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Old 10-07-2014, 09:43 AM   #57
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so, you only bike on pavement on dry days?
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Old 10-07-2014, 11:13 AM   #58
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EB? What does that stand for?
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Old 10-07-2014, 12:24 PM   #59
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The bikes do not get messed with road grime on the Airstream rack in our experience, never any bugs either. If that was a genuine problem we would cover them on the rack, but it's not. We can't use the Airstream with bikes inside.

We transport them all over the country on the Airstream rack with no problems, couldn't be better. When we are camped and want them handy, and when we want to take them for a side trip with only the truck, we put them on this $25 little rack in the bed of the truck with one sturdy nylon strap around the seat posts and secured to the bed, no road grime or bugs there either. It also works great for transporting the bikes across the country but not as convenient as the Airstream rack.
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Old 11-27-2014, 11:23 PM   #60
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Best way to carry bicycles?

We purchased the carrier recommended by Airstream. It was expensive, but is an amazing one. One can slide the rails to extend to either side, which we do when we carry our tandem. The tandem goes when we are near great bike paths. The mountain bikes go when we are in the woods or near trails. Go to the AS site to get the particulars. Plan on about $600. After years of hauling bikes with various racks, it is well worth the cost. Dave
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Old 11-30-2014, 07:22 PM   #61
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Old 11-30-2014, 08:18 PM   #62
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Got the Airstream Fiamma rack. Carries the road bikes. Surprisingly not that dirty after driving in the rain half the day. Room in the truck for the mountain bikes.
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Old 11-30-2014, 09:11 PM   #63
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Smile Truck hitch mounted bike carrier.

I don't know if anyone else has tried it but we just carry our bikes on the receiver hitch. We use the extra long Pro Pride adjustable stinger and slide a modified double receiver tube assembly over it. Then a regular hitch mounted bike rack slides into the top tube. Plenty of clearance and no problems with jack knifing the trailer around. Then when we truck around with out the stream the bike rack goes into the regular receiver hitch. Been on the road about 10-12k with no problems. After all of the work we did cutting down the double tube unit I came across one online at E-trailer already made for the stinger. Go figure.
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Ampman can you take a few pictures of your set up?
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Old 11-30-2014, 10:47 PM   #65
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Old 12-01-2014, 09:42 PM   #66
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Modified bike rack adapter that fits over our extended length propride stinger. Still enough room for the Enkay mud flaps bracket. We use a Swagman standard bike rack for this. Can only fit two bikes though. Works great for us since I'm still packing everything but the kitchen sink when we travel. Will ad some pics of the installed unit with bikes later when time allows.
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I've got one of those rear bike racks and it's not for everyone. Holds two adult bikes with no problems, but it restricts access to the rear storage (under the bed). I wish there was more thought put into the design.
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Finally got a photo with bikes installed. All weight is on the receiver hitch and can even open the back of the topper.
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Old 12-20-2014, 03:29 PM   #69
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Finally got a photo with bikes installed. All weight is on the receiver hitch and can even open the back of the topper.
Looks like a great solution, but I recall looking at something similar some years back and was about to go that route when I read a statement from the manufacturer (not sure if it was the same) saying that use of the hitch extended would reduce the hitch capacity by 50%.

Is this an issue at all?

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Old 12-20-2014, 04:15 PM   #70
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The extended stinger is the solid shank piece. My previous truck I used a similar setup on the solid steel bumper but all the new trucks have fake bumpers. So dropped on a Curt class V receiver and away I went. This would still work on a regular length stinger but wouldn't have room for the Rock Tamer bracket.


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