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 Sparky » Tue Mar 02, 2021 9:15 am

I have checked the documentation and there is conflicting info. On the car plate it says 55kg. In the supplementary book entitled Technical Modifications ID.3 it says "The maximum load (carrier system including load) of the bicycle carrier fitted on the ball coupling is 75Kg." This supplementary book came along with the main manual in the document wallet. I'm puzzled. My ball coupling was definitely factory fitted.

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

Post by gailjon » Tue Mar 02, 2021 9:39 am

Could they be weights with the bike rack attached plus 55kgs or 75 kgs total load without the bike rack attached? My Atera Strada without the fourth bike attachment weighs 18kgs so a 20kg buffer for the weight of the rack seems reasonable.
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Re: Is anyone using the bike prep to attach a towball bike carrier?

Post by gailjon » Tue Mar 02, 2021 9:43 am

Should have read your reply more closely as I've just repeated what you said!

I do think total weight of 75 including rack is the correct one and 55 plus the rack is what is on the sticker.
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Re: Is anyone using the bike prep to attach a towball bike carrier?

Post by kaiz » Tue Mar 02, 2021 9:57 am

Oh, I found also a paper.
Die maximale traglast (trägersystem inklusive zuladung) des auf dem kugelkopf montieren fahrradträger beträgt 75 kg.
Google translate: The maximum load (carrier system including payload) of the bicycle carrier mounted on the ball head is 75 kg.
So it is, when you use VW bike rack, what should then be 20 kg. :P

I've been thinking, that can I give some smaller car a little tow, or the tow bar leaves the car with bumper and maybe half a car. :P
There is no place/permission for tow hook on the back.
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Re: Is anyone using the bike prep to attach a towball bike carrier?

Post by OldFartAtPlay » Thu Mar 04, 2021 9:57 am

Ah well, 55kg max load counts me out of buying an id3. My 2 ebikes weigh about 43kg, plus bike rack 14.5kg, 57.5kg total. Shame. Looks like I'lkl have to consider id4 instead.
Ah maybe not, have just read latest comments re it poss being 75kg including weight of bike rack. Will have to be certain about this!

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

Post by Sparky » Thu Mar 04, 2021 10:44 am

My interpretation is that it has to be 75Kg including the carrier, but as you say you'd have to be sure. Just how you would confirm this I don't know, perhaps a direct contact with VW? Not sure a Dealer would know.

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

Post by gwr » Thu Mar 04, 2021 11:36 am

I've got the Tech with bike prep. and the information in the technical modifications addition to the manual definitely states 75kg total weight on the ball head.

It's a heavy piece of kit and was tied to a luggage cleat using the quick release strap on the bag when I picked up the car, which leaves it lying on the boot floor. I've added an extension strap so it can go in the under-boot which is neater. You certainly wouldn't want it flying around in a crash.
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Re: Is anyone using the bike prep to attach a towball bike carrier?

Post by mph » Thu Mar 04, 2021 6:17 pm

gwr,

Is there a data plate behind the number plate, to the right of where the tow bar fits in? In another forum an owner posted a photo of this plate on his car which showed 55 kg. He believed his tow bar had been factory fitted, but there seemed to be some possible doubt about this.

If yours has such a plate, and you could perhaps post a photo of it showing (presumably) 75 kg, I would find that very reassuring.

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

Post by gwr » Fri Mar 05, 2021 6:06 pm

Here is the plate, the technical modification title page, and the section referring to the towball capacity. The plate lists 55kg and the manual 75kg. Both are quite specific so it seems most likely the plate is allowing 20kg for the carrier.

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

Post by mph » Fri Mar 05, 2021 7:06 pm

Thank you.

VW do seem to be trying hard to cause confusion. I wonder how one is supposed to reconcile the 'maximum two bicycles' symbol with the fact that the ID3 price list includes an optional VW bicycle carrier that carries three bicycles.

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