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# 261385 24-Nov-2019 21:40
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Quick question for any one with an outlander and a tow ball bike rack. I want to buy a 4 bike tow bar rack, it will have two 20 inch kids bikes and 2 adult bikes. Did you buy a rack with a tow bar extension?. I put our three bike one on tonight from our sedan the bikes I think would be very close to the boot window. I am thinking mabey one with an offset or one built for a spare tyre on the back. Any recommendations on if I need an extender or normal size would fit cheers

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  # 2360222 24-Nov-2019 22:07
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Can't speak for the Outlander, but I have a Thule twin bike rack and its gets very close to the back of my VW Golf. I found I had to buy bike bones to make sure the tyres didn't swing about and hit the back of my car. Hope that helps...

 

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  # 2360230 24-Nov-2019 22:49
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You don't want it too far away as the weight on the towball with 4 bikes will be reaching the usual max towball loading. Unless you have a special towball fitted?

I have had a standard Torpedo 7 rack on my last 3 SUVs without any hassles.




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  # 2360242 24-Nov-2019 23:24
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You could also consider a roofrack and bike racks. We went that way, from a towbar mounted one, and it is great, much easier, no hassles with scratches, can always open the boot etc.




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  # 2360253 25-Nov-2019 06:10
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phrozenpenguin:

You could also consider a roofrack and bike racks. We went that way, from a towbar mounted one, and it is great, much easier, no hassles with scratches, can always open the boot etc.



I am thinking of a roof rack eventually, as keen for a roof pod for camping one day as well thanks for the suggestion



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  # 2360254 25-Nov-2019 06:12
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scuwp: You don't want it too far away as the weight on the towball with 4 bikes will be reaching the usual max towball loading. Unless you have a special towball fitted?

I have had a standard Torpedo 7 rack on my last 3 SUVs without any hassles.


Thank you for your advice , I am looking at the torpedo option they look pretty solid and on a really good Black Friday deal at the moment



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  # 2360255 25-Nov-2019 06:14
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Can't speak for the Outlander, but I have a Thule twin bike rack and its gets very close to the back of my VW Golf. I found I had to buy bike bones to make sure the tyres didn't swing about and hit the back of my car. Hope that helps...


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Thank you that’s a great suggestion will look at getting one specially for the first 2 bikes on the rack cheers

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  # 2360306 25-Nov-2019 08:48
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I've got one of these - it's excellent. 

 

We have 2 x 26", 1 x 27.5" and 1 x 24" mountain bikes onboard and have never had any hassles. 

 

 

 

https://www.torpedo7.co.nz/products/T7CATN9QT/title/torpedo7-quattro-towball-mount-4-bike-channel-rack

 

 

 





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  # 2361773 27-Nov-2019 18:55
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Thank you for all the suggestions just went with torpedo 7 in the end 40% off was a good price cheers 

 

 

 

https://www.torpedo7.co.nz/products/T7CATN9M3/title/torpedo7-4-bike-rack-mk3


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  # 2361823 27-Nov-2019 20:18
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What happen when you cover the rego plate?





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  # 2361827 27-Nov-2019 20:32
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You are supposed to obtain a supplementary plate to hang on the end of the load. There doesn't seem to be any requirement to light it up. The speed camera has its own light 😉

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  # 2361958 28-Nov-2019 08:18
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Bung: You are supposed to obtain a supplementary plate to hang on the end of the load. There doesn't seem to be any requirement to light it up. The speed camera has its own light 😉

 

 

 

https://www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/glovebox-guide-safe-loading-towing/guide-safe-loading-towing/

 

Hmmm, while this is listed under "trailers and towing" it specifically mentions bike racks on towbar; though it's not really clear if the rego lamp bit also applies to bike rack on towbar...

 

 

 

 

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The letters and numbers on the trailer registration plate must be lit by a white light. It is important that the white light doesn't dazzle following drivers or confuse them about which way the trailer is facing.

 

Direction indicators

 

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Note: If your load covers up essential lights on your vehicle or trailer, you must fit temporary lights to your load to make sure you comply with the legal requirements set out above. For example, bicycles carried on a towbar-mounted cycle rack on the back of your vehicle can often cover up your tail lights.

 


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  # 2362113 28-Nov-2019 09:52
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We use the exact same torpedo 7 bike rack on our Outlander.

 

A supplementary plate only costs something like $20. I put high strength key rings on the top corners of the extra plate and we just use a couple of extra cords and hang the plate between the arms of the bike rack.

 

If the bikes are put on properly the side brake lights and indicators can be seen straight through the bike wheels and the top brake light is visible over top as well.

 

 

 

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  # 2362421 28-Nov-2019 20:32
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mrdrifter:

We use the exact same torpedo 7 bike rack on our Outlander.


A supplementary plate only costs something like $20. I put high strength key rings on the top corners of the extra plate and we just use a couple of extra cords and hang the plate between the arms of the bike rack.


If the bikes are put on properly the side brake lights and indicators can be seen straight through the bike wheels and the top brake light is visible over top as well.


 


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Thanks for the advice good tip thank you, I will look at getting a supplementary plate have never thought about it before , even drove past three cops last public holiday with our three bike rack didn’t even think about it opps

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  # 2362428 28-Nov-2019 21:31
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Stu1:
insane:

 

Can't speak for the Outlander, but I have a Thule twin bike rack and its gets very close to the back of my VW Golf. I found I had to buy bike bones to make sure the tyres didn't swing about and hit the back of my car. Hope that helps...

 



Thank you that’s a great suggestion will look at getting one specially for the first 2 bikes on the rack cheers

 

As someone who regularly transports several bikes on the back of a car, a bungee around all the front wheels munging them all together stops them banging just fine.


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  # 2362502 29-Nov-2019 07:00
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scuwp: You don't want it too far away as the weight on the towball with 4 bikes will be reaching the usual max towball loading. Unless you have a special towball fitted?

I have had a standard Torpedo 7 rack on my last 3 SUVs without any hassles.

 

I am fully prepared to be schooled here, but what??

 

Max loading on our towball is 2,000kg.  So in my mind, unless each bike weighed 500kg, aren't you going to be just fine?

 

(Ok, explain how dumb I am someone)


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