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Old 03-25-2018, 02:34 PM   #1
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rear hitch on newer airstream

anyone add a rear hitch on a newer trailer that would support two kayaks?
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Old 03-25-2018, 02:48 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum! Airstream has historically limited the permissible weight for a rear bike rack to 75 lbs. +/-. More weight than that exceeds the design parameters, and can lead to dangerous sway issues.

The new search function above works great [inside the blue box] so I would encourage you to search for:

-- rear hitch
-- roll over sway
-- Fiamma bike rack
-- etc.

Notable among the many threads documenting sway accidents are these:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f48/...ec-153984.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...ay-156615.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...ay-152451.html

The newer Airstreams may permit heavier weights on the rear, but nothing has surfaced here to that effect IMO. The owners manuals are available online at Airstream.com. [See PS below]

Good luck,

Peter

PS -- Here is the 2018 Classic Owner's Manual:

https://www.airstream.com/wp-content...ers-Manual.pdf

In the limited edit time for this post, I don't see anything on a rear hitch or bike rack info.

PS2 -- AS approved Fiamma bike rack: https://store.airstream.com/product/...kes-by-fiamma/
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Old 03-25-2018, 02:56 PM   #3
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Hi - generally not a good idea to add a hitch to the rear of an AS trailer.

I don't know if they're still making the Eddie Bauer - that's a good one for taking kayaks along - a used one could be an option, or a used Pendleton trailer would be great.

Also - whatever you're towing it with might be better suited for kayaks.

Last - there are foldable kayaks that might serve your purposes. One example is here: https://www.orukayak.com/

Good luck!!
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Yeah, IMHO, I'd be mounting the kayaks on your TV if I were you. It maybe even better for your aerodynamics to have the kayaks breaking a pathway through the wind before it gets to the trailer; plus stopping nasty rocks thrown up by passing semi's would be a plus too. A lot easier and cheaper to fix a ding or scratch in a fibreglass kayak, than a rock through the front window or a ding/scratch in a curved end panel.

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