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Can anyone point me in the direction of a cycle rack capable of holding two bikes for a Phaeton. This would have to be boot (trunk) mounted, but I am unsure as to the operation of the boot lid if one of theses contraptions is attached.
Any help would be gratefully received (Before anyone asks its not so that I can cycle to the next fuel stop)!!
 

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I use a universal bike rack. It holds 2 mountain bikes. I drove from Indianapolis to Hilton Head and back with the bikes last summer without any probs. You cannot get in the boot until you remove the rack but that is easy (especially if you have the bikes off). As long as the rack is well padded where it touches the car and the metal parts are completely clear of the paintwork, it will work.
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I use a universal bike rack. It holds 2 mountain bikes. I drove from Indianapolis to Hilton Head and back with the bikes last summer without any probs. You cannot get in the boot until you remove the rack but that is easy (especially if you have the bikes off). As long as the rack is well padded where it touches the car and the metal parts are completely clear of the paintwork, it will work.
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I have used the basic Hollywood rack which attaches to the boot without any trouble. I can't remember where I bought it but probably Evans. No trouble with boot but it cannot be opened when rack attached. It is very quick and easy to put rack on and take off.
 

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I have used the basic Hollywood rack which attaches to the boot without any trouble. I can't remember where I bought it but probably Evans. No trouble with boot but it cannot be opened when rack attached. It is very quick and easy to put rack on and take off.
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I have seen this one advertised at evans, just wondered how you manage to mount/demount it without opening the boot?
 

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I purchased the Westfalia Portilo, which goes into a towbar and ensures you do not scratch your paint. It is easy, safe, secure for the bicycles, and has side lights, brake lights, and turning lights. And it stores inside the trunk when not in use.

Only downside: I did have to purchase a 21mm socket key so I can tighten the adjustment screw every time I use it, to avoid any risk of it swinging. It takes all of 15 seconds to tighten, and I keep the key on one of the vertical/lateral cargo net pockets so it is a very minor downside.

Alas! I cannot use it on the Phaeton as use of a towbar is specifically disavowed for the W12, so we use it only on the Touareg.


http://www.westfalia-automotive.de/index.php?id=80&L=1
 

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Oh, I paid way too much. PF Jones, UK. They are used to shipping this stuff Stateside. Cheap as heck, because we Stateside save 21% VAT, but then shipping is completely unreasonable. From my invoice:

Subtotal: £280.00
Shipping cost: £120.00

Total cost: £400.00

You will in addition require one Euro-spec tow ball (the hitch tongue you can get for $20 anywhere). There is one U.S. maker that makes a 50mm ball, but it still not Euro-compliant because below the ball they kept the typical U.S. collar or flange. You need a straight and thin shaft below the ball. Your source is:

Ben Babcock
Watling Engineers Ltd.
Watling Engineers
sales followed by the standard pound sign which is: at, tow-bars period co dot uk
They are on the web and you need to ask for a "a 50mm towball made to the same style as your American 2” towballs i.e. a 50mm ball on a 25mm (1”) shank"

This is £40, shipped, although both the Queen's and the Fed's mail systems are both pathetic reflections of their former selves and shipment took several weeks, so you may wish to splurge on DHL or Fedex.

Finally, the beautiful 13-pin Euro-spec lights setup is hard to implement in the States: plate lights, courtesy (parking) lights, left and right orange turn signals, fog light, reverse light, and independent brake lights. The kind of people who work in the tow industry here are largely befuddled by it. My Touareg ironically has the Westfalia German-made trailer electrics module.... dumbed down to US standards... and if you don't feed it exactly what it wants to see, it will give you a burned bulb warning in the dash. I had a specialist here in Miami dumb the Portilo lights to U.S. standards: plate lights, courtesy lights, and red lights which do double work as turn lights and brake lights.

Kind of :facepalm: the whole project but it works nicely after all is said and done.
 
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