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Carrying pushbikes in your Eriba

in Anything Eriba-related Sat Feb 01, 2014 12:04 pm
by Randa france | 12.808 Posts

As the weather is still horrendous we're not able to experiment for ourselves, so we though we'd ask you lot have you ever carried a full sized pushbike (or two) inside your Eriba?

What we are thinking is that with the front wheels off we should be able to manoeuvre the bikes through the Eriba door and then lay them on the partially made-up rear double bed (suitably tied, wedged and covered). The weight of each bike is only 17 kg so by taking the dinette table out some of the added weight will be compensated for. We definitely don't wish to go down the bike rack route, either on the van or the car because of the distances we travel and the expense.

Also some advice on storage and security of the bikes once on site would be appreciated.

Randa


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RE: Carrying pushbikes in your Eriba

in Anything Eriba-related Sat Feb 01, 2014 12:28 pm
by Steamdrivenandy (deleted)
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We came to the conclusion years ago that you either take a dog or dogs or a bike or bikes but there's no sense in taking both.

Back in the day when we had two beardies and an Adria Coral Compact SP motorhome with an enormous 'garage' under the fixed rear transverse double bed we went on a tour of North Wales with my bike in the 'garage'. The only time it got used was one evening at Betws when I nipped down the road to get fish and chips. Other than that we were always walking two dogs with us and they can't reach the pedals or the handlebars.


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RE: Carrying pushbikes in your Eriba

in Anything Eriba-related Sat Feb 01, 2014 12:53 pm
by Frantone (deleted)
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We carried our 2 mountain bikes inside the new 540 last year. They were supported between the rear benches quite easily with some straps and padding. However I remember that it was quite difficult to manoeuvre them through the door and round the bend without marking the furniture! Taking the front wheels off would make this easier.


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RE: Carrying pushbikes in your Eriba

in Anything Eriba-related Sat Feb 01, 2014 1:10 pm
by Randa france | 12.808 Posts

That's brilliant Tony. Thanks for that. Although your 540 will be 200mm wider than our older Troll it gives us some confidence that it'll work. We intend taking the bikes with us to France this year.

After our introduction to the "Giant" bikes at Glastonbury which were head and shoulders above our existing 20 year old mountain bikes, we decided to buy two.

We were considering two folders but because of our physique and the fact that we do a bit of off-road riding from home we went for new mountain bikes instead. They fit into the Touran easily but bikes being bikes, with all the bits sticking out everywhere, they would be better placed in the van.

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RE: Carrying pushbikes in your Eriba

in Anything Eriba-related Sat Feb 01, 2014 1:28 pm
by Steamdrivenandy (deleted)
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Anyone ever seen an Eriba with a hatchback door instead of the rear wall? That would make bike loading much easier.


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RE: Carrying pushbikes in your Eriba

in Anything Eriba-related Sat Feb 01, 2014 2:17 pm
by Deeps (deleted)
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At last years campsite in France, at which time we decided on buying an Eriba, we got friendly with 2 lads out of the UK. One had his Norton motorbike on a trailer which had a capacity for carrying two bikes with himself living in a family sized tent. His mate arrived in a Mini towing a 1960's Puck although when we first caught up with them his Norton was parked on the grass alongside. Our assumption was that his mate having the capacity for two motorcycles on the back of the trailer had brought along them both. But no, we were to be proved wrong, and in fact matey brought along his own Norton motorbike INSIDE the Puck. It fitted front to back obviously but if he managed to get a Norton motorcycle inside a Puck my guess is that you shouldn't have too much trouble with the odd bike or two unless they happen to be Penny Farthings of course.


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RE: Carrying pushbikes in your Eriba

in Anything Eriba-related Sun Feb 02, 2014 12:42 pm
by Unhitched (deleted)
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We are the same as SDA...bikes and dogs don't go hand in hand so it's obviously the former which stay behind!


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RE: Carrying pushbikes in your Eriba

in Anything Eriba-related Sun Feb 02, 2014 1:43 pm
by Aaron Calder | 3.732 Posts

As we tow with a convertible, we overcame the problem by buying a couple of 7-speed, aluminium-framed folding bikes.

When travelling the bikes go into their storage bags and are carried in the caravan aisle wedged in place by rolled up Duvalays and cushions. Once on site they are chained to the draw bar and covered with a garden furniture cover along with the chairs if the awning is not erected.

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RE: Carrying pushbikes in your Eriba

in Anything Eriba-related Sun Feb 02, 2014 2:44 pm
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RE: Carrying pushbikes in your Eriba

in Anything Eriba-related Sun Feb 02, 2014 2:52 pm
by Pop540 (deleted)
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we been using the back window for putting the caravan store in the eriba when travelling, but it may help for bike access and removal, the odd bacon buttie cuppa teas,


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RE: Carrying pushbikes in your Eriba

in Anything Eriba-related Mon Feb 03, 2014 11:03 am
by Linda J (deleted)
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Does anyone have the drawbar (not the back of the caravan) bike rack fitted and if so how do you like it? They seem to be very expensive!


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RE: Carrying pushbikes in your Eriba

in Anything Eriba-related Mon Feb 03, 2014 1:44 pm
by Eribafolk Admin. (deleted)
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Here's an interesting link Linda.
Drawbar bicycle carrier



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RE: Carrying pushbikes in your Eriba

in Anything Eriba-related Wed Feb 05, 2014 4:40 pm
by hampshireman (deleted)
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What model has central heating, a space for an armchair and a bike like that?


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RE: Carrying pushbikes in your Eriba

in Anything Eriba-related Fri Feb 14, 2014 5:12 pm
by Tigerlily (deleted)
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You'd have to be very careful with a drawbar mounted bike rack as it will contribute to your overall nosewieght and may exceed your towbar limit.


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RE: Carrying pushbikes in your Eriba

in Anything Eriba-related Fri Feb 14, 2014 5:29 pm
by Aaron Calder | 3.732 Posts

But similarly, carrying bikes on a rack attached to the rear of a caravan (as many people do) must reduce the noseweight.

According to my car's owner handbook, the noseweight of the caravan should be at the maximum specified for the towbar and this is difficult to achieve even with careful stowage of contents.


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