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Caravan Rear Cycle Carriers.

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Been watching Caravan Finder TV from a week or so back and it featured the new Swifts ( I think it was ) and some or all of the 2016 models featured factory installed mountings for a rear cycle carrier.

 

The presenter was enthusing over this "advance" and in principle fair enough but has the advice not to back load a caravan been ditched ?

 

A bike carrier and a couple of bikes could weigh between 20-30Kg plus at a rough estimate which I wouldn't have thought was good for stability,dumb-bell effect and all that.

 

Has the advice changed,Swift ( if it was Swift ) seems to think so.

 

I know people have said it frequently occurs in Europe so what exactly is the present state of play on loading ?

 

Ian

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Is it just possible that prior to the recent Swift models their design was not sufficient to do this work, as was the design/advice to do many things in the past.

Perhaps the design has now been changed to allow it to be done

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Is it just possible that prior to the recent Swift models their design was not sufficient to do this work, as was the design/advice to do many things in the past.

Perhaps the design has now been changed to allow it to be done.

 

I am no expert in this but I would have thought that weight at the rear was weight at the rear even though structurally the van is capable of supporting a bike carrier.

 

Ian

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I have always had to put heavy stuff right at the back to keep the noseweight in limits. Van seems perfectly stable.

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Is it not often commented on here that European chassis can be fitted with rear cycle carriers because of the chassis design, in fact I saw a Hobby with a factory fit recently.

 

So it looks as the a UK company is going down this route. Given the popularity of cycling it seems like a good idea

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Its possible that the balance point of the van ie the wheels have been moved sufficiently forward to allow for the bike racks and allow for this. I dont know; but I cant see Swift compromising and encouraging instability without doing so.

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Its possible that the balance point of the van ie the wheels have been moved sufficiently forward to allow for the bike racks and allow for this. I dont know; but I cant see Swift compromising and encouraging instability without doing so.

Surely the wheels would need to be moved back, to reduce the bikes turning moment.

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Surely the wheels would need to be moved back, to reduce the bikes turning moment.

Your right its late in the day. But move they must.

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There is a problem here in that if the van noseweight as set up by the manufacturer assumes the weight of (say) 2 bikes (30kg?) at the very rear of the van (which means a high turning force), that will lead to the noseweight being too high when there are no bikes at the rear

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