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Have a ladder, make a bike rack.

Post by Paulmold on Tue Jun 09, 2015 12:40 pm

Just followed an 04 Executive. A bike was hanging on the back vertically so got a bit closer at the traffic lights to take a look. A section from a car bike rack (the bit with the sticking out prongs to hang a bike on) had been clamped around rungs on the rear ladder and the bike hung on that vertically, rather clever idea I thought. I'm sure there can be no weight problem as a ladder designed to carry the weight of a human must have no problem taking the weight of a bike. Must cheaper than the cost of having a Fiamma rack put on.
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Re: Have a ladder, make a bike rack.

Post by Cymro on Tue Jun 09, 2015 12:45 pm

Sounds ingenious - but as ladder is so close to the offside, didn't the bike project a bit beyond offside of the Exec?
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Re: Have a ladder, make a bike rack.

Post by Paulmold on Tue Jun 09, 2015 1:09 pm

Not at all, wheels towards centre, saddle/handlebars nowhere near the edge, wish I'd been able to take a photo.

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Re: Have a ladder, make a bike rack.

Post by rogerblack on Tue Jun 09, 2015 8:29 pm

I have a small inflatable boat with a 4hp Mercury outboard which I always struggle to store inside the van.  I've often wondered about making up a mounting transom plate and fitting it on the rear ladder on my Pollensa. 

However, I reasoned that although the ladder occasionally takes my over BMI mass, the weight of the motor being attached continuously whilst the vehicle is bouncing along over hundreds of miles might not be the best thing for the ladder mountings.

Might get a bit more speed in the rain, though ...
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Re: Have a ladder, make a bike rack.

Post by m8form8 on Wed Jun 10, 2015 9:06 am

http://www.toplinemfg.com/html/rv-ladderbikerk.html

Was it one of these? Ive been looking for a uk supplier myself.
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Re: Have a ladder, make a bike rack.

Post by Paulmold on Wed Jun 10, 2015 9:15 am

Very similar, I would say it was something like this, fastened to two rungs of the ladder.



Here is the link to this on Ebay..

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Wall-Fixed-Bicycle-2-Two-Bike-Cycle-Rack-Storage-30KG-Hanger-Ladder-Garage-Hook-/171755633603?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item27fd6efbc3
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Ladder mounted bike rack

Post by Cookie99 on Fri Jun 12, 2015 7:33 am

I have been thinking along these lines for my new Stanway van conversion when it arrives. I think that it would be easier to mount the bikes on it as it would not involve lifting as high. 
If I install a Fiamma ladder on the right hand door and use a Swagman RV bike rack (see link) I think that this could be a solution. 
The registration would still be visible and also the rear light cluster.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/American-Motorhome-RV-Ladder-Mounted-2-Bike-Bike-Rack-/181771122736?
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