just went for one from halfords. If you had got me a couple of days earlier I would probably have been interested.
     
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    On the whole bike racks and boxes attached to them are suspended from a fibreglass wall that was not designed to take the weight of overhanging loads, they can then flex causing delamination and possible leaks.
     
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