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Old 12-07-2008, 12:09 PM   #29
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...makes it just a static vertical load.

We carry quite a quantity of collected fossils under the bed and I am sure Airstream Customer Service would say this is a bad idea also.
First, Howie, a solid bike rack inserted into a 2" reciever welded to the frame doesn't have the rotational component. It still has the vertical load that causes the frame to flex more than it was designed to flex.

Regarding your fossils (which, BTW, brings rocks scene from The Long, Long Trailer immediately to mind) aside from the added weight issues, that's probably not a big deal since the load isn't cantilevered off the end of the frame. That load, located between the axles and the end of the frame really doesn't have the "moment of inertia arc" that the cantilevered bikes do.

In the case of your rack, tying the rack to the shell AND the frame is probably as good an idea as any as you are using the shell as well as the frame to carry the weight. I still wouldn't recommend carrying bikes on the back of an Airstream, but if you have to do it, your method is probably the least damaging.

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I would also like to know the answer to this apparent problem on a regular AS
Allen, which problem are you asking about?

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Thanks to all. Your input and knowledge is appreciated by this newbie.
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Old 12-07-2008, 12:46 PM   #32
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My bike weighs less than the sewer hose in the storage box, but they say not to cantelever any weight on a Airstream...so it goes on top the Suburban..
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I and the Princess, ride a tandem bicycle, weighs about 65 lbs. Any experience advice on the issue would be greatly appreciated. We would rather not carry it on top of TV because of height.
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We carry our two tandems in the bed of our covered pickup using a fork bed mount attached aft. As our tandems are worth more than a lot of new cars I wouldn't think of subjecting them to the elements on an outside mount.
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My bike weighs less than the sewer hose in the storage box...
The shipping weight of a Camco sewer hose is 3 lbs according to Amazon.com. Wow! If your bike is really that light, it's gotta be worth as much or more as your trailer! I'm pretty sure you don't want to leave it out in the elements either, 'cause somebody'll steal your whole rig just to get the bike!

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Who has time for all this exercise stuff anyway? I'm in it for the leisure activities like Flamingo watching and margarita mixing competitions.

Just kidding. Though we don't bike, we do hike, snow ski, and are currently looking for a couple of touring kayaks. We put the gear in the AS when we can so it is out of sight and the weather. If it's too big to go inside we put it in the truck bed, or on a roof rack.

I have a bike nut friend who would never put his bike on ther rear of his truck. He dosen't trust other drivers and dosen't want someone smashing his bikes.

As for the route others choose...To each their own.
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Due to liability I would not expect the factory to have any other answer than the one given to SilverTwinkie. If the factory wanted to they could bless this whole thing by redesigning the trailers and offering a bike rack option. Since there is no past or present option I can not see the factory blessing anyone else's non-Airstream parts.

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Rear bicycle mount

I got a flyer in the mail today from an Airstream dealer advertizing a rear bike rack endorsed by Airstream. It is manufactured by a company called Fiamma. It looks like it supports the weight against the vertical body panel instead of the bumprer. It also looks very home buildable out of PVC pipe. Can we PULEEZE put this to bed now?
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I got a flyer in the mail today from an Airstream dealer advertizing a rear bike rack endorsed by Airstream. It is manufactured by a company called Fiamma. It looks like it supports the weight against the vertical body panel instead of the bumprer. It also looks very home buildable out of PVC pipe. Can we PULEEZE put this to bed now?
You wake up a three year old thread and beg to put it to bed????? And throw out a "build it out of PVC" statement??? And talk about how the weight is supported???

This thread has more info.
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Take inch and a quarter PVC schedule 40 and run a 7/8" closet pole inside and it becomes a rigid structure that can accommodate bolts, eye bolts, etc. Still light weight and CHEAP.
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I wasn't saying it can't be done, just that it seems like a topic that could generate a lot of comment- like putting weight on a rear bumper. These questions might be too tantalizing to put the discussion to bed.
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OK OK lets not put it to bed. I'm a mechanical engineer and was only commenting from my perspective that this looks like a very doable bike fix, even if you buy one. We take our bikes everywhere so this is important to us.
Wayne&Sam, I went to the thread you suggested and it is indeed more informative. I hope to see one soon. I didn't mean to open up a can of worms but Denis is right, PVC with a wood core is more than enough to structually support this kind of weight. I might try to build one. I'll post some pics if I do
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....... I might try to build one. I'll post some pics if I do
And create a new thread if you decide to share. Because this thread was asleep. It will help new users to under stand what you have done with reading through 40 posts.

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