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Guzbikes Signing on With Solstice The Van

Hi all, my wife and I and a friend bought a used 2016 Ford Transit 12 passenger Wagon just before Christmas 2018.

We call the van Solstice since we flew out to pick her up on the 2018 winter solstice and drove back to the Phoenix, AZ area where we live. We are on Instagram: Vantasticaz

We want to keep it useable as a 10-12 passenger van, but also have a modular camper setup that we can install for camping and road trips. We were lucky enough to get a removable storage bench and bed setup that the previous owner had built, and we're slowly adding and modifying our setup as we do more trips and learn new things.

Looking forward to learning new things and contributing to the community!

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Also, I just figured out a bike rack setup that works great on the Transit and allows you to open both doors and fold them back fully with the bikes still loaded on the rack. How many posts do I need before I can post the links to the photos?
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Also, I just figured out a bike rack setup that works great on the Transit and allows you to open both doors and fold them back fully with the bikes still loaded on the rack. How many posts do I need before I can post the links to the photos?
I think you need 10 posts. Hurry so I can see this.
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Hi @njbill ! I think we can get there in this thread :-) Post 5: What kind of bike riding do you do? I ride road, mountain, and bike commute daily with my 2 year old, and I'm a huge fan of Brompton folding bikes for travel. My friends and I started a Brompton fan club, check out the Brompton Mafia on IG
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swing away bike racks have been around for decades, there is even a whole thread dedicated to them on the Transit forum.

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swing away bike racks have been around for decades, there is even a whole thread dedicated to them on the Transit forum.
@surly Bill , the rack I am talking about is not swing away. And the swing away racks I have looked at so far are all too short, except for the Rack Attach Large, and the Wilco Offroad one. I also just saw a post on the Facebook Transit discussion group saying that the Wilco swing away adapter interferes with the doors unless you get a drop hitch, which reduces ground clearance, which defeats the purpose of the Wilco...

And I haven't seen a swing away rack adapter that allows you to open the doors fully, lock them open, and then fold them all the way back with the bikes still loaded on the rack. In any case, whichever side it swings to, that door will be locked open at best and can't fold back.

I actually wrote up my entire post about the rack that I have installed in the Bike Rack Master Thread, I was going to post it, but I ran into the auto moderator not letting me post any links or images until I have made 10 posts, so thanks for helping me increase my post count! Post 6
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Hi @njbill ! I think we can get there in this thread :-) Post 5: What kind of bike riding do you do? I ride road, mountain, and bike commute daily with my 2 year old, and I'm a huge fan of Brompton folding bikes for travel. My friends and I started a Brompton fan club, check out the Brompton Mafia on IG
My bikes have an internal combustion engine.
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My bikes have an internal combustion engine.

Nice! I ride the kind that has a motor too, actually I'm about to sell a BMW G650GS dual sport. I'm thinking I'd like to get a 250 next, something that's easy to bring in or on the van too. I think the KL250 Super Sherpa looks cool, but they're pretty rare beasts!


I guess the bike rack thread post isn't really going to help you out after all, but thanks for helping get me to Post 9!
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I'd like to hear you idea as well. I picked up a Lolo Rack a short time ago and am considering a RackAttach driver side swing to have rear access with bikes on the rack. With bikes removed, which is very easy with the rack, the rack pivots down and allows both rear doors to open fully. The trick is walking around back there with a 5 foot tall "I" laying down.
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@gf293guy sounds like you might need to park in two parking spaces with that setup! :-)

I believe this is my 10th post, so does this mean I can post the link to the Bike Rack Master thread? Or is that the next post? https://www.fordtransitusaforum.com/...thread-13.html

Post 10!

Edit: bike rack post is up! https://www.fordtransitusaforum.com/...tml#post998506

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I'd like to hear you idea as well. I picked up a Lolo Rack a short time ago and am considering a RackAttach driver side swing to have rear access with bikes on the rack. With bikes removed, which is very easy with the rack, the rack pivots down and allows both rear doors to open fully. The trick is walking around back there with a 5 foot tall "I" laying down.

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