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Old 12-20-2014, 05:23 PM   #71
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bike rack

we bought a THULE plastic rack from REI. It has huge rubber pads and long attachment wires that can be securely adjusted. We put it on the back of the TV and lift the arms that hold the bikes up one notch from level and they have significant clearance from all parts of the TT. It is adjustable enough to go on the front of the TV too.
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Old 12-21-2014, 07:17 AM   #72
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I wonder how this would do:

Swagman XP Towing Rack - Folding 3 Bike Rack for 2" Trailer Hitches Swagman Hitch Bike Racks S64955
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Old 12-21-2014, 09:31 AM   #73
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That's the one I would have bought had I not made my own. Same concept. You can use a regular receiver stinger too when your not towing. For more clearance I carry the front bike tires in the bed of the truck. Bikes on the back, canoe on the top. Good times.


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Old 01-08-2015, 07:39 PM   #74
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A fork mount tray on cross bars on the roof of the tow vehicle is my choice. More protected than front or rear carriers, and the bike(s) stay much cleaner. The bike goes with the tow vehicle, rather than being stuck in a campground. Use a quality, locking fork mount (Thule , RockyMounts, Yakima). Remove the seat. A bike with no seat and no front wheel is much less of a temptation to a casual thief.

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Like this JamuJoe, Jim. Click image for larger version

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Old 01-09-2015, 06:44 PM   #76
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i have read a bunch about the construction issues with AS trailers. then, in the real world, i have talked with several owners who are hauling a variety of items off that back bumper area. one guy had a platform made so he could take his motor scooter along on trips. given all of that, and the fact we own a high quality Yakima bike rack, i simply fabricated a simple receiver bolted to the exact same location as the expensive rack from AS. difference is, i didn't drill any holes in the exterior skin. and if you believe that 4 sheet metal screws are going to keep problems from occurring down stream, well what can i say. this Yakima rack actually bolts to the receiver so there is virtually no wiggle from the rack. i suppose it is further back than the AS rack by about 12-14" and if that is enough to create a problem, i'll be quite surprised. you can check out my jpegs on another thread on this exact topic.
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in case you didn't find the thread on my receiver fab:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f44/...ng-129036.html
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Old 01-10-2015, 12:31 PM   #78
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Actually the Airstream bike rack is held from downward rotation by 8 screws and attach to the inner shell ribs. The close location to the shell of the bike rack reduces the moment arm significantly.

My Airstream Owners Manual cautions carrying heavy items behind the bumper because of its effect on handling in a sway condition.
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Old 01-11-2015, 08:32 AM   #79
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Aye, Jim - and like this with the Thule as well. Click image for larger version

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Hi JamuJoe, here is the Jeep fleet in Fort Lauderdale at Christmas. The Thule was taken by my son who needs it for a place to put his blue tote for Globetrotter discharge. The other 08 is my old one with now 370,000 k. It is my other son's daily driver. Out to pasture, retired from towing the Signature. Your recommendations on the cargo box, bars and bike mounts turned out to be excellent. Thanks. JimClick image for larger version

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