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Old 01-20-2012, 10:32 AM   #113
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AS Bike Rack

When we were taking delivery of our AS, I asked the dealer about mounting a bike rack on the rear aluminum bumper. He said don't do it; the bumper itself is not strong enough to handle the torque. Instead, he said mount--weld or bolt-- the receiver hitch cross bar to the two steel chassis extensions that are just below the bumper.

You might look into this approach.
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Old 01-20-2012, 10:44 AM   #114
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When we were taking delivery of our AS, I asked the dealer about mounting a bike rack on the rear aluminum bumper. He said don't do it; the bumper itself is not strong enough to handle the torque. Instead, he said mount--weld or bolt-- the receiver hitch cross bar to the two steel chassis extensions that are just below the bumper.

You might look into this approach.
The steel chassis extensions are the same thing as the bumper as far as the construction is concerned.

The shell is where the strength is, NOT the frame.

That dealer needs to learn more about Airstream's construction, and quit the guess work. It's monocoque, which means "load bearing shell."

The shell supports the frame and the bumper as well.

Sorry.

The new style bike rack, also attaches to the shell, which is a giant step in the right direction.

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Old 01-20-2012, 10:50 AM   #115
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Andy,
Do you like the design of the Fiamma bike rack?
Absolutely.

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Old 01-20-2012, 11:49 AM   #116
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Thanks, Andy. I appreciate your input. Great to hear that there's finally a well designed bike rack solution available. Now if I can find somebody around here to install one.
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Old 03-02-2012, 12:10 PM   #117
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Just announced - Airstream is now selling a bike rack for International's & Safari's ( no Classic's) that mount on the Airstreams rear body & bumper!

Check it out on their web site!
I hope Airstream paid Andy Thomson a decent royalty....I've been using his design since we got our Safari 4 years ago ... everything is rock solid and it works great!




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Old 03-18-2012, 07:41 PM   #118
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Bike rack

Please check out the Airstream website: They now offer a bike rack that mount at the rear on the frame and body. What happened to the major no-no? Mounting a hitch receiver between the frame members and then using a bike rack works fine for many Airstreamers. The reason for Airstream's position is they don't want a hitch receiver installed because someone might tow another trailer behind the Airstream. That would stress out the frame. The new option avoids that potential liability but is clumsy and in the way. But bicycle weight in that location is not a problem.
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Old 03-28-2012, 11:07 AM   #119
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One heck of an ending to this ongoing debate by airstream huh?
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:48 AM   #120
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Your bike rack idea should work fine. That is what I have done as have other friends. Can you imagine a vehicle with a gross weight rating of 7,000 plus having a frame that can't handle 50 lbs. on the back? An Airstream trailer has 90% of its weight below the floor. The frame is very strong. The shell provides stiffening to the structure, but not significant load bearing. Airstream's position is no doubt written by lawyers, worried about damage caused by towing another trailer behind. This leads some to assume engineers had a say in this position. Have fun! Ron
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Anyone ever consider mounting something on the tongue, maybe behind the propane tanks and in front of the window/shell itself?

Seems like having bikes mounted on the back in the way of the bumper storage and the rear compartment would be a bit of a pain for regular travel.
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A forum member a while back had a pic of such a set-up...
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Anyone ever consider mounting something on the tongue, maybe behind the propane tanks and in front of the window/shell itself?

Seems like having bikes mounted on the back in the way of the bumper storage and the rear compartment would be a bit of a pain for regular travel.

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It is an Arvika rack....I think MOJO has one as well.
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Andy Rogozinski sounds like a ol' Norton loadmaster!
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If someone only made a hitch that could be mounted upon the back of the airstream - then individuals could use the same bike rack for their TV when not towing and for the Trailer when towing.....

Love me new Thule bike rack - gonna suck to have to buy another... ;(
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Do you need to disassemble the rack to open the window once the bikes are removed?
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