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Old 12-06-2008, 02:55 PM   #1
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Bicycle on back of AS

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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Old 12-06-2008, 03:11 PM   #2
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We have a rack that lies on floor. Locks the front fork, and, the tandem rides in the AS hallway clean and dry.

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Old 12-06-2008, 03:19 PM   #3
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You are setting yourself up in the ultimate Airstream Catch-22.

rule #1: Thou must never attach a bicycle to the rear of thine Airstream. Verily ye will snapeth the frame in half.

rule #2: If thouest hath a Hensley Hitch, thou mayest ignoreth all other rules.

. . . so I don't know what the answer is. Maybe consult and Airstream attorney?
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Old 12-06-2008, 03:22 PM   #4
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Bike on the Back of the AS

From what I have been told that putting anything on the back of a longer AS is not a good thing. It has a tendency to separate the body from the frame. I have over the years put the bikes on the top of the TV and that seems to work the best.
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Old 12-06-2008, 04:28 PM   #5
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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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Scotty,

I spent quite a lot of time researching this very subject on the forum.

The result was not 100% conclusive, but I decided against it.

The reason I was interested is that our first AS, bought last Sept., and not really used by use yet, came with a 2" hitch receiver welded to the frame at the rear.

Seemed a great place to carry pur two mountain bikes.

So I checked on the forum.

While some people said they had done this without apparant problem, a whole lot more strongly suggested I not do it as they said it was sure to cause damage to the trailer. (separation of frame & body).

I'm still not entirely convinced - I tried putting our bike rack into the rear hitch and it seemed very solid indeed.

Nevertheless, in the end, I decided not to take a chance.

On Monday, I am having a 2" receiver put on the front of the truck and we will carry our bikes that way.

We have done this on our last truck for five years and it worked fine. I'm not sure it is 100% legal as it does block the headlights a little, but we've never been stopped for it.

You may wish to think about that option.

The hitch for our GMC 2500HD is costing $295 Can. installed.


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Old 12-06-2008, 04:36 PM   #6
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I have successfully put bikes and (carefully) a kayak inside.
I too have heard the horror stories about putting ANYTHING on the rear of the A/S. I have my doubts but am not willing to risk damage.
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Old 12-06-2008, 04:45 PM   #7
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I just have to say it is so cute that you ride with both your little dogs!
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Wouldn't be the same w/o Bea and Bailey. We are going to get a trailer, safer for all.
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Old 12-06-2008, 05:24 PM   #9
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The old airstreams, before 1984, had 4 inch high frames. Bike racks cracked or bent them everytime. You have a newer one with a 5 inch frame and it likely ok if the bike rack does not add signifigantly to the gross weight. A quick call to the factory will give you an answer whether or not it will invalidate you warrentee. That is the person I would trust. We put our bikes in the back of the truck or in the trailer. Much cleaner and safer. We usually use bungee cores to make sure they do not move around too much.
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Old 12-06-2008, 06:04 PM   #10
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You have heard all the naysayers that it is immoral, illegal, and fattening.

Now I have had my bikes on the rear of my trailer for years. Attached is a picture. The secret with this homemade rack is the straps that transfer the rotational load, that would twist the bumper, to the window frame. The bumper has no problem carrying the vertical load.

While my 2, and sometimes 4 including the grand kids smaller bikes, weigh as much if not more than you tandem my one question for you would be the overall length of the bike. You might have to take the wheels of to reduce the side to side overhang.
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Good idea, Howie. As far as the length, I will be taking front wheel off to mount using the drop-outs on fork. The length mounted is about 7'. If I am getting close enough to get it into trouble I have a lot more to worry about, with the AS as 8.5" I am hoping to use a receiver if it doesn't add to much weight, maybe on of the small ones.
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Front Hitch

After we purchased our new TV, a Sierra 2500 HD Diesel Crew I installed a front hitch. Works fine. My daughter is challenged so we have a 3-wheeled bike and a mountain bike on the rack. Visibility is not impeared. It can also be used to attach a basket frame in order to carry the 2 Honda 2100 gens we have. There is no weight concern.
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Old 12-06-2008, 06:45 PM   #13
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Thanks Dwight, sounds smart to me.
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Wouldn't be the same w/o Bea and Bailey. We are going to get a trailer, safer for all.
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I didn't see their helmets.....or did I miss that? Just kidding. pj
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