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Old 06-28-2015, 02:24 PM   #15
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Custom Airstream Receiver

Woodland Travel Center in Grand Rapids, MI makes custom receivers for Airstreams. They are the oldest Airstream dealer in the US and only sell airstreams so they know what they are doing. Can-Am in London, Ontario also makes custom receivers for Airstreams. I just got a 2015 International 25 from Woodland and had them but on a receiver. It looks like it came from Airstream and is very solid. I use a KUAT Sherpa bike rack which is the best I have ever used. It's all aluminum with many CNC parts. Quality is top notch and it tips back with the bikes on for access to the rear of the trailer. My previous Airstream had the Fiamma rack and I have to say it is worthless. Not only is the quality pretty bad, bikes don't fit without hitting each other.
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Old 06-28-2015, 03:08 PM   #16
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beetlebob,

I too am interested in going with a small receiver for adding a bike rack. From the Can-AM catalog, I found this this frame mounted receiver: https://www.go-rv.com/coast/do/catal...03&pageNum=655. I'm guessing that a frame mounted one would be better than a bumper mounted receiver. Any other ideas for frame mounted receivers??
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Old 06-28-2015, 07:39 PM   #17
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Woodland Travel Center in Grand Rapids, MI makes custom receivers for Airstreams. They are the oldest Airstream dealer in the US and only sell airstreams so they know what they are doing. Can-Am in London, Ontario also makes custom receivers for Airstreams. I just got a 2015 International 25 from Woodland and had them but on a receiver. It looks like it came from Airstream and is very solid. I use a KUAT Sherpa bike rack which is the best I have ever used. It's all aluminum with many CNC parts. Quality is top notch and it tips back with the bikes on for access to the rear of the trailer. My previous Airstream had the Fiamma rack and I have to say it is worthless. Not only is the quality pretty bad, bikes don't fit without hitting each other.
Do you mind posting pictures of your setup.
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Old 06-28-2015, 07:44 PM   #18
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I agree with others, take it to your local metal fabricator and have them do it. If they think it needs additional support they can add some. Just install a 2" hitch bracket and buy an aftermarket yakima. I am interested in the canadian aluminum rack though!
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Old 06-28-2015, 08:33 PM   #19
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I've put this on the project list. Keep those pictures and ideas coming!

Looked the Kuat rack over, very nice indeed.
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Old 07-02-2015, 11:48 AM   #20
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I am also interested in adding a receiver hitch.. I have a 2011 International and it has a Fiamma rack on it. However the rack won't hold 2 fat tire backs and Fiamma doesn't seem interested in accommodating them. Who can I talk to at Airstream to get the OK to add the hitch?
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Old 07-02-2015, 11:58 AM   #21
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Just ordered our 2016 AS yesterday and the hitch is being installed for us thru airstream. That way we can use our own bike rack.
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Old 07-03-2015, 12:25 AM   #22
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Just ordered our 2016 AS yesterday and the hitch is being installed for us thru airstream. That way we can use our own bike rack.
When you say airstream, are you talking about the factory or the dealer?
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Old 07-03-2015, 06:32 AM   #23
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When you say airstream, are you talking about the factory or the dealer?
I heard the same thing at the factory, including the part about fearing people might try to carry a heavy or something. But was the person who said it an engineer or an unexperienced new employee? I haven't a clue.

But thinking it might be true I've always wondered why they just didn't make a hitch with an odd shaped receiver that would only accept their carriers.That way they could limit what goes on it.
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Installing a 2" receiver for a bike rack on the back end of an AS is an intriguing idea. Does anyone have any pictures that would be willing to share?
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Old 07-03-2015, 01:15 PM   #25
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Sorry for the delay. I had to confirm with my husband but we both believe the dealer told us this would be done at the factory while being manufactured.
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A little off topic but some have used a rear hitch as a outdoor grille mount.
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Old 07-04-2015, 05:51 PM   #27
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I have looked at the frame at the rear, underneath the tool box area. Mine is a 2011 25 footer.
I am going to get some rectangular medium wall stock steel, weld two plates onto the ends, these plates will be drilled like the frame and bolted on either side onto the frame. The receiver will obviously be welded onto the rectangular stock, with some form of bracing.
I plan on getting a bike rack that holds two and shove it on. There is ample strength on the frame for this. I am also going with the small receiver.
I welded up my own trailer years ago, so this will be an easy job. Just not sure on using Mig Tig or Stick method. Got all three kinds of welders, Mig is the quickest method. I may corner weld the plates onto the frame, just for extra security.
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Old 07-05-2015, 07:54 PM   #28
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Installing a 2" receiver for a bike rack on the back end of an AS is an intriguing idea. Does anyone have any pictures that would be willing to share?
Here are a few pictures of the receiver on my 2007.

Installed by the previous owner so I don't the usage history. I would like to use it for a Thule bike rack that I own but haven't yet. I have bee a little to afraid to after reading the warnings of frame separation.

Please give any feedback on whether this receiver is likely to give me issues down the road.
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