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Bak-Rak Load Carrying System

UKCampsite.co.uk was asked to take a look at new tow-ball mounted luggage system. It offers users the ability to carry anything they like - neatly and safely mounted on any tow-ball. Onto it can be mounted a range of fitments for specific items to be carried e.g. a frame and bike racks to carry bikes.

So what is it and how does it work?

First you start with the Base-Rak which fits onto any sort of 50mm tow-ball - swan-neck or flanged in seconds and without any fuss. A clever stainless steel clam-shell casting clips over the ball - the rack simply slips over this and you tighten the clamp to secure the base. It provides an extremely rigid 700 x 600 mm platform. The weight limit of the base is 60kg, but you must be aware of the maximum noseweight specified by your particular car manufacturer, and you must not exceed this.

The rack folds neatly out of the way when not in use and can be easily dismounted when only required occasionally.

The base-rak can be used to directly support any item with enough rigidity to span the frame. Just a few examples of what you can load directly onto the base unit include, suitcases, a wheelchair, pushchair, a fridge, boxes etc etc

Or you add a range of components to create a carrier to exactly match all your requirements. The base-rak can hold up to three roof-type bike racks, or the specially supplied Cubag for example.

The CuBag, from BakRak, is a very heavy duty bag with stiffened sides capable of carrying 600kg. It is a 600mm (2ft3in) cube in shape and made out of heavy duty polypropylene and are resistant to a fair amount of dragging around. The material is similar (but heavier) to the well known gravel bags. The bags fold completely flat for easy storage in your boot. Please note these the manufacturers do not have the CuBag available at present.

In Use

Bak-Rak carries loads in the most efficient position on a vehicle, both from the point of view of loading and economy. If you have tried to load heavy cases into a roof-box you would know how inconvenient is loading onto the roof.

Independent tests have put the drag increase due to a roof-box on some cars at 70mph as over 10%.  The effect of a load on Bak-Rak is likely to be unnoticeable. In fact on most cars it will slightly reduce the drag and increased petrol consumption does not occur since the load is sheltered in the aerodynamically dead area behind the car.

A big advantage over using a trailer is there is no awkwardness in manoeuvring and reversing! And it's easier to use than a roofbox, with no difficult stretching and leaning to put items on top of your car.

We had two large adults standing on the Base-Rak and there no was no indication of bending or slipping and the Base-Rak remained solid and strong.

We found it easy to fit, and a very handy device for carrying your tent, bikes, luggage and no end of other items.  Using the Base-rak does mean that your number plate and lights are blocked, so you will need to also use a separate trailer / number plate board.

If you want to find out more visit the Bak Rak website but dont forgot to return here to order with your UKCS discount

The Bak-Rak comes with a FIVE year guarantee

The Base-Rak

With Bike racks

With the Cubag (not available at present)

Another example of use

Index : Equipment Reviews and Features : Bak-Rak Load Carrying System - by UKCampsite.co.uk

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