"Richard Brookman" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> so Natalie Drest was, like...
> > Or there's always this sort of thing, mounted on the rear of your
> > caravan: http://www.bernsbeaks.com.au/bernsbeaks3/Caravans.htm
> Looks pretty dire to me. Mounting bikes on the *rear* of a caravan is not
> recommended because a) the GRP rear panel that most caravans have is not
> designed for that kind of load,
He mounts it on a fabricated subframe/bumper if you don't have one. Some
caravans here have proper bumpers standard.
I'd suggest you take a closer look at his site, but it seems to be off the
air. His missus must have stopped pedalling.
and b) it's putting a substantial weight
> where it can do most harm to the stability of the outfit.
So take it into account- like one does with everything else loaded into a
> in/on the van should be carried as near to the centre of rotation (the
> caravan axle) as possible. There are only four places to mount cycles
> don't compromise stability: on the roof of the towcar, on the rear of the
> towcar, above the drawbar of the van (I have seen it done, on European
> mostly), and inside the van, over the axle.
But we aren't talking about mounting a motorbike here, just a treadly. They
weigh less than a spare tyre, & I've definitely seen tyres on the back of
vans- didn't seem to do any harm.
> None of the mainstream caravan accessory people offer this type of
Doesn't mean anything. Not many of the 'mainstream' companies offer a
practical solution for the gentleman's problem either. Took me a while to
find a site showing one like the one I own, which does solve his problem-
see previous post.
> This website looks a bit amateurish,
and I wonder how many of these they
> have made
and how far they would back you up if anything went wrong with the
My experience with family businesses that actually make things is that
they'll look after you much longer than a 12-month warranty from a big-name
company that has its stuff made in China. No problem for them to take it out
to the workshop and do a spot of welding, or even an improvement for you-
even years later. They have pride in their workmanship. This fellow's site
may be amateurish, but I think it communicates that pride in workmanship
quite well. He's clearly a hands-on, make-things kind of guy, as opposed to
a web-nerd or a marketing person. Also, these kinds of businesses that
fabricate gear for use in the outback have years of experience, & take their
creations out on tour themselves to test & refine them. And if it lasts out
there, it'll last anywhere.
The fact that they won't guarantee their coatings and any
> components of the mounting not made by them doesn't inspire confidence.
To what degree are coatings guaranteed by LR? If I scratch the paint on my
car's steel panel & it rusts over time, will they fix it for me?
I think that may be what he's getting at.