How to Add a Caravan Bike Rack
Bicycles are a wonderful addition to a caravan holiday. Either as a means for the kids to keep themselves occupied in a safe environment or for the “big kids” to exercise and explore their nearby surroundings.
Whatever, the reason bicycles can be prove to be a difficult item to take with you due to their awkward size and shape, which is why Swift Caravan Services have developed a selection of caravan bike rack mounting options to solve all customer problems.
If you are looking to bring bicycles with you on your next caravan getaway then we will work with you and your caravan to make sure it happens. We will assess the following details while fitting your caravan bike rack:
- Turning circle clearance
- Tow ball mass and subsequent weight distribution issues
- Ease of access to the car and caravan boots
- Sway control
- Chassis and structural issues
- Welfare of the bikes
- The practicality of the hitch up process
Below are some examples of the caravan bike racks we can add to suit your needs.
Tow Bar Caravan Bike Rack
This caravan bike rack is fixed onto the ball mount of the weight distributing hitch. This simple process will be cost effective option due to minimal fabrication and gives you the option of leaving the van behind and taking your bikes off for the day.
However, this caravan bike rack option can make the hitch up process cramped and awkward and is not an option if your spare wheel is on the rear door of a Four Wheel Drive.
Swift Caravan Services do not recommend nor install this option due to turning circle clearance and other structural and safety issues.
A-Frame Caravan Bike Rack
With this caravan bike rack, the bikes are mounted high up over the fittings on the A-Frame. This can be helpful where the draw bar is short and otherwise a turning circle conflict could occur. This installation involves a bit more fabrication and can interfere with the front boot or front window of the caravan. Assuming the draw bar is long enough you will still have access to the front boot with a more convenient height to secure bikes when mounting.
Roof Caravan Bike Rack
If you have a camper trailer you could mount bikes on the roof using a specified carrying rack. Usually you need quick release wheels on the bike and then of course somewhere to store the wheels. This is popular with real enthusiasts owning valuable bikes as it is very secure and eliminates scratching or rubbing to the bike.
Car Roof Bike Rack
Car roof mounted racks are becoming increasingly popular. They have the advantage of being useable whilst towing or when just using your car. Their only drawbacks are overhead clearance (eg Underground car parks) and your roof carrying capacity.