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Old 02-11-2014, 07:03 AM   #29
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The stresses of a rear load are not just vertical. If you watch another unit going down the road, the bouncing (moment arm) load is more of an arc. Like if you grabbed the top of the bike and pulled toward you at a 45* downward vector. The Fiamma, because of its upper shell mount, quiets this motion and tends to distribute the loads to the shell and frame somewhat equally. It also prevents the loose bouncing motion, which reduces moment arm forces dramatically.
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Old 02-11-2014, 10:45 AM   #30
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So, it's not so much the actual weight, but motion induced stresses, I guess. With a receiver and hitch mount rack, you could solve that with some braces but that doesn't alleviate what might happen with some other device in the receiver.

I think, by the time I buy and mount a hitch and buy a good bike rack I'll be pretty close to the cost of the Fiamma if I install it myself and I think I can do that. Given all the satisfied owners, I guess I'm sold.

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Old 02-11-2014, 07:16 PM   #31
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Ok - had a moment of brilliance during lunch :-)

Those t-nuts (or blind nuts - though honestly, I don't understand the difference) could be the answer. Instead of Velcro to connect the boards to the couch plywood, I could permanently mount the fork clamp to the 12"x29.5" boards and connect the boards to the couch with those t-nuts (I'm guessing 6-8 around the perimeter). It would take a couple minutes to connect and disconnect, be more stable and leave no "bump" under the sofa cushion when not in use.

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Old 02-11-2014, 09:01 PM   #32
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You only need two thumb screws into the blind nuts. Along the other edge, permanently attach a c channel that the plywood slides in to.
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Old 03-14-2014, 03:23 PM   #33
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Greetings,

Is anyone aware of an installation of a bike rack inside the AS? There is room right in front of the couch for three bikes in my rig. I'm thinking of something that pops in and out. I'm considering an extra fuel tank in my truck bed and that means no hauling bicycles back there. A bike rack on the front of the TV isn't an option.
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Old 03-14-2014, 04:39 PM   #34
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This is exactly what we use. It's a double stand, we take the table down and the bike rack fits there, a couple of bungies to help eliminate any movement and done. Once at the camp site the self standing bike rack is put out side and the bikes are locked there until use. $30.00 try Racor PBS two bike floor bike stand
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Old 03-15-2014, 07:32 AM   #35
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I once saw a family who fashioned 2x4s that were attached to the induce ceiling but were removable. They screwed in those garage rafter style hooks enough to hold all their bikes. They used Velcro straps to keep seat in check. The idea seemed great.... until I thought of wanting to use the space while traveling. It would be a pain to load and unload just to eat lunch IR tale a nap.
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Old 03-16-2014, 06:04 PM   #36
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This is exactly what we use. It's a double stand, we take the table down and the bike rack fits there, a couple of bungies to help eliminate any movement and done. Once at the camp site the self standing bike rack is put out side and the bikes are locked there until use. $30.00 try Racor PBS two bike floor bike stand
Great idea - I wonder if two sets, for front and rear tires, would add to stability? I have 3 adult-size bikes to haul - I hope I can find a quality three slot.
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There is a 3 bike model available. I think you would have to put one in with the rear forward and it's 48" wide.. but it might work depending on the room you have.

We like ours as it still gives full access to the bathroom, frig/cook top, and we have the gaucho to rest /eat on while bikes are still in the trailer
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Pictures please, I'm intrigued by this solution!
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I have often thought of making a very sturdy custom rack out of Zip Dee parts. It would be lightweight, strong, and match the awning structure. I think it would be very inexpensive as well.
Personally I think the Fiamma thing looks awful and even worse on older trailers.... it simply is an afterthought!
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I have often thought of making a very sturdy custom rack out of Zip Dee parts. It would be lightweight, strong, and match the awning structure. I think it would be very inexpensive as well.
Personally I think the Fiamma thing looks awful and even worse on older trailers.... it simply is an afterthought!
Say more! What are you thinking?
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I'm thinking of something that mounts to the ribs in the rear.
Something that mounts to both shell and chassis. It would use all the telescopic parts of the awning as well as the locking wheels and mounts.
I think ill fab one up this month. Post pic after....
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Ok. I'm going to do something different. Been talking to a carpenter friend and think I've improved on the idea mentioned earlier in the thread. Will post pics of that too. Lots of options!
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