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Old 09-18-2015, 01:10 PM   #15
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If you don't have a rear bumper, you will have to go with the front mount rack over the propane tanks.

Great pics! Thanks. Weird how the middle photo in the ad shows the rack in a Sport model. Wonder how they did that without a bumper. I contacted Can Am and they said they have bracket 'made and ready' for the Sport models.
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Old 09-19-2015, 01:00 AM   #16
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The Arvika 7000-AF involves no penetration of the Airstream as it bolts onto the A-Frame just behind the propane tanks. The additional support bracket (BR-AF) is recommended for the 3-4 bike configuration, but I installed it on our 2 bike configuration. It mounts onto the power jack mast and adds more stability. If anyone is interested, I will post some pix.
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Old 09-19-2015, 05:08 AM   #17
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Hello Chaeha

Here a a couple of close ups of the attachments. They are relatively easy to do. We send the rack with two sided tape on the brackets so you can basically stick it on and then drill the holes. Worst case scenario if you do drill a hole in the wrong place you can just change the insert to hide it.

The biggest risk installing one is that you let the screwdriver slip off the screw and scratch the panel.

We install quite a few of the front bike carriers as well but you have to be sure your turning circle will be ok with your tow vehicle. This is mainly an issue with pick ups, and full size SUV's. The only other thing I notice is the front mounted bikes can get a lot of bugs on them.

I'll check that price for you It may have gone down with the exchange rate changes.

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Old 09-19-2015, 08:06 AM   #18
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Can you get in trouble for it?

What about covering up the license plates? Do the cops not care about that?

I've been thinking of making something similar for the back bumper of my Avion, but in all cases these rear racks cover up the plate. I was worried that the gendarmes might not like that.

Or do the cops view us as "Happy Campers" not possibly up to no good and don't worry about it?
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Old 09-19-2015, 08:28 AM   #19
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We're well into our 2nd season with our CanAm install of the bike rack. It works great for us.

And no problems with the 'authorities'.


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Old 09-20-2015, 09:32 PM   #20
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Hello Chaeha

Here a a couple of close ups of the attachments. They are relatively easy to do. We send the rack with two sided tape on the brackets so you can basically stick it on and then drill the holes. Worst case scenario if you do drill a hole in the wrong place you can just change the insert to hide it.

The biggest risk installing one is that you let the screwdriver slip off the screw and scratch the panel.

We install quite a few of the front bike carriers as well but you have to be sure your turning circle will be ok with your tow vehicle. This is mainly an issue with pick ups, and full size SUV's. The only other thing I notice is the front mounted bikes can get a lot of bugs on them.

I'll check that price for you It may have gone down with the exchange rate changes.

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Andrew,

Thanks for so much for the info and the close up pics. Finally makes sense to me now how it mounts. Surprised that the middle belt line and the bottom rub rail have enough strength to hold the rack and 2 adult bikes! Been in contact with Martin from your parts department who has also given me great info. Thanks again. Let me know the actual price plus freight. Martin quoted me $1098 Canadian total.

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Old 09-21-2015, 11:59 AM   #21
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Can anyone with the 7000 on the rear tell me how much extra length it adds when folded flush against the trailer? Can the rack be removed (and the mounts be left in place) when not in use? I have tight storage. A few inches might tip the balance. Just wondering. Thanks.
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Old 09-21-2015, 12:34 PM   #22
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Hello Chaeha

We install quite a few of the front bike carriers as well but you have to be sure your turning circle will be ok with your tow vehicle. This is mainly an issue with pick ups, and full size SUV's. The only other thing I notice is the front mounted bikes can get a lot of bugs on them..

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Now that I have a camper shell on my Ram 2500 I did get within a few inches of the bike wheel and rack bike rail touching the shell. I was able to move the front bike rail back a couple more inches so should allow me a tighter angle backing in but I'll still have to be careful. When I had my Tundra it had a tonneau cover and the bike rack was above that level.

I might have preferred the rear location but my Classic rear bumper with the pull out tray complicates installing a bike rack back there.

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Old 09-21-2015, 01:05 PM   #23
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I purchased the rack from CANAM on the back of my Eddie Bauer 25 FB. My trailer is 3 inches shorter than my garage so I needed something completely removable, which this is. I mounted it so the bottom brackets are on the top of the bumper and the top brackets are screwed into the belt line moulding which is the best place as it is very thick and recommended by CANAM. The brackets are mounted on top of the rear bumper so that when I touch my garage wall with the rear bumper I don't leave 2 holes from the brackets sticking out. I can still open my bumper storage lid too while the rack is in place. The rack also tilts back so I can open my rear hatch without removing the bikes completely. This is a good quality rack guaranteed to fit, lightweight and easy to remove. The rack cost more than the bikes but the peace of mind ensuring the bikes or rack would not damage my AS and prevent a costly repair was worth it.
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Old 09-21-2015, 05:58 PM   #24
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I purchased the rack from CANAM on the back of my Eddie Bauer 25 FB. My trailer is 3 inches shorter than my garage so I needed something completely removable, which this is. I mounted it so the bottom brackets are on the top of the bumper and the top brackets are screwed into the belt line moulding which is the best place as it is very thick and recommended by CANAM. The brackets are mounted on top of the rear bumper so that when I touch my garage wall with the rear bumper I don't leave 2 holes from the brackets sticking out. I can still open my bumper storage lid too while the rack is in place. The rack also tilts back so I can open my rear hatch without removing the bikes completely. This is a good quality rack guaranteed to fit, lightweight and easy to remove. The rack cost more than the bikes but the peace of mind ensuring the bikes or rack would not damage my AS and prevent a costly repair was worth it.

Thanks for the info. Seems like I'm going to take the plunge and buy this rack for my Sport. Anybody have any 'cons' regarding the rack?
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Old 09-22-2015, 06:50 AM   #25
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Please post pictures and update when you get it installed on your sport.


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Old 09-24-2015, 10:14 AM   #26
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For those of you that purchased from Can Am from the USA did you pay Canadian tax? The kind folks at Can Am say that it be refunded after the fact via a form. True? Any trouble getting the tax back? Can anyone send me the link to the appropriate form online?
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I don't remember paying any tax when I ordered my bike rack directly from Arvika.

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I did not pay any Canadian tax when I purchased my 7000-AF, 2-bike rack directly from Arvika.
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