Is anyone using the bike prep to attach a towball bike carrier?

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Re: Is anyone using the bike prep to attach a towball bike carrier?

Post by gailjon » Sat Mar 06, 2021 7:36 am

It's a pity that the car can't take more than 75kgs total. We use the towbar on my Q7 for 4 adult bikes that weigh around 60 kgs total and the rack itself with the 4th bike attachment would weigh around 23-24 kgs I think. MInd you, the towbar is rated for 140kgs and the bike rack for 75kgs load.

I was hoping we could take the wife's ID3 to the cycle park, etc but no go unfortunately. It would have been nice to drive carbon free and then cycle carbon free!
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Re: Is anyone using the bike prep to attach a towball bike carrier?

Post by mph » Wed Mar 17, 2021 6:11 pm

VW seem to be further increasing the confusion over the weight limit for the tow ball with the latest revision of the manual.

The November 2020 edition of the online manual says "The maximum load (carrier system including load) of the bicycle carrier fitted on the ball coupling is 55 Kg or 75 kg depending on the equipment." They give no explanation of what the different equipments are.

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Re: Is anyone using the bike prep to attach a towball bike carrier?

Post by Gemma 1 » Fri Jun 04, 2021 10:03 am

Hi, this is from my ID.3, retired at the end of May 2021. An addition to the paper manual clarifies the maximum allowable load.

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Re: Is anyone using the bike prep to attach a towball bike carrier?

Post by mph » Fri Jun 04, 2021 12:33 pm

Thank you, that's very helpful.

This is the first evidence I have seen that VW do produce a 75 kg limit tow ball for this car. Now they just need to fix the user manuals, and give accurate information to their dealers.

It is interesting that in addition the higher weight limit of 75 kg, compared to the 55 kg limit photos posted earlier in this thread, the maximum offset distances for the centre of gravity of the load have also increased, so further increasing the moment of the load on the mounting points.

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Re: Is anyone using the bike prep to attach a towball bike carrier?

Post by mph » Fri Jun 04, 2021 12:53 pm

I also meant to ask about "retired at the end of May 2021".

Have you disposed of your ID3?

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Re: Is anyone using the bike prep to attach a towball bike carrier?

Post by Gemma 1 » Fri Jun 04, 2021 9:32 pm

No, no. I apologize for my terrible english. I meant "taken from the VW dealer".
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Re: Is anyone using the bike prep to attach a towball bike carrier?

Post by scott28tt » Fri Jun 04, 2021 10:09 pm

Gemma 1 wrote:
Fri Jun 04, 2021 10:03 am
Hi, this is from my ID.3, retired at the end of May 2021. An addition to the paper manual clarifies the maximum allowable load.

Was that factory fitted, or installed by your dealer?

I’ve read that factory fitted is 75kg but retro-fitted is only 55kg.
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Re: Is anyone using the bike prep to attach a towball bike carrier?

Post by Gemma 1 » Sat Jun 05, 2021 11:51 am

Factory fitted.
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Re: Is anyone using the bike prep to attach a towball bike carrier?

Post by Morovitch » Mon Jun 07, 2021 6:15 pm

I had one fitted by dealer and it's also rated to 75kg. I think they changed the towbar after March/April this year, earlier versions were 55kg, I had to wait almost 2 months for mine with the higher rating. I'm glad I did as this one is much more usable.

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Re: Is anyone using the bike prep to attach a towball bike carrier?

Post by gwr » Tue Jun 15, 2021 9:58 am

On a related issue, is anyone's rear number plate falling off? Had to reattach mine to the sticky pads and I wondered whether it's because of the different stress when it is folded down for the bike attachment.
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