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Old 08-19-2012, 04:40 PM   #1
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Hi folks. We are brand new Airstreamers. Just bought a 2007 Classic 27FB in immaculate condition. We are also cyclists (sort of) and want to take our bikes with us. Does anyone use the expensive Airstream rack or something different? Thanks. Hope to see you on the road. Dana & Candacw
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Old 08-19-2012, 04:53 PM   #2
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Check this thread about it, near the end there is someone not happy with the mounting system for the Classic.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f206...ers-86424.html
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Old 08-19-2012, 06:21 PM   #3
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Check out a company called Arvika.ca. The are located in Canada and make a bike rack that mounts over the propane tanks. We bought one five years ago and have been very happy with it. It is expensive, but I think you'll find it competitive with the new rack offered by Airstream. There has also been much written about not mounting a receiver on the rear bumper of Airstreams to to the weight forces created when under way. Good luck with whatever you find ....... and the new Airstream.
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:50 PM   #4
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Smile re bike racks

our family is avid bikers. since we needed to mount 4 bikes in total, we have put an arvika rack on the front and the new "official airstream" rack on the back.

the arvika rack is very nice, albeit you have to climb up on the hitch to put on the bikes, so you have to have a decent sense of balance to achieve that. also, you will have to take the unit down if you want to open up the front windows (but who does that, anyways?...). our dealer made a small modification to the arvika rack to improve stability when loaded up and reduce the chance of the handles banging against the windows during transit (basically, added an extra connection point on the front of the propane tank). and because it is on the front, the bikes are more susceptible to getting plastered with bugs during trips (yuk). also, i feel it probably does impact our fuel efficiency very slightly by disrupting the smooth flow of air over the trailer.

on the airstream rack, we put the 2 kids bikes, and unbelievably during the first weekend, the rack bent/deflected...our dealer is looking into the fix and hopefully we'll have it solved for us at the end of the season when we take it back in for storage. this rack makes it much more difficult to access the rear storage compartment, but we considered it a necessary compromise in order to have all 4 bikes along for our family.

hope the info helps...happy trails!
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Old 08-23-2012, 08:58 AM   #5
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:12 AM   #6
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What type of TV do you have. I put my wife and my bike on the roof of the Sequoia and the kids bike go on a blanket on the front bed for now... I plan on building my own rack for either the front or rear of the AS. I re-inforced my frame, so the rear is an option. But if you happen to follow anyone with bikes on the back of any trailer, you will notice how much they bounce. Due to this, I am reconsidering the back option.. Even though my frame could take the weight..
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:24 AM   #7
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My tv is a 2088 Suburban 2500. I do have to use a step up to be able to lift the bikes onto the rack. I think you are correct about the stresses on the rear of the Airstream when using a rear bumper mount.
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Old 08-29-2012, 08:22 PM   #8
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You don't mention your TV... we put a front receiver on the truck and use a receiver rack, the two together were about $225 on the web. There is usually a MC in the truck bed.
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For the time being we are putting the bikes in the bed of the truck along with the campfire wood.
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Old 10-17-2012, 09:31 PM   #10
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:48 PM   #11
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I put a 2" front end receiver hitch on our f-150 when we got it in 2003. Been carring 2 bikes in a rack where the tires ride in heavy wire oval loops. Works out great.
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I put my wife and my bike on the roof of the Sequoia and the kids bike go on a blanket on the front bed for now...
How did you convince your wife to ride on the roof of the car?
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:09 AM   #13
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We purchased the Airstream bike rack when we bought our International in March. It almost always has two adult bicycles on it and we could not be happier! Our bikes have been to Ohio and back and all over New England with no problems. Yes it makes rear storage access more difficult but not impossible.
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We also have the Airstream bike rack on our International and we love it. It holds two adult bikes.
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