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Storage/Thule Backup Box on T4?

fleep
05-08-08, 18:56
Hi everyone,

Hopefully someone here has some experience of this. I have a T4 with a tailgate, and also a towbar. I need some additional storage (roof is taken already), so looked at the Thule Backup 900 with the Easybase. According to the blurb, it fits right on the towbar (true), and hinges down out of the way to allow access to the boot (complete fib). I spent 2 hours in the rail today building the Easybase and trying to see how the box would fit. So, it would allow more storage, but the boot is inaccessible.

Has anyone fitted this to the T4, or have any additonal ideas for more storage? I have seen some homemade devices strapped to the back of T4s, but this is not what I am aiming for. I have a towbar, but not up for a trailer...

Cheers,

fleep

georgekirc
20-04-14, 21:29
Hi I have the same issue and wondered if you have come up with a solution?

Hoovie
21-04-14, 06:17
I've seen these strapped onto tow-bar mounted bike-holders. If you got one of the extended 4-bike racks and mounted it at the end ,math at might give you the extra clearance you need?

porangi.chris
21-04-14, 06:54
We have the box. We used it for kite gear when we had a SWB and then took the box off so we could carry Bikes. It does hinge down but not enough for rear doors on a van to open. Would work on a car where boot lip is higher. Still handy if you are going away as its pretty easy to take off. Once on site you can lift the box off and sit it next to the tent/awning/windbreak for a few days. Less useful on a road/day trip. Also if you are lowered it really hangs on the rear suspension and pulls that down.

Honest advice - buy a LWB that's what we've done!

SmileyT
21-04-14, 09:24
I use a Fiamma bike rack on the tailgate with additional Fiamma ultrabox 320. It looks tidy and does the job. Only issue is that the tailgate stays won't hold up a fully loaded box anymore than it would a fully loaded bike rack.
Not an issue for me normally as I take the box off when we arrive and put it in the awning as storage out there.

Cabbage15
21-04-14, 10:07
I use a fiamma cargo bag on my bike rack. enough space to put the awning in and chairs etc and folds up neat when not using itT:


http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cleverandeasy.com%2 Fimages%2Fstories%2Ffiamma_cargo_back.jpg&imgrefurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cleverandeasy.com%2FTra vel%2Fextra-trunk-space-or-cycle-carrier-westfalia-portilo.html&h=207&w=255&tbnid=XULs9rpyEHIatM%3A&zoom=1&docid=prVCpB0qyfoxwM&ei=x-1UU4m9IYbYOsG5gLAI&tbm=isch&client=safari&ved=0CFwQMygFMAU&iact=rc&uact=3&dur=2861&page=1&start=0&ndsp=17

druggedonions
21-04-14, 10:16
I use a Fiamma bike rack on the tailgate with additional Fiamma ultrabox 320. It looks tidy and does the job. Only issue is that the tailgate stays won't hold up a fully loaded box anymore than it would a fully loaded bike rack.
Not an issue for me normally as I take the box off when we arrive and put it in the awning as storage out there.

I use a fiamma cargo bag on my bike rack. enough space to put the awning in and chairs etc and folds up neat when not using itT:


http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cleverandeasy.com%2 Fimages%2Fstories%2Ffiamma_cargo_back.jpg&imgrefurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cleverandeasy.com%2FTra vel%2Fextra-trunk-space-or-cycle-carrier-westfalia-portilo.html&h=207&w=255&tbnid=XULs9rpyEHIatM%3A&zoom=1&docid=prVCpB0qyfoxwM&ei=x-1UU4m9IYbYOsG5gLAI&tbm=isch&client=safari&ved=0CFwQMygFMAU&iact=rc&uact=3&dur=2861&page=1&start=0&ndsp=17

+1 on this idea. Put the box on a tailgate mounted bike rack. Then put a bit of plastic conduit over one or both gas struts to hold the tailgate open when loaded. :ILU:

SmileyT
21-04-14, 13:24
+1 on this idea. Put the box on a tailgate mounted bike rack. Then put a bit of plastic conduit over one or both gas struts to hold the tailgate open when loaded. :ILU:

Liking that idea, never thought of doing it that way T: