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Old 09-20-2015, 09:05 PM   #15
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All Bromptons are a variation of the same bike. Ours are 6 speed - 3-speed hub and 2-speed derailleur. They were the smallest folding bikes I could find. The downsides are they are not trail bikes, and the price is pretty steep.
If you need pics of them folded in the Interstate, let me know.


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I tHink we're committed to our dahons. I got the most compact when folded, but with 20" wheels. I didn't want to go smaller cause we wanted to be more comfortable over long distances riding

That said, sure I'd like a picture if you get a chance. Never know if we might want to try different with next purchase
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Old 09-20-2015, 09:19 PM   #16
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Not sure if you can get a front hitch mount for the Sprinter? That is how we have carried our two mountain bikes for the last 16 years, first on a Safari Minivan, then a Sierra 1500, now on a Sierra 2500D.

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I purchased a front receiver for my Tundra. Maybe I will install it tomorrow after work.


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Old 09-21-2015, 01:15 AM   #17
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Hi Everyone. Thanks for all the suggestions. I will check them out. Two questions: (1) Was it hard to drive with the bikes in the front of the AI? I believe a front hitch can be secured for the AI. I was just concerned about the difficulties of driving it and whether the gas mileage would go down significantly; (2) can the person with the Brompton bikes send pictures of them stowed under the lounge. I have a non-extended version AI so will those bikes fit in that version easily?
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Old 09-21-2015, 01:19 AM   #18
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When you get the ladder installed, could you please post some pictures. I'm real curious how that would work. Re carrying bikes, I have a 2-inch receiver welded to my AS's frame (NOT bumper), and carry three bikes without a problem. I'd be reluctant to hang a loaded hitchhauler on this receiver, tho. Looking forward to the ladder experiment. jon
The OP has an Interstate, and the ladder would mount on the driver's side rear door just like on most other vans with ladders for roof access. Likewise, his hitch hauler would be on the Interstate's factory hitch receiver.

There was a thread a couple of years ago that described one man's adventure in mounting a pickup bed toolbox on his Airstream trailer's rear bumper, but the responses from fellow AirForums members was overwhelmingly negative. A few applauded his ingenuity while the majority issued dire predictions of rear end separation and/or castigated him for ruining the value of his Airstream.
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Old 09-21-2015, 01:22 AM   #19
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I believe a front hitch can be secured for the AI.
The 2012 Airstream Interstate has "effects molding" on the front bumper. The only way you could mount a front hitch is to cut a hole in the molding for it to pass through.
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Old 09-21-2015, 06:43 AM   #20
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Any consideration of a tiny custom trailer rather than a mounting solution? Just large enough for the bikes plus whatever is typically kept in the box.

I occasionally pen pal with an Interstate owner who had one made for around $1,500 I think, including paint matched to what was used on his Interstate (I would like to post a pic but it's not my rig and he's not a regular forum user but if there is interest, I will ask him for permission). It does look seamless. Plus the trailer could be used to haul other things if necessary. It opens up a lot of options.

With Protag's idea of bike rack mounted on the existing box cover, it's possible and it's creative, but I would pay attention to the issue of lateral sway and the resulting moment arm. My husband curses the existing mass-produced box options in part because he doesn't like the quality of the hitch connectors. We still plan to commission a custom hitch box (not to incorporate bikes but for a dry ice cooler) but we haven't gotten that far down our to-do list.
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.... Next is where do you put the kayaks? ... ... So far all we have come up with is that they will go on our tow along vehicle when we fix one up.
It's been done, apparently successfully, as the attached photo suggests. The forehead-slapper in this case is that this owner took a roof rack and mounted it on top of the existing mostly-useless Airstream-installed T1N roof rack. That is what allowed him/her to vault the kayaks over the air conditioner.

But dang, the resulting vehicle is tall!! And it's an intrepid soul who can climb up there for the purposes of loading and unloading those vessels every time they are needed. (S)he also put a ladder on the rear door, but that's only going to help with half of this battle. I am athletic and I would still be intimidated by the job.
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Hi Everyone. Thanks for all the suggestions. I will check them out. Two questions: (1) Was it hard to drive with the bikes in the front of the AI? I believe a front hitch can be secured for the AI. I was just concerned about the difficulties of driving it and whether the gas mileage would go down significantly; (2) can the person with the Brompton bikes send pictures of them stowed under the lounge. I have a non-extended version AI so will those bikes fit in that version easily?

