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  • Andy
    Member Since: 15 Mar 2019
    Location: Manchester
    Posts: 2
    United Kingdom 
    2019 Discovery SDV6 HSE Lux Loire Blue

    Tow Bar weights and Bike Carrier


    I recently received my Disco 5 with the deployable tow bar, and noticed a problem when I went to use it to fix my bike carrier onto it.

    Depsite the car being advertised as a 350kg nose weight, there is a section in the manual saying that no bike carrier (or tow bar mounted accessory) above 66.8kg can be used. This is number is the same for all tow bars, wether the 350kg, or the 190kg nose weight versions.

    My bike carrier and bikes weighs just under 80kg and was used for 6 years on previous cars.

    I asked my dealer about this, and they came back week later saying and that it was fine and that the manual was being over cautious. When I went into the dealer for the usual list of glitches to be corrected I asked them to email that statement to me.

    They refused, but stated verbally again it would be fine. I pushed for a written response, and after three weeks of conversations they are now saying that large bike carriers are not to be used on the Disco 5 and their solution is to take the car back as they knew I would be using a 4 bike carier prior to purchase.

    Has anyone else had experience of this, as I can't beleive the Disco has a weaker towbar than my previous Audi A6 Allroads had.


  • MalithS
    Member Since: 16 Aug 2018
    Location: Warwickshire
    Posts: 75
    United Kingdom 
    2019 Discovery Td6 HSE Santorini Black

    I dont think its the nose weight but the moment caused by hanging 4 bikes which is the problem. This is why the LR bike carrier only goes upto 3 bikes. They do not do a 4 bike carrier.
  • Andy
    Member Since: 15 Mar 2019
    Location: Manchester
    Posts: 2
    United Kingdom 
    2019 Discovery SDV6 HSE Lux Loire Blue

    Tow Bar weights and Bike Carrier

    They had drawings of the tow bar assembly in the user manual, and from there I calculated the moments to the CoG (centre of gravity) of the bike carrier and compared that to the plain towbar moment.

    THe 350kg weight limit would suggest a bike carrier limit of over 170Kg.

    But if you did the sums using the distances for the fixed towbar, and used the certified limit of 150Kg rather than the advertised 350kg you get almost exactly 66.8kg.

    I also called several other SuV brands, and all of them said they were fine with an up to 100kg bike carrier on the towball.

    So it looks like LR are calculating using 150kg, not their advertised number of 350kg!

  • Russell
    Member Since: 26 Jun 2016
    Location: Lydd
    Posts: 698
    United Kingdom 
    2017 Discovery Td6 First Edition Namib Orange

    So what are you going to do, return the car or just carry on with the four bikes?

    Namib Orange 1st Edition with black roof and wheels.
    Privacy, tow bar, drive pack, surround camera, heated front & rear seats, auto dim door mirrors, side steps, remote Pro, RSE, arm rest fridge dash cam front and rear.
  • harrythespider
    Member Since: 19 Jul 2018
    Location: cumbria
    Posts: 129
    United Kingdom 
    2017 Discovery TDV6 HSE Aintree Green

    Get some lighter bikes Whistle

    3.0 HSE. Luxury climate HUD active diff. elec towbar. FBH and timed climate.Capability plus pack.split TV. surround sound. Intelligent seating. adaptive lights, wade sensing. 360 pack.cooler.advanced tow, activity key+ more!!!!
  • Craigp
    Member Since: 09 Nov 2016
    Location: Hull
    Posts: 488

    Could be missing the point here. But with a perfectly good car. Why would you want a push bike. Rolling Eyes Or 4 for that matter Laughing
  • Chatuge
    Member Since: 08 Mar 2019
    Location: Surrey
    Posts: 5
    United Kingdom 

    This is v strange. I honestly hadn’t ever thought I could take 4 bikes! What would happen if I do as that’s my plan! Thule 4 bike tow hitch carrier!!
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