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Old 05-04-2012, 07:07 AM   #29
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That, I Suspect would be a bigger issue, as it affects safety. I could see tickets for that one.
I always used a bike cover on my old SOB, but the lights were far enough apart that they weren't covered. With the AS, I think it would've been a problem. That's why I went with the Arvika Tongue rack.

I just hate cleaning up the bikes when carried without a cover.

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Guess I've just been lucky - been carrying bikes on the front of our two vehicles for 15 years and never a problem (yet!) with law enforcement.

When I first started doing it I was a bit nervous about the legality, but over the years I have had so many police cars approach me, pass me, drive in front of me, and so far none have chosen to take exception.

Technically I'm sure you could make an issue that carrying bikes up front blocks lights to some extent, and also I suppose visibility. I can see the handlebars and seats just barely sticking up above the line of the hood.

I actually like that because I can always confirm that the bikes are riding properly up there and not coming loose on the rack!


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Old 05-04-2012, 07:42 AM   #30
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Guess I've just been lucky - been carrying bikes on the front of our two vehicles for 15 years and never a problem (yet!) with law enforcement.

When I first started doing it I was a bit nervous about the legality, but over the years I have had so many police cars approach me, pass me, drive in front of me, and so far none have chosen to take exception.

Technically I'm sure you could make an issue that carrying bikes up front blocks lights to some extent, and also I suppose visibility. I can see the handlebars and seats just barely sticking up above the line of the hood.

I actually like that because I can always confirm that the bikes are riding properly up there and not coming loose on the rack!


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Yup, once again, it's pretty much up to the discretion of the individual LEO. Unless you're really obscuring the lighting (HLs and TL/BLs) like with a solid bike bag cover, they pretty much leave RVers alone.
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Old 08-17-2012, 09:26 AM   #31
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Relocating a license plate to the rear window frame

Open the rear window. Mark where you want to drill two holes on the inside frame. Drill two holes and then screw the license plate to the window frame. Close the rear window.

We have towed our AS for 40,000 miles in the past 6 years and have never been stopped for not having a light but one could be easily installed.
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Old 03-10-2013, 08:39 PM   #32
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Adding a license plate frame to my back rack

I have the new bike rack installed on the back of my airstream. I am concerned that in the current location, that I could get pulled over for blocking the plate.

I just bought a license plate frame with a LED light that I am going to mount on the bike rack.

I want to wire it with some sort of quick disconnect connection to the existing license light.

Anybody have any ideas on what would work best?

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Old 03-15-2013, 01:31 PM   #33
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Bike rack license plate bracket with LED light

I will post the pictures in a couple of weeks after I get the parts and fabricate the license plate bracket.

I purchased a LED license plate bracket, a 12v Remote control rechargeable battery (like for a RC Car) and a battery charger.

I am going to mount the bracket on the bike rack, with a quick disconnect for the wire connection. I am going to keep the battery box in the rear bumper.

The battery is relatively small, and is often used on dirt bikes to light license plates, horn and turn signals.


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Old 03-15-2013, 02:55 PM   #34
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I am confused over the concern with the bikes blocking the license plates; there are hundreds of thousands of receiver-type racks and bumper racks on passenger cars and trucks throughout the country, and are not a problem. Most of the bike racks out there are rear mounted racks.

Technically, you can get a ticket if your license plate is obscured, As a practical matter, it does not seem to be a priority. I called our local bike shop and he said that he has never heard of anyone getting a ticket for obscuring the license plate because of a bike rack.

Having the rack on the back of a trailer is no different than having the bike on the back of a vehicle, IMHO.

I have used a Thule receiver bike rack for 15 years, and now have the Fiamma rack on the Airstream. I will continue to live on the edge of the law and use it.
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Steamy1, I feel the same as you, is this a solution to a problem which doesn't exist? I do have an Airstream Bike Rack installed by the dealer on my trailer and the two major problems I found, assuming the dealer installed the rack correctly are:

1. My rear storage door would not open fully, fixed when I picked up the trailer by asking them to drill another mounting hole.

2. And more important when the longer holding arm is on the top of the rack the back window can't open fully it hits the mount. The rear window of the trailer is the emergency exit, if you slide the arm to the side all is ok. Think about this when you move your plate. I may move mine as I can see it being an issue if the Police are looking for a reason to pull you over would like to hear from anyone who has this happen.

Not all trailers are the same, just check your emergency exits.
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Old 03-15-2013, 03:22 PM   #36
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Tom, is there a storage compartment in the rear of the 27' FB? I grabbed power for my rear view camera from the compartment light. Tapped the hot side and added a connector to a pig tail, just plug in the camera to the pigtail when I hit the road, don't even use a switch. BTW I had the camera mounted on the bike rack which was when I discovered the problem with the window hitting the bike rack. On my previous trailer I powered the camera from the existing license plate light, turning on the lights turned on the camera.
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Old 03-15-2013, 03:59 PM   #37
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Jim,
Thanks for the alert on opening the rear emergency window. I will certainly take a look at this when I retrieve the trailer out of storage and load the bikes. I think it will be fine if I position the inside bike with the handlebars on the left.

I am able to fully open the storage door, and even put my two 5-gallon water containers in there. Not quite as convenient as without the rack, but livable.

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I have the same bike rack on my 23' International. 1) In all my years ( Older than Dirt) of carrying bikes on the back of my cars and trucks with a wide variety of plate obscuring racks, and now my AS I have never been stopped because of an obscured license plate. 2) However, I guess as we get older we get more careful so, while recently in the US to avoid any possibility of hassle I removed the plate and stuck it on the inside of my back window with suction ccups where it is readily and easily seen.
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