T5 owners / Bike racks
just given my slightly knakcered Fiamma rack away to a mate. Id bent the arms and uprights a smidge bottoming out on a railway crossing.
Spent this week fitting a tow bar and electrics to my T4 and now am the proud owner of a Strada Atera.
It will take 4 bikes and fits to the ball. Has a fitted tail board and the best bit is it will slide and drop on it’s rail with the bikes attached so that I can still get into the tailgate of the van.
Cost a bit. £75 for the tow bar was cheap, but fitted myself and did the electrics as well. Bit of a faff. But the rack is £400ish with the +1 bike adaptor for the 3 bike rack.
Really, really solid feel. And having asked around people who have one it seems to be reliable and easy to live with. We use the van with bikes a lot (spending 4+ weeks a year on the continent touring) so it pays for us to have a decent set up.
Fiamma one is OK, but Id not want to carry more than two bikes on one again.Posted 5 years ago
I have used the Fiamma carry bike’s on Type 2’s and T4’s and thought they were really good. However, I have heard stories of dented tailgates on the T5 from using these.
The VW tail gate one looks good and I have used one briefly on a rented T5 but boy are they expensive at £475!
With the tow bar option, is it practical to leave the rack on empty or should it be removed if not required? I do like the fact that the tail gate option can be left on the van without issue and doesn’t require the tail board. The van does have a tow bar so my options are pretty much open.Posted 5 years ago
I will check out the Strada Atera, thanks Stoner.
Although I left my fiamma on the back all the time it meant that the fittings became corroded and shabby. Ive had to replace some of the ratchets over the years as they become unreliable.
The strada ought to be taken off when not in use as it projects 2’+ out the back although there’s no legal reason why you have to as the light board is fitted with side lights int he correct locations – it just doesnt fold up flush at the back like the tailgate fitted one.Posted 5 years agocraigxxlMember
Like Stoner I have a towbar mounted rack but the Thule Euroclassic fitted on a Mondeo Estate. I find it easy and quick to fit literally place on towball, pull lever down to lock in place (key to lock lever in position) and connect the electrics. It is very secure in use and well built. It’s great that you can get into the boot by tilting the rack back easily even with the bikes still mounted. Getting the bikes on and off is quick and easy too. An added bonus is that you don’t need to worry about height restricted car parks.Posted 5 years ago
If you have the option go for a towbar mounted rack. I don’t leave mine on when not in use and because it is so quick and easy to mount you don’t mind fitting/removing it.CrellMember
If you go for the towbar option you won’t be able to open the tailgate (even with one of the Thules that lift). However, there is one model and I can’t think what it’s called that slides the rack away from the ball when you need to open the door. It was about 300 IIRC, possibly a German company. I’ll ask the wife later. That’s what we’ll be going for.
Edit: Forget all that it’s the Atera Strada
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I have two mates with the Altera stainless tailgate ones on T5s a really nice piece of kit in my view. I have a Fiamma one on my twin doored T4 and it has to stay on permanently, otherwise the 100mm x 30mm piece of worn out paint caused by one of the lower mountings shows !Posted 5 years agoa11ySubscriber
Atera Linea on my T5 – chosen over the Fiamma purely because I thought it looked neater 😳
Lives on the back all the time. Originally silver but it started to show rust/marks after a year or so, so I got busy with a tin of Hammerite and a brush to match it in with the rest of the van. I also removed one of the carriers(making it into a 2-bike rack) to make loading big/chunky bikes easier.Posted 5 years agostoneyMember
m going for the Strada as well.....My T5 Shuttle has the top lip spoiler and theres no way that is coming off to fit a hook on type.
v still got the Atera roof racks and roof box from the previous car (i havent got round to selling them yet 😉 )
The Atera stuff is really nice IMO 😛Posted 5 years agochasinsheepMember
Hi, I looked at a couple of racks for my T5 Caravelle and ended up biting the bullet and going for the VW one. I have to put the cost to the back of my mind but it is fantastic!! I’ve used it loads to take the bikes all over the place. I can get 4 bikes on the rack, 2 in the “boot” and 6 people in the ‘Velle.
Solid and well put together.
If I had to buy a rack again I’d buy the VW one.
Hope this helps……Posted 5 years ago
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