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Old 11-17-13, 09:06 AM   #1
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Hitch mounted rack for a Mini Cooper Clubman?

Does anyone have any experience with a two bike tray rack on a Mini Cooper Clubman? Any first hand experience comments would be most welcome...Thanks!
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Old 11-17-13, 12:40 PM   #2
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I don't. But I bet you got really excited to see there was a reply to your thread.

However, I want a Clubman S, so this is kind of relevant to my interests as well. But because of the rear door situation fitting a regular trunk rack in a splayed out position liek you see on a lot of hatchbacks probably wouldn't work here because you'd literally have to take it off after each use.
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Since I just bought a fatbike this topic has got a bit more important to me. I have a Clubman and have been living with taking my bikes apart and putting them inside the car so far. I do not think that will work with my new bike. Any ideas for a bike rack is welcome.
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Just as an aside - how you do like the Clubman? How is it to drive? On room/space? Do you have the S model or regular. It's shaping up to be my next car hopefully. I'm not at the point of test driving yet, but hopefully next year.
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I have the Diesel version. I do like it but it has had some tecnical problems and has a certain plasticky feel to it on the inside that I am not too happy with. I like the looks of it and it is a fun car to drive especially on narrow roads with lots of turns.
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Old 11-17-13, 03:34 PM   #6
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Do you have the hitch on it already?

http://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Hitc...eid=2013302135

Installation instructions. A bit of a chore to install....

https://www.curtmfg.com/masterlibrar...111700_INS.PDF

Looks like it hides behind the license plate when not in use....
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Old 11-17-13, 07:21 PM   #7
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I don't own one. My ride is an Element. Owning a Mini Cooper would lead to a certain loss of driving privileges for me I'm asking for a friend. She currently hauls her bikes on the roof but she's not real pleased with that setup.
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at only 5'5", and my wife is about 5'3", roofing the bikes i don't think will ever be a choice for us.
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No hitch yet. Want to hear from someone with experience with the setup first.

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Do you have the hitch on it already?

http://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Hitc...eid=2013302135

Installation instructions. A bit of a chore to install....

https://www.curtmfg.com/masterlibrar...111700_INS.PDF

Looks like it hides behind the license plate when not in use....
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Old 11-17-13, 09:49 PM   #10
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have a hitch mounted rack on my 2013 hyundai accent hatchback. works very well. this is the best way to transport your bikes.
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Old 11-18-13, 09:06 AM   #11
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My wife has a FIAT 500. I put a hitch on it and she has a Yakima 2-bike rack- not the tray version, as the trays tend to be wider than the car.
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My wife has a FIAT 500.
this is why you don't let your wife pick out the car she wants.
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Actually, it is an awesome little car.
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Sorry it doesn't have a V8 and a lift kit.
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I have had a 2009 fJCW Clubman since new. It has the MINI-Do-More hitch behind the license plate. My plan is to buy either a Yakima or Thule 2-bike rack, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. There are some that are hinged so you can lay the rack back at about a 45deg angle for rear door access. Without the bikes on the rack, you may be able to open the doors without moving the rack.
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I have a clubman, but I don't have the hitch rack. I have a roof mounted rack. It's pretty sweet and I can use it for more than just bikes. We transport our 17' sea kayaks on it as well. It wasn't cheap but it is sturdy. Now as far as the clubman, I do have the factory roof rails if you'd be interested in them. Then you could just go get any standard bike rack to use on them. They worked fine for bikes, but they were too close together for sea kayaks so we decided to get full rails.
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Just as an aside - how you do like the Clubman? How is it to drive? On room/space? Do you have the S model or regular. It's shaping up to be my next car hopefully. I'm not at the point of test driving yet, but hopefully next year.
We have the S version and that thing is a screamer. Plenty of space. This is our second one with the first one being a standard Mini S. Quite a bit larger than the regular Mini. I don't get to drive it much as it's my wife's main car, but when I do, I routinely hit 130mph in it. Maybe that's why I don't get to drive it much......
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do you have a manual or the paddle shifters? I'm only considering the S model as well, slightly better body style and I want the extra umph.
also how is visibility out the read windows - do the door frames hinder the middle view?
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do you have a manual or the paddle shifters? I'm only considering the S model as well, slightly better body style and I want the extra umph.
also how is visibility out the read windows - do the door frames hinder the middle view?
Ours is a 6 speed manual. Ours is quick but a friend of my wife has a John Cooper "Works" model and man will that thing will fly.

I've not had any issues with visibility and my wife hasn't either and if she hasn't, then it doesn't have a problem. I had a cap on my truck and she could barely drive it because of the "poor" visibility. I didn't have a problem with that either.

The third door on the Clubman is pretty sweet also. Full size adults can fit comfortably in the rear seats. They also fold flat and it's got a surprisingly amount of cargo room.

The only thing I don't like about the Mini, and I had it with the 2005 one we had also is quality. It's been in the shop a couple times for issues that the reason they gave was complete B.S. and it was dead and had to be towed. Plus it has a lot of creaks when driving it. The S model (maybe the other one also, I don't know) is a little stiff riding but I'd expect that because of the sport suspension. I drive a Subaru Forester and I rarely drive the Mini because the Forester rides so much nicer.
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I have had a 2009 fJCW Clubman since new. It has the MINI-Do-More hitch behind the license plate. My plan is to buy either a Yakima or Thule 2-bike rack, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. There are some that are hinged so you can lay the rack back at about a 45deg angle for rear door access. Without the bikes on the rack, you may be able to open the doors without moving the rack.
Flatlander, did you ever buy a rack? Any news to report on this? Could I possibly bother you for a measurement? I'm interested in knowing the distance from the top of the receiver hole to the bottom of the door. Thanks in advance!
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No, so far I have not bought a rack for the hitch. I've been off sick for a couple of day. Hopefully I can take that measurement in a day or 2.
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OK, the situation is this:

Bottom of the door to the top of the hole = 6"

However, this is a function of the hole size and how accurate the placement is. I think mine is close vertically, but I know it is off a bit horizontally. A more consistent measurement would be:

Bottom of the door to the inside top of the receiver = 6 3/4"

Where the receiver winds up is a function of where it falls on the crossmember that is added at the back. I don't know where the Curt Mfg. one would fall exactly, but I have heard that it's a knock-off of the MINI-Do-More.
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OK, the situation is this:

Bottom of the door to the top of the hole = 6"

However, this is a function of the hole size and how accurate the placement is. I think mine is close vertically, but I know it is off a bit horizontally. A more consistent measurement would be:

Bottom of the door to the inside top of the receiver = 6 3/4"

Where the receiver winds up is a function of where it falls on the crossmember that is added at the back. I don't know where the Curt Mfg. one would fall exactly, but I have heard that it's a knock-off of the MINI-Do-More.
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