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Old 12-03-2010, 05:24 PM   #1
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I would like to take my bike with me when I tow (2006 Tunda) but everything I read here says "DO NOT" put the bike on the back of the Airstream. Sooooo, anybody have a suggestion as to where to put the bicycle? I have tried:

1. in the back of the truck --takes up too much space

2. in the camper--caused some damage plus we love to stop while traveling and cook, etc.

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Old 12-03-2010, 05:37 PM   #2
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Bike rack on front bumper, or on top of bed cover?
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Old 12-03-2010, 05:55 PM   #3
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Not sure about your floor space, but I bought 2 of those front fork clamps and mounted them on a board about 3' long. I simply place the bikes in the board mount. Bungee the rear wheels together, and kinda wedge them in place in the front of the AS by the couch. Protect everything by draping blankets over them. In an emergency situation, I'm sure they would move around, but I haven't devised a suitable clamp down to the floor without damaging the carpet or walls. Front wheels go in the bed of the truck.
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Old 12-03-2010, 06:02 PM   #4
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There is a thread on here somewhere with a carrier that mounts over the propane tanks.
Hopefully someone will post it. Dave
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Old 12-03-2010, 06:42 PM   #5
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If you use the bike fork fixtures that clamp on the side of the bed instead of the type with the bar across the bed you can save a some bed space ( I have a blue boy and spare in the bed of my 01 Tundra when I camp). If you have really nice bikes, Saris makes really good mount that uses a receiver hitch to mount. You would have to mount a receiver in the front of your truck, but they are available. My son worked at a bike shop all thru high school and college. He installed every type of rack. He bought the Saris and so did I. We have hauled bikes 1000's of miles with not problem, plus they keep the bikes from getting beaten up. They are not cheap but if you have expensive bikes it will be worth it. CycleOn Pro
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Old 12-03-2010, 06:43 PM   #6
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Hitch receiver mounted on the front of out tow vehicle to accept a bike rack has worked out very well for us - had one installed on our last three tow vehicles.

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(Our trailer - bought used - came with a 2" hitch receiver welded to the frame at the rear, I removed it.)
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Old 12-03-2010, 06:47 PM   #7
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Hitch receiver mounted on the front of out tow vehicle tp accept a bike rack has worked out very well for us - had one installed on our last three tow vehicles.

Brian.

(Our trailer - bought used - came with a 2" hitch receiver welded to the frame at teh rear, I removed it.)
I just HATE cleaning the bugs out of every nook and cranny. A cover blocks my vision too much.
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Old 12-03-2010, 08:50 PM   #8
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I just HATE cleaning the bugs out of every nook and cranny. A cover blocks my vision too much.
Well I must admit that our mountain bikes are certainly not up to the standards of serious bike enthusiasts, so for us, its not a big issue - If I feel up to it I might hose them down after a long trip but that' s about it!


Nevertheless, they have served us well and have crossed the continent umpteen times - albeit not by pedal power!


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Old 12-03-2010, 09:11 PM   #9
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We carry 2 bikes in the back of our 95 suburban. By taking the outside pedal off and turning the handles bars 90 degrees they fit into the homemade bracket quite securely. the tie down holds the bracket in place and handle bars clear the rear window with the backseat upright.
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I like to travel with my bike and found the perfect rack solution with Top Pop rails from Arvika (Arvika). Although not particularly cheap, they are top quality and very versatile - depending upon the length of the rail, you can accommodate any type or style of bike (my recumbent bicycle has a 64" wheelbase - too long for most "standard" racks) and depending upon the number of rails that you bolt on the rack, you can carry up to four bikes. I have attached the rack above the propane tanks up front - it rides high & safe and does not interfere with my hitch in any way. The best part is that the whole rack can be lifted off (it is held by a couple of pins) and attached to the rear of my tow vehicle for when I am parked at the campground and ready to drive to a trail head somewhere. Anyway, check it out - Arvika is a Canadian company but I'm sure that they have distributors in the US.

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Old 12-05-2010, 04:36 PM   #11
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They make a rack that will fit on or above the receiver. I have a double receiver that I use with cargo trailers, but it has a 4000# weight limit.

Quite a few of us use folding bikes that can fold down close to large suitcase size.

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We alway bring our bikes in the back bed of my dodge pickup.....My mundo will carry up to 400 lbs of cargo.... which means I could hook up my trailer to the Mundo bike and re-create a certain famous old photo. Trex "May Wally be with you."


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Old 12-05-2010, 06:04 PM   #13
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saw a bike rack on a Airstream that carried one bike crossways in front of the trailer and behind the propane tanks. Neat installation. The owner said he bought it from a sports store, but I do not know which one.
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I cover my bed with a painters drop cloth to protect it and lay the bike on the bed when I travel. Has worked well so far.
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