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SpiderJ

Member Since 13 May 2013
Offline Last Active May 21 2013 08:42 AM
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Bike Carrier / Tow Bar For S-Max

13 May 2013 - 03:19 PM

I recently purchased a nearly new 2012 S-Max Titanium, for long family journeys abroad, as well as for our camping trips.

 

When camping we often have enough gear to warrant a roof rack, but this year I also wanted to start taking mine and my kids bikes along with, too.

 

Having done some research it appears that the rear door of the S-Max is a composite material that isn't strong enough to hold a rear bike carrier safely (especially when laden with 3-4 bikes). Is this correct?


If so, then I've started to look at getting a tow bar fitted and a bike carrier attached to the tow bar. This is my first experience with tow bars and bike carriers, so some advice would be welcome:

 

  1. My local Ford dealer said they don't supply either, so is there a recommended tow-bar fitter in/near North London?
  2. Some of the tow-bar sites I have read say that they would need to cut into my rear bumper in order to fit it. Is this going to compromise the safety of the bumper and/or my warranty?
  3. Are all tow bars alike? Or is there a recommended brand? I'd prefer to get one that can be removed when not-needed, both to reduce the likelihood of damage while parking, and to stop it interfering with the rear parking sensors
  4. It seems like the whole wiring thing is horribly confusing and a bit of a kludge. Is there a simple solution to what kind of wiring I would need and a way to ensure that its not going to screw up the electrics of the car? I merely want to be able to put a bike carrier on - I have no intention or desire to hook up a caravan or trailer, etc.

 

thanks

 

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