I should choose my words more carefully..... the two Bromptons are stored under the rearmost part of the lounge. They cannot go in any further since part of the lounge frame is in the way, along with the battery and other electrical boxes under there. So for that reason, you may not get them in there in a non-extended AI. But I'm not sure how much space you have in there when the lounge is made into a bed. My Bromptons could also stand up (folded) in the space behind the bed extensions so perhaps you also have a few inches to spare there too.
Here are a couple pics showing them lying flat, and with the bed extensions deployed.
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I should choose my words more carefully..... the two Bromptons are stored under the rearmost part of the lounge. They cannot go in any further since part of the lounge frame is in the way, along with the battery and other electrical boxes under there. So for that reason, you may not get them in there in a non-extended AI. But I'm not sure how much space you have in there when the lounge is made into a bed. My Bromptons could also stand up (folded) in the space behind the bed extensions so perhaps you also have a few inches to spare there too.
Here are a couple pics showing them lying flat, and with the bed extensions deployed.
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Ahh ok I had pictured them all the way under and that was blowing my mind. We stand ours up behind the lounge, and fill up under the lounge with other stuff. I don't have a picture handy Guess you can play with both ideas to pick what's best for you. Either way, we love our folding bikes!
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It's been done, apparently successfully, as the attached photo suggests. The forehead-slapper in this case is that this owner took a roof rack and mounted it on top of the existing mostly-useless Airstream-installed T1N roof rack. That is what allowed him/her to vault the kayaks over the air conditioner.

But dang, the resulting vehicle is tall!! And it's an intrepid soul who can climb up there for the purposes of loading and unloading those vessels every time they are needed. (S)he also put a ladder on the rear door, but that's only going to help with half of this battle. I am athletic and I would still be intimidated by the job.
And ours would be still taller than that! Unless there is a way to put a ladder on the rear and hook two kayaks to that, I guess they will go on the tow behind, a jeep Chris has if he can get it running again. He just flew back to Ohio this morning for it. On the roof we have two AC units and two vents, which makes for little room. We will probably rid ourselves of the antenna, we have found it to be pointless. More likely that we will use our TV with Internet access to Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. But I did wonder if anyone had ever put two kayaks on top before. Thank you for the photo Interblog!

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I didn't want to hijack this newer thread that asks about EXterior bike racks, so I'm reverting to this existing thread which talked about the INterior (folding bike) option.

Does anyone have any experience with the Schwinn Loop folding bike? I don't recall that particular brand being mentioned anywhere.

It is potentially attractive to me because of its low price point (under $200) and also because it seems to fold smaller than at least some of the competing products. It comes with a storage sack and I'm wondering if it would fit in the Interstate's closet. Closet storage would be ideal for us as we are committed to devoting our rear hitch to a cooler at minimum, cooler plus inflatable boat at max.

I realize that bike suitability is very much a function of usage intentions. Someone who wants to do serious off-road riding or long-distance pavement travel would probably not be happy with any folding bike option. Our scenario would be to use folding bikes to bridge the functionality gap - to compensate for the Interstate's lack of off-road capability. There are certain hikes that are just so many miles that one can't conceivably do the whole thing on foot in the time available. One either has to drive off-road partway into the destination (which the Interstate cannot do), or bike partway in, locking up the bikes and proceeding the remaining distance on foot. And that's the reason why low price point is important to me - we'd be leaving bikes, locked up sure, but there's always a theft risk with that. I would not want to leave a big investment on the ground. Better to go low-end for our needs.

Question is, would one or more fit in the closet. Amazon gives the Schwinn folded footprint as 30" x 32" x 11", but the package is irregular obviously and that's probably (hopefully) the dimensions at maximum point. Based on my trigonometry, that's within about an inch of what would fit in the mid-bath T1N closet on the diagonal. So it could go either way.
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Question is, would one or more fit in the closet. Amazon gives the Schwinn folded footprint as 30" x 32" x 11", but the package is irregular obviously and that's probably (hopefully) the dimensions at maximum point. Based on my trigonometry, that's within about an inch of what would fit in the mid-bath T1N closet on the diagonal. So it could go either way.
The easy way to carry folding bikesó especially in a carry bagó would be to lay them on a bed. Then when you stop for the night, move the bikes outside and lock them to the hitch receiver safety chain loops, and load them back onto the bed when you break camp.

As long as you're not using the beds for seating or sleeping while the vehicle is in motion, they are a perfectly acceptable place to carry cargo. Before I bought a receiver-mounted cargo tray, that's where I used to carry my lawn chairs, patio mat, and grill while en route.

Another option would be to remove the door of your closet, and replace it with a curtain, possibly also with bungee netting across the lower portion for keeping things in place. Then if something stuck out an inch or two, it's not an inconvenience.
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Dahon US website gives cube dimensions when folded. You can compare to your schwinns

D7's about $500 20" wheels. We regularly do up to 20 miles round trip, someTimes with hills. And one 30 mile. They are a joy to ride. Smaller 16"wheels would give a smaller cube, but harder to cover distance

I don't know closets. We put ours right in back of rear lounge (EXT) model

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