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13/9/2023 at 3:43pm
 Location: kent
 Outfit: Adria Twin 640 SPX
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I have just bought a couple of e-bikes and because of the weight (44 kilos), my Fiamma rear door mounted bike rack is sadly not up to the task, it is rated at 35 kilos. I am looking to fit a tow bar onto my Adria Twin PVC and then buy a rack that fits on to that. Anyone have any experience or preferences for which to go for?


13/9/2023 at 6:02pm
 Location: Warwickshire
 Outfit: Gobur Clubman
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I have a thule 2 bike rack that I have used but have only carried steel framed bike not e bikes, but it is solid and the bikes donít move


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via mobile 14/9/2023 at 9:15am
 Location: Ayrshire
 Outfit: Auto-Sleeper MHs
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Check whether taking the batteries off brings the bikesí weight down enough; if it does, carry the batteries inside the van (hoping they donít go on fire, of course: maybe the tow bar is better for that reason alone.)

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14/9/2023 at 1:05pm
 Location: Warwickshire
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I should have pointed out that mine is a towbar mounted rack


via mobile 14/9/2023 at 2:16pm
 Location: Scotland
 Outfit: Adria Compact 590SP
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We have a Thule 3 bike tow bar rack, makes it much easier to fit 2 bikes than on the 2 bike version as they are not so close together.


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via mobile 14/9/2023 at 9:10pm
 Location: Derby.
 Outfit: Karsten 350+Awnings
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Thule VeloSpace XT 2 bike tow bar carrier no. 938

Takes 60kg.
Slightly longer wheel trays to take longer wheelbase (1300mm)
Wheel trays are 25cm apart, so not as tight together as some.
Extra long wheel straps.
Torque clamps (lockable, obvs!)

Got ours from roof box Co.

2 x wide handled Dutch style e bikes (loaded nose to tail) and associated plug-in chain locks (x2) and heavy D Locks (x2) take it to its load limit!
Batteries and panniers etc go in the boot!

Itís a beauty, but with a price tag to match. Itís also a little heavy and cumbersome to carry (eg from rear garden shed to front driveway, in my case) but manageable.
Itís also a tipper-upper, which I needed for my mpv tailgate.
Currently in use on its 3rd trip to mainland Europe, and I thoroughly recommend it! 👍


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via mobile 14/9/2023 at 9:36pm
 Location: Derby.
 Outfit: Karsten 350+Awnings
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Ö forgot to sayÖ
Our bikes (both step-through style, with removable rear rack mounted batteries) are listed at 24.6kg each (not including batteries).

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2023: 47 nights
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2013: 36 nights
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via mobile 16/9/2023 at 8:06am
 Location: Marches
 Outfit: POSSL 2Win
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Take a look at Roofbox site, 5% discount from here?
We have Atera DL3 now in 6th year, it tilts to enable rear doors to open.

https://www.roofbox.co.uk/bike-carriers/bike-carriers-racks-range-towbar-mounting.php


18/9/2023 at 8:17pm
 Location: kent
 Outfit: Adria Twin 640 SPX
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Thanks for all the input - - I have just bought the Atera Strada DL3 for a good price from The Roofbox co. The towbar is being fitted on wednesday.


via mobile 19/9/2023 at 7:40pm
 Location: Marches
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Speaking from experience, I recommend you get a reversing camera fitted.


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19/9/2023 at 9:10pm
 Location: kent
 Outfit: Adria Twin 640 SPX
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Quote: Originally posted by Oswestry Ed on 19/9/2023
Speaking from experience, I recommend you get a reversing camera fitted.



Thanks for the tip.


09/11/2023 at 12:11pm
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 Outfit: None Entered
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I too have an e-bike. I just travel with it in the van, (and I am sure there would be room for a second)
Once parked, bike is outside with cover and padlocked to towbar for security. Hope this helps?


10/11/2023 at 10:50am
 Location: None Entered
 Outfit: Volvo V60 & Swift Challenger 565
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I recently purchased a Thule ER940 on ebay for 80 quid. I didn`t know until I got it home it was rated at 35 kgs (our two `leccy bikes without batteries weigh in at 39 kgs combined) but as I weigh nearly three time that and can bounce about on it (TBH it`s so well made it could probably take a couple of `me`) I didn`t have any worries about using it, and it has been more than adequate.

You don`t need to spend mega-bucks to get a decent rack.


15/11/2023 at 6:46pm
 Location: Derby.
 Outfit: Karsten 350+Awnings
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Quote: Originally posted by JuanHuNose on 10/11/2023
I recently purchased a Thule ER940 on ebay for 80 quid. I didn`t know until I got it home it was rated at 35 kgs (our two `leccy bikes without batteries weigh in at 39 kgs combined) but as I weigh nearly three time that and can bounce about on it (TBH it`s so well made it could probably take a couple of `me`) I didn`t have any worries about using it, and it has been more than adequate.

You don`t need to spend mega-bucks to get a decent rack.




I'd have thought that's all fine and dandy, until someone has a sudden urge to look into said ratings and weight of the bikes.
I'm thinking roadside spot checks (Extremely rare) and insurance assessors following an accident/claim (Not so rare)!






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2024: Late start... bear with us!
2023: 47 nights
2022: 40 nights
2021: 30 nights
2020: Just 24 nights
2019: A personal best 50 nights
2018: Just the 30 nights
2017: 34 nights
2016: 32 nights
2015: 38 nights
2014: 34 nights
2013: 36 nights
From July 2012: 23 nights



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