How Hard Is It To Convert To A Tailgate?

Discussion in 'General VW T6 Chat' started by Ann Sutcliffe, 3 Jan 2020.

  1. Ann Sutcliffe

    Ann Sutcliffe New Member

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    Hi, wonder if you can advise how hard it is to convert barn doors to a tailgate. The van is already converted .. by Bodan's in Shrewsbury. Stupidly we didn't realise how hard it would be to find a bike rack with barn doors so exploring changing - we are not DIY people so would need to pay someone to do it.
    Thanks for any help
     
  2. RedUn

    RedUn Kombi... work in progress VIP Member T6 Guru

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    It would be easier to go for a towbar rack?
     
  3. Pete C

    Pete C T30 102bhp converted to camper VIP Member T6 Legend

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    How many bikes do you want to carry ?
    Pete
     
  4. mmi

    mmi Senior Member VCDS User VIP Member T6 Legend

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  5. Ann Sutcliffe

    Ann Sutcliffe New Member

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    Hi - sorry for delay in replying - we want to take 2 bikes, (1 is a pretty heavy ebike), and we have researched all the towbar options capable of carrying that weight - and none of the "tippable" towbar options allow the barn doors to open more than about 9 inches wide - meaning that we would have to unload the bikes every time we wanted to get into the back... hence question about how hard it would be to convert to a tailgate from barn doors - and also if you know anyone competent to do it (we are not!).
    We are also considering buying a small box trailer for the bikes and other stuff ...
     
  6. Ann Sutcliffe

    Ann Sutcliffe New Member

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    Thanks, yes we have looked into that but none of the towbar bike racks tip far enough back to allow the barn doors to open more than about 9 inches wide - meaning we would have to unload the bikes every time we wanted to access the back... there is one that pulls back and then tips - but it won't take a heavy e bike. Thanks anyway...
     
  7. Pete C

    Pete C T30 102bhp converted to camper VIP Member T6 Legend

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    Look at the Altera Strada DL here: Simple Question On Bike Racks

    It will carry 45kg of bikes.

    We are between Wolverhampton and Telford, so you are welcome to come and have a look (that's our van in the picture).

    Pete
     
  8. Spaghettiboy78

    Spaghettiboy78 Mr Spaghetti VIP Member T6 Guru

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    Hi,

    I've got a tailgate van with the genuine VW rack, and you can't really open that with bikes on at all, so you'd be no better off in that respect. I have opened it slightly to get at the gas bottle with one bike on it, but that was one light alloy bike, not anything heavy.
     

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