We looked at adding a bike rack to the rear of the van, as the the rear bar already came with a tow ball adaptor specifically for bike racks. However, after discussion with the manufacturer and a rack supplier we decided to go with a front drawbar mounted rack. The rack supplier stated warranties were void for rear caravan mounts, and the van supplier said any chassis warranties would be void.
So after looking around at a few we decided on the Grip Sport folding rack, with a tow bar adaptor. This allows us to relocate the rack from the van to the car to take to bikes to more remote locations as a starting point.
The rack comes with a steel beam and chassis brackets, the idea being you have the beam welded at the required length to the brackets, then they slip down over the draw bar and clamp on. However, due to the lack of space it was decided to weld the beam directly to the chassis – a great job was done by Lawrence RV in Brendale QLD.
The rack mounts just in front of the gas bottles, but positions the bikes further back over the front tool box. The folding allows them to remain attached and fold the rack forward to get easy access to the tool box if required.