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Old 06-29-2016, 11:39 PM   #1
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Question Need Plans for Hitch Receiver for Bike Rack

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, 01:38 AM   #3
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Re: Need Plans for Hitch Receiver for Bike Rack

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.
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Old 06-30-2016, 06:38 AM   #4
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Ugh. The words AD NAUSEAM come to mind!

Good one, RareStream!
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Old 06-30-2016, 06:45 AM   #5
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Old 06-30-2016, 07:43 AM   #6
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Not recommended by many here. However there are numerous examples of succesful installs. Keep searching the net for ideas.
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Old 06-30-2016, 08:14 AM   #7
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I agree, it's do-able. But, a few things HAVE to be accomplished:

1) Get the lightest bike rack you can find; the least bulky, and one that holds the bikes CLOSEST to the receiver but one that holds the bikes securely with the LEAST amount of movement.

2) Make SURE, again, that the bike rack is slid into the receiver as CLOSE as it can be to the trailer; then, drill a new hole in the bike rack for the hitch pin.

3) Make absolutely sure that you secure the TOP of the bikes and/or rack to the mid-line of the trailer so that the bikes and rack can not move AT ALL.

4) Again, secure the bike rack and bikes so they can not move WHATSOEVER.

5) No more than TWO bikes on the rack.

6) Make sure the bikes are as LIGHT as POSSIBLE.

7) Almost forgot...have a competent shop design and install a 2" receiver to the rear cross member of your trailer.

8) Do NOT purchase a bike rack that uses a 1 1/4" mount with a 2" adapter. Buy one that is designed for a full 2" receiver. This will allow less play in the set-up. If you MUST have a bike rack that utilizes a 1 1/4" receiver, then have a 1 1/4" hitch mounted on your trailer. Avoid using adapters at all cost. Utilize a hitch wobble eliminator. But, this does NOT negate the need to secure the top of the bikes to the mid-line of the trailer to prevent movement.

9) Again, an anti-wobble hitch mount is NOT a replacement for properly securing the bikes to the mid-line of the trailer!!!

10) Again...make absolutely sure the bikes can not move in ANY plane WHATSOEVER. This is what causes sway and rear end separation.

11) Make sure your weight distribution hitch is positively set up PROPERLY with the proper weight distribution on all FOUR of your tow vehicle's wheels.

12) If necessary, offset the added weight of the bikes and rack on the rear of the trailer by adding weight to the front of the trailer (such as filling a water tank, putting heavy groceries or something up front, etc.).


To sum up...basically, if you can get the bikes very close to the trailer, secured to the midband area of the trailer and keep them from moving in any way/shape/form, with an absolutely properly set up hitch, you're good to go.

This is the ONLY way to do it safely.
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Or this

http://www.etrailer.com/RV-and-Motor...on/CC-275.html
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I think this is the only authorized rack. Your dealer should be able to get you one. I have one for my 27' trailer. Two bikes max. They are tight up against the trailer. Takes some work to configure it so the bikes don't scratch each other as they are very close together, but once set up is great.

https://store.airstream.com/product/...kes-by-fiamma/

Skip the rear hitch receiver. I believe Airstream does not support that modification and it will only cause you headaches.
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I think this is the only authorized rack. Your dealer should be able to get you one. I have one for my 27' trailer. Two bikes max. They are tight up against the trailer. Takes some work to configure it so the bikes don't scratch each other as they are very close together, but once set up is great.

https://store.airstream.com/product/...kes-by-fiamma/

Skip the rear hitch receiver. I believe Airstream does not support that modification and it will only cause you headaches.

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. Fiamma will not accept a claim for a defect and the mounts are stupendously expensive for such a small cheaply made POS part that WILL fail again.

The Fiamma unit also limits your ability to easily access your rear storage and you can't just easily remove it like you can with a hitch mounted bike rack.

This all may be moot, however. I'm pretty sure you can't even mount a Fiamma on a Sport anyway since there is no rear bumper or trunk...but who would want to even if you could? The back end of the Sport is a good looking trailer. It would be shame to ugly it up with that spaghetti mess of bent gray bolted-on tubes.
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you can buy a bolt on receiver for the front of your tow vehicle if you use a truck or suv and they are reasonable in price .
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$600 is not an arm and a leg, you are dealing with an experienced hitch installer. Quite frankly, that is cheap. I would go that route before trying to fabricate something unproven and by those not in the business.
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We have tried almost every location for transporting bikes and found (although not perfect) bikes in the trailer work best. They stay clean and dry and away from thieves.

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