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Subject Topic: Rear Window Cycle Carrier Post Reply Post New Topic
23/6/2015 at 9:53pm
 Location: County Durham
 Outfit: Elddis Encore 254
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I'm after a little guidance about a rear window cycle carrier. We have a 2015 Santa Fe which has a nose weight of 100kg. We usually load our van to get 90kg at the nose so not much spare.

Obviously putting three bikes on a rear window rack will have no bearing on the tow bar but what are people's thoughts about rear axle limits. I've no idea what the rear axle weight is on the car. Three bikes and rack will probably be about 50-60kg. We'll only have usual luggage and teenage son in the back seat.

Am I worrying about nothing? Or should I avoid such extra load right on the back of the car.

Thanks in advance.


23/6/2015 at 11:42pm
 Location: chesterfield
 Outfit: Mazda CX 5 Auto Amara 520 4
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There should be axle loadings on the plate usually on the drivers side B pillar,this will show front and rear axle loadings +max train weight. It is not a good idea to regularly use a window mounted bike rack with 3 bikes on as the tailgate hinges are not actually designed to take the extra weight of the rack and bikes, long term use can cause the door to rattle as the hinges are actaully being overloaded


24/6/2015 at 6:42pm
 Location: County Durham
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Hi Amara 520, thanks for your thoughts.


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I would suggest consulting Thule fit guide and roofbox.co.UK to find out what fits your car. Many cars have lightweight tailgates that cannot take the weight of a bike rack and anything with a plastic spoiler is a no no isn't roof mounted carriers a better option?


25/6/2015 at 7:15am
 Location: Midlands
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The chassis plate will list the axle loadings. You get the cars gross weight and then the axle weights which will usually be slightly more than the vehicles gross weight.

ie if your vehicle is 2000kg gross laden you will find the axles weights are 1010kg and 1020kg or something like that.

Its not much over but just a little.

You must not exceed whichever limit is lower though.

Whats loaded on the back seat will have much less impact that anything thats directly over the rear axle and rear of it.
A few members have commented on how much of a difference it makes moving a gas bottle from the front locker to a position over the axle.




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Max tow weight = Cars gross laden weight + Caravans gross laden weight.

These 2 figures must not exceed 3500kg. And the Caravans gross laden weight must not exceed the cars UNLADEN weight.

Unless the manufacturer has set a lower limit.



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