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Old 07-17-2015, 08:32 PM   #1
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front mount trailor hitches and bike racks

Sorry if this is repetitive. I have been searching this forum about front mounted trailor hitches that I can mount a factory bike rack on. We have a 27' Eddie Bauer. I found the Stromberg Carlson Bike Bunk Trailer-Mounted Bike Rack Carrier for A-Frame Trailers (Stromberg Carlson Bike Bunk Trailer-Mounted Bike Rack Carrier for A-Frame Trailers - 2"-100 lbs Stromberg Carlson Trailer Cargo Control CC-275), but have seen mixed reviews about how if might work with my trailor with the propane tanks, sway bar mounts, etc. worried if there is enough room. I saw a Canadian brand mentioned that looked perhaps better, but can't seem to find it again. If anyone has advice or opinions, but let me know.

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Old 07-18-2015, 04:36 PM   #2
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if your looking for the Canadian model here is a link.

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Andy at Canam RV also sells this kind modified to fit on the back of the AS I believe. Take a look at his web site if you want to go that route.

I'm also interested in this rack and am considering getting it for the front rather than the back since I already find the rear fold down door on my Classic to be in the way when I'm trying to get things out of the rear hatch. But I'm hesitant since I don't want to loose opening my front window.
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Old 07-18-2015, 05:13 PM   #3
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here is an online company which sells on both sides of the border.

Arvika Airstream Travel Trailer Bracket - 7000 Series - Black - www.racksforcars.com
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Old 07-20-2015, 09:12 PM   #4
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Thanks, Arvika is who I was looking for. Not sure the $100 above the etrailor equivalent rack price is worth it, but I will likely let you know.
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Old 07-21-2015, 12:04 PM   #5
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Put a receiver hitch on the front of your TV and insert a bike rack. Works great and you'll know it, for sure, if the bikes fall off! The receiver is also useful for a step installation for working under the hood, etc. Less expensive than the AS mounted racks as well. Just throwing it out there for you ...
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Old 07-21-2015, 12:14 PM   #6
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Put a receiver hitch on the front of your TV and insert a bike rack. Works great and you'll know it, for sure, if the bikes fall off! The receiver is also useful for a step installation for working under the hood, etc. Less expensive than the AS mounted racks as well. Just throwing it out there for you ...
This is the most logical solution I have found to date! Thanks!

I bought and returned a Stromberg Carlson rack. It was heavy and required another bike rack anyway, since what it basically does is provide a receiver hitch above the LP tanks. The whole thing got kind of tall, and the tanks and hitch compounded the loading of the bikes. That, and I was concened about crushing my expensive carbon bikes against the Expedition while backing and turning.
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Old 07-21-2015, 12:20 PM   #7
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After my Fiamma rack failed (not tough enough for electric bikes) I had a receiver mounted on the front of my F150. Will use Thule T2 rack for two electric bikes. Heading out tomorrow for a one month adventure. Will report back on how this set up works!
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Old 07-21-2015, 12:29 PM   #8
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+1 for the front mounted hitch. See the pic and read my post.

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With a bike rack on front, does it interfere with your headlights when driving at night?

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With a bike rack on front, does it interfere with your headlights when driving at night?

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I installed a front mount trailer hitch and put the bike rack on the front. I removed the seats from the bikes for three reasons. 1). To protect the seats from bugs, road rash, and weather. 2). To ensure that they did not block the head lights. I also use the driving light that are factory installed below the front bumper to make sure I have sufficient lighting. 3). To make sure my field of view/vision is not obstructed. So far, it's worked well and not loss of MPG's. Good luck.
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Old 07-21-2015, 01:12 PM   #11
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Another option

I had the rear mount Fiamma on our last Airstream which worked fine for light bikes. Our mountain bikes were approaching its limit.

Had the front hitch on a previous truck. If you place the bikes carefully you can avoid most of the headlight interference. Some people say its blocks too much of the radiator intake but I have never had any overheating issues.

Our best bike solution is on our new airstream where we use a pickup tailgate pad. Simple and can hold four bikes.
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The front receiver hitch plan is not exactly cheap when looking at an F-250 Super Duty. $450 for the receiver, $ 200 for the bike rack, throw away factory fog lights and $ 800 worth of Westin stainless grill guard. The rear mount Fiamma rack seems to be the only game in town in our case.
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Roof-top rack (and a step stool) is pretty easy unless the bikes are too heavy.
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The front receiver hitch plan is not exactly cheap when looking at an F-250 Super Duty. $450 for the receiver, $ 200 for the bike rack, throw away factory fog lights and $ 800 worth of Westin stainless grill guard. The rear mount Fiamma rack seems to be the only game in town in our case.
Curt hitches on EBay are going for about $150, might be able to keep grill guard and lights from the look of it.



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