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Old 10-02-2014, 11:00 AM   #29
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My bike is a fold up version with a carry bag. I usually carry it in the Jeep GC. I have no desire to hang a rack on the back of my trailer.
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Old 10-02-2014, 11:09 AM   #30
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Sorry folks. In my previous posts #17 and #18, I stated that I used Reese top mount rack. What I meant to say was I use Thule top mount racks. I guess that's what happens when you get older.
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Old 10-02-2014, 11:15 AM   #31
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Old people choose Thule? Whew. I just checked mine, and it's still Yakima....
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Old 10-02-2014, 11:30 AM   #32
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I just towed my Safari 25 about 700 miles with bikes on the front of the TV. I love my bike rack (Hollywood) but I'm not thrilled with the headlight obstruction driving at night. I would normally plan to be stopped by dark, but on this trip circumstances intervened. In addition to blocking the light to the road, the rims reflected light back into my eyes. Bugs weren't bad, but could have been if I had been in Florida at dusk.

I don't have a couch or a dinette. About the only inside option I can come up with is fork mounts on a piece of wood in the isle and straps/bungee cords to restrain the bikes from moving.

I've looked at a friends trailer which has a rear mounted hitch. This particular trailer was previously owned by a metal fabricator and in addition to the rear hitch there are custom-made swing-out Honda generator mounts at each side of the bumper. I figure the two generators are close to the weight of my bikes and rack.

There is just no weight to speak of on the frame behind the rear of the trailer. The frame is steel box with a reinforcing web welded underneath. I just don't see how 100# of bikes and rack could put significant stress on those frame rails. I may try to build a Fiamma-type link to the rear of the trailer to dampen any bouncing if I can figure out a way to do it. The post above about failure of the trailer-mounted bracket indicates that there is some amount of bounce, at least in the Fiamma rack. I'm not sure I'll get that much with my all-steel Hollywood, particularly if I mount it deep in the receiver.

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Old 10-04-2014, 12:02 PM   #33
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I'm an avid cyclist and travel with the Fiamma. No problems with the bikes rubbing, installed a lock to keep the honest people honest. I do put the bikes inside when not using them and off on a different activity. I don't worry too much about them stopping at the supermarket or stopping for a meal and they are some pretty expensive italian road bikes. One thing to consider, those aluminum bars could be defeated in a couple minutes with a hacksaw.
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Old 10-04-2014, 12:26 PM   #34
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Here's how I do it. The fork stays are attached with wing nuts so I can remove them quickly without tools if I want.

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Exterior mounting of a bike is exceptionally hard on the bike and I only do it for a short duration using the Rocky Mount system. The interior mounting system shown here is really excellent. Jim


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Old 10-04-2014, 12:29 PM   #35
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Is the fork mount mounted on the dining table?
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Old 10-04-2014, 12:37 PM   #36
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Is the fork mount mounted on the dining table?
lol, Aren't forks supposed to be on the table?
Looks like it is mounted to the seat panel, where the cushion should be.
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Here's how I do it. The fork stays are attached with wing nuts so I can remove them quickly without tools if I want.

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Lynn - In your Safari, do you use just one fork mount to hold two bikes -- one bike merely strapped with bungee cords to the other bike that is in the fork mount, as it seems in your photo? Or do you have two fork mounts that are mounted in a staggered arrangement?

It seems like you have set the tabletop down to level as if using your dining area as a spare bed, but have put the cushions away somewhere else. Is that correct?
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lol, Aren't forks supposed to be on the table?
Looks like it is mounted to the seat panel, where the cushion should be.
Yes, I agree that the fork mount looks like it is mounted on the seat panel of the dining area. Very clever.
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martinwormer- here's how I did it in my 20'
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Best way to carry bicycles?

Wayne and Sam,
Is your fork mount simply mounted on a (nicely stained and finished) board that is perpendicular to the bicycle? Is the board not attached to the floor when you are traveling? Your photos are excellent. Thank you. One more question: Do you have a second board perpendicular to the main board for the purpose of stability, and perhaps to make your board stand wide enough so it cannot move from side to side in the aisle of your Safari?
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Yes on all accounts. If you look at the floor by your closet, you'll see a recess. The notched board fit in there. Then I put in the board with the fork mount. Nothing can move and it lifts right out.
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Wow! Great photos! I am heading off to a bike store to shop for fork mounts. Do you still have your fork mount rack that is shown in the pictures, even though you now have a different Airstream? Is it available for sale?


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