Originally Posted by mikeandnora
I just really don't want our bikes to go on the front or inside or top of tv.
Not arguing, just wondering what your reason is for not wanting the bikes on the front of the TV?
I'm guessing maybe you have a smaller TV rather than a truck, or perhaps you have very expensive bikes and feel that they may get dirtier up front? Other?
We have found that for us at least, it works very well indeed. Done it fpr the last 12 years.
One other advantage is that having them up front allows me to keep an eye on them.
We did have one incident where this paid off........
I have the height of the rack adjusted so I can just see the top of the seats and a bit of the handlebars poking above the hood line - not enough to be a distraction but enough for me to keep an eye on them.
On one trip, I noticed while driving that the handlebars of my wifes bike had vanished from sight.
We pulled over right away and I found that the temporary clip-on cross bar that you use to allow a women's bike to be clamped into a bike rack had somehow come unclipped and allowed the front of her bike to drop down. The front wheel was riding about an inch off the asphalt and looked like it had already "touched down" a few times! It was being held there only by a very much stretched bungee cord!
Had the bikes been on the back of the trailer we would have known nothing of this situation - at the least we would most likely have lost a front bike tire and maybe worse!
I do feel more comfortable with the bikes up front. If anyone is gong to run over them it will be me not some poor soul in a "Smart" car!
Also I don't have to worry about who is right and who is wrong regarding teh rear separation debate!
I will say however that when we toured the AS plant when we first bought our used 2005 trailer - which came with a 2" hitch receiver on the rear - I asked the gent who was giving us the tour. His own opinion was that carrying two bikes on our year, size, and model of AS would not present a problem. His comment was that when people start hanging motorcycles or heavy generators on the back is when damage can be caused.
Perhaps it is not so much an issue with newer models?
I don't believe that is the AS "official" position though and if I recall, the manual that came with our trailer said not to do it.
I decided that discretion was the better part of valor and to play it on the safe side and heed the voices of experience!
I'm sure the debate will continue!
Good luck with whatever arrangement you select!