- Bike racks – clip on or towball? (VW T5 content)
I’m needing a bike rack for my T5. It has barn doors and a towball already fitted.
Has anyone got experiencing with either the Fiamma (or similar) clip on one or using a tow bar mounted rack? I’d be interested if it’s possible to open the doors at all with one of the tilting racks. The Fiamma rack looks good but only takes 2 bikes, sits above the height of the van and has mixed reviews from a few years ago.
Posted 4 years agoJunkyardMember
Tow ball ones are massively more secure than a non towball rack
I use the ones that have abracket that they slide into so there is nothing really to check once fitted
With the clip on you have yo check straps and a failure is easy – it may be very very uncommon but short of metal fatigue I cannot see who my towball track can break- to see
YMMV but i would always prefer a towball over other optionsPosted 4 years agoboxelderSubscriber
We’ve got a Thule – which has been fine for years. Sometimes need to turn bars or remove seats, depending on which bikes and order they go on. Can’t open the doors (T5 as yours) with bikes on.
Maxx Raxx and Buzz Racks look good as well.
The tilt is to allow opening of tailgate type doors on estates. Can’t see how they can ever work on T5 barn door – what’s the clearance below the door – 700mm?Posted 4 years agoFieldMarshallSubscriber
I also have a T5 with barn doors and recently swapped from a Fiamma door mounted rack to the Atera Strada DL, as I now need to carry 3 bikes.
Not cheap. But a great rack and slides out the way to allow the doors to fully open for easy access to kit in the back.
Would recommend.Posted 4 years agoFieldMarshallSubscriber
That’s one of the reasons I got the Atera over the Thule, as the Thule only tilts/pivots back, whereas the Atera slides backwards.
It doesn’t feel as robust/strong as the Thule, but I’ve had mine a year and still as good as new. It is much lighter than the Thule.
When you are not using it, it folds up flat and can be stored in the back of the van.
ps I think you can only get them from roofbox company, but have used them many times and found their customer service very good.Posted 4 years agoWhos_DaddyMember
I have a Altera DL3 on my T5 (tailgate model)..Great bit of kit.
You can open the tailgate with the bikes if they have normal width bars (as in the pictures)..
If you put a bike with wide bars (780mm) on the rack slot closest to the back of the van, the rack doesn’t tilt away far enough to open the door..
I believe the DL2 doesnt tilt enough do open the door, only the DL3 model does..
I had a Thule Rideon 3 before this and the bars touched the rear window on the closest bike slot.
Have a look here..Posted 4 years ago
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