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Old 07-05-2015, 08:29 PM   #29
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I custom made this hitch

I built this hitch for my Safari. It uses the existing hole in the frame. I planned on drilling two more bolt holes though the skid plates. After reading about rear end separation on this forum, I never completed the installation, took it off before it was ever used. I would not recommend adding this type of hitch for hauling weight or towing. It would be ok for mounting a grill while parked.
Anyone who wants it is welcome to it for what I have in it. $35.
I no longer have the bike rack insert.
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Old 07-06-2015, 08:04 AM   #30
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It's the lawyers

I asked one of the marketing heads during Alumapalozza about the hitch issue and he said the lawyers are the ones who refuse to endorse hitches. I guess the are concerned someone will but a Harley Davidson on the back. They are probably right
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Old 07-06-2015, 08:52 AM   #31
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Fiamma rack is ugly period!
It is an afterthought. It blocks access to rear compartment models. I've heard lots of folks unhappy with fit finish and durability!
If the engineers say a frame mounted hitch is ok, fund a fab shop and have one made. It's really not a big design job!
I have one on my 2006 25 FB and we are quite happy with it. It is very solid and the bikes don't jump around while traveling down the road. We pulled into a gas station and someone with another AS pulled in behind us and wanted to know about the rack. They were looking for one and followed us after seeing how the bikes were solidly attached.

An afterthought? Well, it did take them a long time to come up with this design and it is not perfect but being attached to the frame AND the shell it works well for the AS. It does interfere with the back hatch, but only a little. I store everything there now like I did before. This is splitting hairs in my opinion. It is tight so yes, the bikes will rub together. The front fork hits the rear on the second bike. If that bothers you, a little padding would take care of it.

We have had ours for about 4 years now and have traveled throughout the west without any problems. Now that Airstream has approved the addition of a receiver hitch on the back, options will increase for sure. I have followed hitch mounted bike racks and have not liked the bounce of the bikes when the vehicle hits bumps. I am sure that some are better than others in this regard as well. Again, to each his own.
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Old 07-11-2015, 09:40 PM   #32
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I have one on my 2006 25 FB and we are quite happy with it. It is very solid and the bikes don't jump around while traveling down the road. We pulled into a gas station and someone with another AS pulled in behind us and wanted to know about the rack. They were looking for one and followed us after seeing how the bikes were solidly attached.

An afterthought? Well, it did take them a long time to come up with this design and it is not perfect but being attached to the frame AND the shell it works well for the AS. It does interfere with the back hatch, but only a little. I store everything there now like I did before. This is splitting hairs in my opinion. It is tight so yes, the bikes will rub together. The front fork hits the rear on the second bike. If that bothers you, a little padding would take care of it.

We have had ours for about 4 years now and have traveled throughout the west without any problems. Now that Airstream has approved the addition of a receiver hitch on the back, options will increase for sure. I have followed hitch mounted bike racks and have not liked the bounce of the bikes when the vehicle hits bumps. I am sure that some are better than others in this regard as well. Again, to each his own.
Has Airstream clearly approved installing a receiver hitch on the back of their trailers?
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Old 07-12-2015, 06:26 AM   #33
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Some say it has always been okay with the newer AS. Just don't get rediculous about the weight.
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Old 07-12-2015, 11:25 AM   #34
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Airstream will probably never saw it is OK to put a receiver on the back of your trailer. If they do and someone puts their big motorcycle on it and it damages their trailer or bike Airstream can be sued. So since humans will do anything they(lawyers)will not give the OK. With that the engineers say it is strong enough for a hitch and a bike rack. Pedal bike not motor. So you are looking at 1 or 2 hundred pounds at the most. Now all I need is to find someone who sells already made one that I can order. The place in Mich. will not make one up. Said all the trailers are different?????
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Old 07-13-2015, 06:57 AM   #35
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Airstream will probably never saw it is OK to put a receiver on the back of your trailer. If they do and someone puts their big motorcycle on it and it damages their trailer or bike Airstream can be sued. So since humans will do anything they(lawyers)will not give the OK. With that the engineers say it is strong enough for a hitch and a bike rack. Pedal bike not motor. So you are looking at 1 or 2 hundred pounds at the most. Now all I need is to find someone who sells already made one that I can order. The place in Mich. will not make one up. Said all the trailers are different?????
Have you tried Can-Am?
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I haD Can-Am install one on my 2013 25 FC when i bought it new from them. we talked a few options and saleguy called me back and told me they could do that with hesitation. when I picked the AS up they asked me to bring my Thule bike rack, which they tried on and also drilled a second hole to bring it closer to the AS to minimise the bounce.
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I haD Can-Am install one on my 2013 25 FC when i bought it new from them. we talked a few options and saleguy called me back and told me they could do that with hesitation. when I picked the AS up they asked me to bring my Thule bike rack, which they tried on and also drilled a second hole to bring it closer to the AS to minimise the bounce.
I would think that fore and aft placement of the receiver would be helpful to minimize bounce. Would you happen to have any pictures?

I noticed a thread yesterday with a discussion of the failings of the Fiamma bike rack. I think a rear receiver for a bike rack makes sense if it is installed correctly.
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I haD Can-Am install one on my 2013 25 FC when i bought it new from them. we talked a few options and saleguy called me back and told me they could do that with hesitation. when I picked the AS up they asked me to bring my Thule bike rack, which they tried on and also drilled a second hole to bring it closer to the AS to minimise the bounce.
That should have read "they could do it without hesitation".
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That should have read "they could do it without hesitation".
Would you be willing to share pictures? Any negatives about the setup?

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Old 08-09-2015, 11:12 AM   #40
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Here is what CanAm is doing. They take a Arvika bike rack and mount it to the rear bumper with awning brackets and supports to the AS body. Sort of the same principle as the Fiamma rack. I still think a hitch mounted to the frame would provide more substantial support, as long as there was a strap or support from the top of the rack to the trailer body to alleviate the momentary bounce.
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