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Old 21 April 2011, 05:38   #11
Country: UK - Wales
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If you're towing a boat, chuck the bikes in!

If not, no problem if the rack uses the ball.

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Old 21 April 2011, 16:22   #12
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Thanks for the feedback. I will probably opt for one of the Thule models


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Old 22 April 2011, 17:01   #13
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I have the Thule one, with the built in lights and number plate. I get 3 bikes plus sneek a small 3 year olds bike on as well. Have had no problem to date, it is a lot sturdier than you would think and i have also chucked a mates moped on it when he broke down one day!!

When parking up i have a steel cable lock to stop anyone making off with it!! I have a removable towball on my car as well.

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Old 23 April 2011, 11:59   #14
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I have a maxxraxx one.

Can connect and disconnect the trailer without touching the bikes. Also it tilts down enough that I can lower the pickup door.

IMO I would not compare the typical ball loading and the weight of the bikes. The hitch will be designed for very much more than the typical hitch weight to accomodate the dynamic loads imposed by the trailer (during breaking etc.). The load from the bikes will be fairly constant and not add the dynamic load much more than the static load of the bikes.

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Old 23 April 2011, 14:42   #15
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We use a Pendle four bike rack on the removable tow ball of my wife's Astra. Not cheap, but works well and does not affect the handling of the Astra, so I'm sure similar arrangements on bigger vehicles will not be a problem.

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