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Old 07-14-2012, 10:24 AM   #15
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Perrry, your concern about the rear bath has me thinking. When I backed La Tortuga onto my side yard, my partner said it almost scrapped dirt, so any additional weight would not help matters any.
Inside sounds like a good fallback until we decide what else to do.
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Old 07-14-2012, 06:51 PM   #16
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I expect your axels are bad and you have ground clearance issues.

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Old 07-15-2012, 08:44 AM   #17
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I expect your axels are bad and you have ground clearance issues.

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Nope, axels and bearings all check out. My property is higher than the street, hence the close call.
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Old 07-15-2012, 08:58 AM   #18
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Savage,

I put a receiver hitch on the front of my TV and slip a bike rack in there. Easy and fast to get the bike off for a ride.

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Old 07-15-2012, 09:29 AM   #19
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My suggestion is to go with the Fiamma bike rack and call it good. Though somewhat expensive, it is solid, looks great, and was engineered for the Airstream. I have not heard of anyone regretting going this route.
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Front mounting would expose the bikes to lots of debris and bugs not to mention the increased wind resistance. Except for the price, I like the mount over the propane tanks. We fabricate a lot of things, so this becomes my winter shop project.
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Old 07-16-2012, 08:03 AM   #21
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Front mounting would expose the bikes to lots of debris and bugs not to mention the increased wind resistance. Except for the price, I like the mount over the propane tanks. We fabricate a lot of things, so this becomes my winter shop project.

While discussing this issue with my bride, I had an epiphany. Why not make a rack to hold the bikes which will double as a rock shield, which will be removable.
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I have thought of making a rock shield like that but without the bike carrier. No reason it can't work. Just don't get too carried away with making it too heavy.

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I know this would not suite all, but we got folding bikes and carry them folded, in bags the wife made, in the back of the TV. Espresso | Dahon Global
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I have thought of making a rock shield like that but without the bike carrier. No reason it can't work. Just don't get too carried away with making it too heavy.

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The major factor with a tongue mounted carrier would be the additional weight on the tongue.
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On the tongue is the best place for additional weight, in my opinion. Far better place for extra weight than the rear of the trailer.
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On the tongue is the best place for additional weight, in my opinion. Far better place for extra weight than the rear of the trailer.
Yes, much better than the rear bumper. It will ride better, easier on the trailer, and much cleaner for the bikes, IMHO. And, if the weight is significant, it can be compensated for with the WD hitch.
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My stock 2011 FC22FB is tongue-heavy, at 785 lbs, which is 14% of normal trailer towing weight. As an experiment, I stood on the rear bumper while weighing the trailer on scales, and my 180 lbs brought the tongue weight to 655 lbs, or 12%. With adequate chassis mounting, I see no problem with adding 100 lbs or less to the rear, such as the Fiamma Airstream bike rack is designed to do.
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I had the new AS bicycle rack installed at the Airstream factory in Jackson Center.
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