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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-04-2017, 12:55 Thread Starter
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Ah, got the pics now Phil, thanks. Is there a spec for this item? It looks like it's principally for scooters, maybe overkill for e-bikes?

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How much hassle is it to remove the rack to open the doors? Presumably it's the sort of thing you can do regularly whilst touring?
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It's not difficult or heavy work but not something I'd want to do every time you want access to the rear of the van. Assuming you have passenger access through a side door and you only use the rear doors for servicing and accessing storage at the back, then you can do this with the rack in place- less easily with bikes on it however.

We have a coachbuilt so no rear doors.

Since the racks are built to order and, given that Alko Sawiko were a good supplier to communicate with ( in Germany) then it might be worth asking if they could modify it slightly to allow it to swing out on one side. Looking at ours- and the photos- I can't see why that would be difficult. Heart of England only fitted it to Alko's instructions and might not know about the ins and outs.
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Just looked online: they have done a panel van version: Its called the Agito

https://www.novaleisure.com/page/com...0carriers.aspx
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Yes, I have also just tracked down the Agito, thanks guys. The Agito Top 80Kg would be the right thing but what's the betting there's not much change out of 2K. I shall investigate further.
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Just updating for anyone interested. I've done a fair bit of research now.

There's little doubt that, in terms of accessibility to the rear doors, the best (& of course most expensive) option is a side hinged carrier, such as the Al-Ko Agito range. However these are extremely expensive. Much less costly are units from the Netherlands such as Busbiker and Vanstar. Busbiker have no UK suppliers though will ship to UK, but the virtually identical Vanstar can be purchased here.

Details are here: https://www.lnbleisure.co.uk/product.php/6834552/

A video of the Vanstar carrier is here:

It will carry up to 60 Kg (more than enough for two electric bikes) and the carrier & fittings add about 46 Kg to the payload, which is less than some options, including most towbar plus rack options.

I'm pretty sure it's the one I'll be going for.

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I reckon any half decent fabricator could make one of those, and have it even carry up to 100kg if required, find used Fiamma rack and fix it on top and it'd look very professional, for a few hundred, not thousands, at the end of the day it's a gate with a decent sized hinge and peg to hold it in place, clever design yes, worth 4 figures err no chance, no need for tall the gubbins underneath either if you have a tow bar, it'll need two holes to mount it, if not Armitage Towbar and trailers will make one to suit.

When I bought the Bessacarr it had one of their tip up platforms designed for a mobility scooter, with ramp etc, the invoice was around 750, and I though that was expensive, it was fully galvanised too, and had the flip over number plate.

This is similar to what was on the Bessie http://www.armitagetrailers.com/DethleffsEurostyle.htm

http://www.armitagetrailers.com/index.htm
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