How to fit a Fiamma Bike Rack
Fitting a Bike rack to a motorhome can be a daunting process, the prospect of drilling holes in your expensive pride and joy can be off-putting for many, but those adept DIYers can proceed to install a Fiamma Bike rack themselves following some guidelines laid down below.
Before purchasing and fitting a Fiamma bike rack it would be advisable to speak to your local dealer or the manufacturer to ascertain if the rear wall of your Motorhome has any strengthened points suitable for bike racks to be fitted through.
Do you have sufficient payload available for the added weight of a bike rack and associated bikes ?
Typically a Fiamma bike rack will weigh anywhere between 5Kg all the way up to 18Kg (Lift 77 Bike rack) and then typically the maximum weight capacity is 60Kg for a 4 Bike rack. So you could be looking at 80Kg worst case.
The other consideration when fitting a fiamma bike rack or any other Motorhome Bike racks is the added length to your vehicle. Most of these bike racks can be folded up when not in use but they still add length even put away with no bikes on them. If you have a short driveway this might make a difference !
The rear of your Motorhome layout can affect the location and type of bike rack you can fit. If you have a rear window you may have to sacrifice opening this as a bike rack may obscure it or opt for a much shorter height bike rack like the Fiamma Carry-Bike Pro C which is designed for these purposes.
If the only place you can mount a fiamma bike rack is high up then you may want to opt for specialised models like the Fiamma Lift 77 which via the use of a handle can be wound down easily to waist level to put the bikes on to the rack before winding it back up. This may be also of use to you if you suffer from a heart condition and are not allowed to lift weight above a certain height.
Once a suitable location is found on the rear then you also need to ensure that the mounting bolts which go through the entire bodywork are not going to foul anything on the inside of your van, that they are accessible as you will need to place a metal rectangular spreader plate (8 x 4cm) on to the two coach bolts for each bracket and they this is secured in place via Nyloc nuts as shown in this image
Fiamma do provide cover up plastic covers for these plates/bolts which are approx 8.5 x 4.5 cm as shown below but you need to ensure there is sufficient space to accommodate the plates and these covers on the inside wall of your vehicle.
Once you have the location in place, drill your first brackets holes and bolt the first bracket in place, ensuring sikaflex or an equivalent sealant is used to ensure watertightness, this can then be used as the exact start point to reference for the remaining 3 brackets. Ensure you do not over tighten the nuts as the construction of the rear wall of some motorhomes can be sandwich type material.
Note: some Fiamma bike racks have a support rail instead of 2 individual brackets for the bottom of the rack but the same 2 bolts per side and spreader plates.
One thing to bear in mind if you do fit The Fiamma Lift 77 bike rack is this has much larger spreader plates (12 x 10cm) due to the increased weight of the bike rack.
Pre-fitted Mounting brackets
If you already have manufacturer supplied Fiamma brackets pre installed on your motorhome then our handy guide below will help to identify which Fiamma cycle rack will fit.
Measure the width between your brackets centre to centre and then the gap vertically centre to centre on the brackets and then use the handy table below to ascertain which Fiamma bike rack will fit. Note some bike racks have telescopic vertical poles and so they have a minimum and maximum height gap.
|Fiamma Bike Rack||Fiamma P/N||Bracket Width (cm)||Min Height (cm)||Max Height (cm)|
|Pro C E-Bike||02094B13A||60||40||50|
|Pro C N||02094-10V||60||40||50|
|Knaus – Eifelland||02093-29-||60||40||50|
|Pro M N||02094-11V||60||50||80|
|Lift 77 E-Bike||02093E43A||60||68||108|
|VW T5 Pro||02093E71A||128||88||88|
|VW T6 Pro||02094B08A||128||88||88|
|Caravan Active E-Bike||02094A06A||90||92||92|
|Merc V Class Premium||02094B14A||90||95||95|
|XLA Pro 200 E-Bike||02093E32A||90||100||100|
|Simple Plus 200||02093-36-||60||110||145|
|200 DJ Ducato||02093G89A||115.5||115.5|
|200 DJ Sprinter||02093B93A||120||120|
|Mercedes V Class Lift E-Bike||02094A015||90||123||123|
|VW T4 D||02094-22A||35||138.5||138.5|
|VW T5 / T6 D||02093B79A||30||144||144|
|Renault Trafic D||02093B74A||55||144||144|