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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 30-09-2018, 18:31 Thread Starter
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Towbar mounted bike carrier - handlebar clearance

We have an Orian Zeta (same body as an older Autosleepers Nuevo) and are having a towbar fitted principally to carry a bike rack for two ebikes. Surveying the multitude of racks available it looks to me as though none of them provide enough clearance to allow the first bike loaded (nearest to the van body) to be loaded without having to twist the handlebars -something that we don't want to have to do everytime. The racks are, of course, aimed at use with cars where the slope of the rear of the vehicle allows plenty of clearance. Can anyone suggest a rack that will fit to a towbar on the back of a motorhome that allows a bike to be loaded without having to twist the bars?

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how much more space do you need there are spacers available that go between the tow ball and the bracket


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I have the big Thule towball bike carrier that can take 3 bikes (with an extension for a 4th) - possibly the 9503 model but I'm not at home to look. With my last motorhome (Autotrail Frontier) that had a spare wheel I was not able to use the bike slot nearest to the van but could use the other two without having to fold the handlebars. I think though that you would need to go into Halfords or similar and do the exact measurements for your van.

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I have to twist the handlebars on one of our ebikes to get round the problem you describe. There's no way round it with the bike rack we have other than to pad the handlebars that's touching the rear door. This can be done with pipe insulator but it's a faff! Its easy enough to undo the handlebars nut and turn them 90 degrees.

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I have to twist the handlebars on one of our ebikes to get round the problem you describe. There's no way round it with the bike rack we have other than to pad the handlebars that's touching the rear door. This can be done with pipe insulator but it's a faff! Its easy enough to undo the handlebars nut and turn them 90 degrees.
I do exactly the same. I carry a set of allen keys to do just that job (and others on the bike if needed). It's a bit of a faff but having the spare wheel on the back of the MH means I have no choice. Just make it part of the packing and unpacking of the bikes on the carrier.

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We have an Atera Strada DL3. It’s terrific. We got a 3 bike carrier principally to give us clearance to open our back doors (Bürstner City Car) on a Fiat Ducato. It has a slide and tilt mechanism. Brilliant. So there is plenty room for handlebars on our electric bikes. However, I don’t know how much room the two bike carrier would afford you. We also had spacers fitted to our towbar.

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Update

Thanks for your replies. After exhaustive browsing, measuring, cogitating etc. we've ordered an Atera Strada E-bike carrier. It looks like there will some clearance for the bars but we'll see when it arrives.


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Thanks for your replies. After exhaustive browsing, measuring, cogitating etc. we've ordered an Atera Strada E-bike carrier. It looks like there will some clearance for the bars but we'll see when it arrives.


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Good news, but don't forget that the further back from your rear axle the weight of the bikes is applied, the greater the loading will be on the rear axle. Just check you're not overloading it by going to a weighbridge when you're fully loaded.

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Good news, but don't forget that the further back from your rear axle the weight of the bikes is applied, the greater the loading will be on the rear axle. Just check you're not overloading it by going to a weighbridge when you're fully loaded.

Enjoy your travels and bike journeys.

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Rather late I know but as an update - the bike rack/tow ball combo gives handlebar clearance of about three inches so no need to turn bars . Weighbridge check shows weight is OK too. Am indeed enjoying taking the bikes away and using them.



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We have an Atera Strada DL3. It’s terrific. We got a 3 bike carrier principally to give us clearance to open our back doors (Bürstner City Car) on a Fiat Ducato. It has a slide and tilt mechanism. Brilliant. So there is plenty room for handlebars on our electric bikes. However, I don’t know how much room the two bike carrier would afford you. We also had spacers fitted to our towbar.
We also had this carrier on the back of our previous M/H an Autotrail Scout. This has the spare wheel carrier on the rear in a moulding. I've got a full suspension MTB with particularly wide bars and when on the inside rail, the handlebar naturally sat just in front of the 1 O'Clock position of the spare wheel with no problem and clearance between the end of the bar and the rear of the van itself

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