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Old 07-22-2012, 01:20 AM   #1
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Default Maybe the ultimate hitch mounted cargo carrier for a B van

I saw this Vélo Combo 101 swing away hitch mounted cargo carrier in Safari Condo's showroom:





Hitch mount, clear swing away, lights, license plate holder, storage rack/cart, bikes go on top of it............. What more could a Class B Owner want?

Oh yeah, it was like $1,700 or $1,800 .........

http://nicova.ca/en/products/

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Old 05-20-2013, 11:38 PM   #2
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The Nicova website has been updated in both French and English. http://nicova.ca/en/products/

The 64? x 24? x 20? Vélo Combo 101 is listed here: http://nicova.ca/en/products-series-100/

The smaller 54? x 24? x 16? Vélo Combo 401 is listed here http://nicova.ca/en/products-series-400/







Sometimes I still think I should have bought one when I was in Quebec. However, I see that they offer overnight parking...... I could always take a trip....

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There is ample space in our workshop for installation and maintenance. We can meet with you there to discuss your specific needs and to provide an estimate of the cost of the adjustments, if applicable.

Finally, customers who have travelled long distances can make a request in advance to park their recreational vehicle on the NICOVA property and stay overnight during their time in the workshop.
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Old 05-21-2013, 01:35 AM   #3
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OMG. Thanks for posting this.

I would buy one of these in a heartbeat. It would even be cost effective for me. I would save money and not get a rear tire carrier and put the spare tire in or under the RV and also forget the loud and expensive Onan generator and carry a quieter portable that I could use in more places. Two bikes on top and ready to go. Thanks again.
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What it would be useful for me, would be using that to store a tiny 1000 watt inverter generator (which would be placed underneath when running), so I can keep the house batteries from completely discharging if dry camping in cold weather. If I need more wattage than that, I fire up the coach's onboard genset. That would take care of running everything but the A/C or the microwave as well.

I can also either keep the bike rack, or remove it and install a set of RotoPax pack mounts which would allow for some additional fuel containers to be brought along and stored in a secure manner.

If I were going on a long trip, this rack would be a must have. I just wonder if the doors are metal, since one thing I'd probably do is see about adding a hockey puck hasp onto it. It won't discourage the serious thieves, but would encourage the casual tweakers to go somewhere else for easier pickings.
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:10 PM   #5
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I couldn't tell from the pictures if model 101 covered up part of the rear lights on a Sprinter. I know the box itself has tail lights but it would be nice if the box just came to the door hinges. Does anyone know?

The box would also be useful for carrying several 20 pound propane tanks for extended dry camping during hot weather. The Marshall Extend-A-Stay on the horizontal propane tank gives one additional flexibility to manage propane usage during hot weather.
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I don't know for sure but think the Sprinter lights will be blocked a bit. More visible from a distance and more blocked the closer the trailing vehicle is. I found another photo:



When I enlarge that photo it looks to me that the 101 comes right to the inner edge of the Sprinter light assembly.
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I wonder if it comes with a light kit. If it does, likely a four pin connector, that would help mitigate the fact that it partially obscures the taillights.
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This bike carrier with cargo rack is a good low cost idea if the Combo 101 at $1,800 plus is not in the budget



$120 plus shipping and handling. http://www.discountramps.com/hitch-cargo-carrier.htm

I was working on building something similar today and decided to Google it tonight. I'm going incorporate a cargo box and some slides to maintain access to both doors. It would be pretty easy to do the same with the one in the photo.
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Link to my DIY Sliding cargo box with bike rack: http://www.classbforum.com/phpBB2/vi...hp?f=12&t=2616

I'll use it all summer to see if interferes with how we travel then I'll know if it is worth buying something better.
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I saw this Vélo Combo 101 swing away hitch mounted cargo carrier in Safari Condo's showroom:





Hitch mount, clear swing away, lights, license plate holder, storage rack/cart, bikes go on top of it............. What more could a Class B Owner want?

Oh yeah, it was like $1,700 or $1,800 .........

http://nicova.ca/en/products/

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I saw this cargo carrier at a recent rally I attended in Michigan. A fellow from Utah travelled to Quebec to get one. He also got the included bike rack as well. He had it installed on his 2010 ERA. Looked very sharp and practical with tons of space for everything they wanted to carry. He did stay overnight parked on site apparently. He seemed very pleased with the unit.
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