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Old 06-30-2016, 10:50 AM   #15
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Plans not needed...

You don't really need any plans though, just go to your local Metal scrap yard and buy as much steel pipe and steel plate as you can find. Get a heavy duty receiver hitch and have someone start welding it all together. Make sure to add lots of extra steel supports. All the extra weight on the back will make the tongue lighter and therefor your tow vehicle will not have to work as hard...

Oh wait!!! Did you say 16' Airstream? I thought you said 36' Airstream.... NEVERMIND!

(All in jest!)

Seriously though, do your research, look at other options. Mounting a rack that connects to the frame alone is not wise, unless you keep the weight to a minimum. Try to find an option that distributes the load between the frame and the body. Good luck.

Here's my solution, works for me. I will be posting details later.


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Old 06-30-2016, 11:07 AM   #16
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We mount ours on the truck bed cover

Simple solution.
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Old 06-30-2016, 12:06 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by JoenJan16 View Post
We have a 2014 16' sport and would like to install a hitch receiver in back for a bike rack. Our Airstream dealer recommended a local hitch installer. They want an arm and a leg and over $600. I've started talking to a very reliable metal fabricator who is interested but has never done this particular job. He would like to see plans. Can anyone help? Any alternative ideas? Thanks!
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Old 06-30-2016, 12:31 PM   #18
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Even if you use the AS approved one you must keep the weight down. Two bikes may be over the limit for that rack.
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Old 06-30-2016, 12:37 PM   #19
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I would avoid the Fiamma unit.

Not only is it hideously ugly, but the upper mounts snap in half on WAY too many occasions which of course drags your bikes down the highway...usually without your knowledge. This could cause a horrible accident and/or death.
Can you cite instances? I've only heard of one, and in that case the user overloaded their rack with electric bikes.
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Old 06-30-2016, 12:40 PM   #20
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I have to agree with Alphonse...sorry you got some initial discouragement. This board is usually much more patient with new members. Keep asking, and just ignore responses that don't fit what you're asking.
Question for the initial respondents: What would be better? LT or LS tires? Sendel rims? Upgrade to Michelins in 16" sizes?
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Old 06-30-2016, 03:43 PM   #21
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Thanks everyone. I will be transporting the bikes in the trailer with bungies and blankets.
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Old 06-30-2016, 05:11 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by JoenJan16 View Post
Thanks everyone. I will be transporting the bikes in the trailer with bungies and blankets.
Wise decision.

And if you do decide to use the search function (just for fun) you will see why this group jumped all over you re: this question!
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Old 06-30-2016, 05:14 PM   #23
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Old 06-30-2016, 08:35 PM   #24
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We started with the bikes inside our '63 GT. Hated that for all the obvious reasons. Played with and tried, briefly (never left driveway) with rear bumper bike storage. Best & safest solution, for us, is the roof rack. A combo of Thule & Yakima system. About $400. Easy, breezy. Secure, safe and out of the way.
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Old 06-30-2016, 09:02 PM   #25
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I had mine in 19', actually went pretty well, took down, put on bed. Then put bike in open area of dinette.
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Old 06-30-2016, 09:46 PM   #26
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Originally Posted by Phoenix View Post
The links below are to related threads currently in discussion on this topic. Strongly suggest you read these in their entirety before deciding whether to pursue this subject further.

OP, I am the OP for "Out of Control Sway". You don't want to experience what I did with having bikes in the back. I have the FC19, with very light bikes. I had TONs of insights. Consider other options, the bikes in the back for anything shorter than an FC19 might be pushing the limits. I am all for "There is a solution", but I also know that "It doesn't mean it is a good solution."

Consider what the others have said, Roof Rack or put the bikes inside the AS. One advise, put a pan under the pedal when it is laid down so it won't damaged the floor.

Having bikes is great when you travel around.
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Old 07-01-2016, 08:49 AM   #27
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transporting bicycles

We were going to go the route of having that expensive, Airstream approved, bike rack installed in Jackson City then decided we didn't want to spend $800, or whatever it was, and we wanted the bikes where we could see them. We were in Florida, with new bikes, and decided to have a reputable installer put a 2" receiver on the front of our truck, made for that purpose. We hauled the bikes about 1200 miles back to home with no problems. I did purchase a strap to stabilize to the hinged part of the hood of the truck but have only used it on the car and it will make a big difference on the truck, I'm sure--at least make me less anxious. Actually, the bikes hardly got dirty. You could put covers on but we are afraid it would affect the air flow to the truck. Works for us. I didn't no way, no how, want them inside the trailer. Granted these are only $500, each, bicycles so if you have high-dollar merchandise might want to rethink it. Back in the 70's that's how we hauled bicycles on the front of our Class C motorhome. Many thousands of miles. We are used to having something hanging over the cab (kayaks) and lines coming down so the bikes don't bother us at all.

Good luck with your decision.

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Old 07-01-2016, 10:42 AM   #28
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See my prior posts on the Arvika rack from Canada. Not cheap, but mounts up front on the tongue, we love it.

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