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Old 09-02-2019, 07:51 PM   #1
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1928 Excella 500 - rear receiver (for bike rack)?

Here's what I'd like to do - somehow fabricate and weld in a rear receiver hitch on my 1978 Excella 500 31' trailer, so that I can put in a bike rack on the rear. I don't like the idea of attaching a rear bike rack to the back shell ribs (she's old and doesn't need any more holes drilled in her). I was wondering if anyone has put together a receiver hitch on an older Airstream and what things you ran into while doing so.

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Old 09-02-2019, 07:59 PM   #2
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I contemplated the same, but decided against it. A bike or two bouncing on the end of the frame probably won't do the trailer any favors.
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Old 09-02-2019, 08:32 PM   #3
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she's old and doesn't need any more holes drilled in her

1928?! Id say shes old!

Im sorry, I just couldnt resist. If not me some other numbskull would have done it.

Ive thought about this also for my 90 Excella. It would certainly be secure if mounted on the frame. But would handling be affected with the leverage of that weight so far back there?
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The '70's trailers already had "rear end seperation" problems without addding more weight. Purchase one of the bike racks that mount above the propane tanks and you will have no problems. JMHO.
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Here’s a video of a beautifully designed solution:

https://youtu.be/Zzpwm7fVZts

The only question is weight.
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Yeah, saw that. Not really an option for the 78 though. Rear bumper area and storage compartment isn't set up like that 90's trailer in that video.
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The '70's trailers already had "rear end seperation" problems without addding more weight. Purchase one of the bike racks that mount above the propane tanks and you will have no problems. JMHO.
Any recommendations on which brand for the above tank racks?
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I have almost an identical hitch system on my 25' ,1993 Excella.
I didn't personally do it , it was that way when I bought the trailer 3 years ago.
I carried 2 bikes to Alaska ,8000 miles R/T , no problem with the hitch .
I do highly recommend the style bike rack in the video, one that you can tighten down to the receiver with no wobble.
I just returned weeks ago from another 4,000 mile trip to the NW, again no problems , I don't notice any difference towing whatsoever.

I'm sure someone is going to cringe , but , I have towed a 16' RIB Zodiac with a 90hp outboard (Total about 2000lbs) with no problems. I did hold down to 60mph. Travelled about 150 miles R/T, that was on freeway and up hill ,down hill and windy 2-lanes , to Lake Mead ,NV.
I'm not recommending or suggesting you try it , but it worked for me.
My Truck is a Ram 1500, Ecodiesel. The extra load didn't phase it.

I am ready for the flack.......
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Camping world has a couple of mounts that go over the propane tanks, the Bike Bunk is one. Check out their website. Chris
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