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Old 02-06-2016, 09:45 PM   #15
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We too have an ARVIKA 2- bike rack and have found that it is very stable and sturdy. Quite frankly, I like to see the bikes as we are traveling so as to know everything is OK. Yes, it is a bit pricey, about $600, but it is easy to load and unload and doesn't unduly interfere with the trailer operations. The anodized aluminum version goes quite well with the Airstream.
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Old 02-06-2016, 10:32 PM   #16
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Is that Fiama easy to use, as my back ain't what it use to be?
Easy for me and I'm no youngster (70). I lift the bike with both hands high enough to set the wheels in the lower rail, that's the only lifting. Then attach and snug two straps on the wheels and one on the frame. Removal is opposite. If your bike is too heavy, have a partner help lift a side. The rack comes with a strap to put around the bikes to the rack in case a bike strap would come loose.
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Old 02-07-2016, 06:01 AM   #17
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Can a Fiamma owner tell me how far apart the rails are? They seem pretty close together and I am concerned the bikes would be touching (probably at the forks) when positioned in the rails. I have positioned our bikes as close together as possible and it looks to me like anything closer than about 7 inches wouldn't work. Also, can you slide the rails to the right or left and secure in that position? It looks like this would help to stagger the bikes so that the handle bars of one bike would not interfere with the seat of the second bike. Thanks in advance.

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Old 02-07-2016, 10:30 AM   #18
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FollySteve, my initial reaction when I saw the rack installed on the back of our new AS was "No way two 29er mountain bikes are fitting on that". Well, they fit and only touch each other in one place that I simply protect with a small piece of yoga mat (suspension fork of one touches the chain stay of the other). I attached pictures to a similar thread back in 2014. I will try to attach here.
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Old 02-07-2016, 10:33 AM   #19
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See the photos here: http://www.airforums.com/forums/show....php?p=1443726
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Old 02-07-2016, 10:34 AM   #20
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Old 02-07-2016, 12:16 PM   #21
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Thanks a bunch Pivot. Super helpful. It looks like the handlebars of the inside bike are pretty close to the rear glass. Any problems there?
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Old 02-07-2016, 12:28 PM   #22
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The clearances are very close allowing the bikes to be as close as possible to the rear of the trailer and reduce the length of the moment arm. We played around with it some to get the best possible positioning, bikes facing opposite direction and pedal positions, adding a cut piece of rubber bike tube as a bumper where the clearances were close. Then took a picture with the cell phone so we always had a reference to put them in the best position.

The Fiamma rack holds bikes very snug, they just don't move around.
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Old 02-07-2016, 01:47 PM   #23
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Fiamma Bike Rack Spacing

We just bought the rack from Airstreamsupply.com during their January sale with plans on installing it once we get our 2015 19' Bambi out of storage in April. The spacing between the tire rails is 5 3/4". It appears to be a high quality product. Take note that it is very important to mount the top sway braces to the side of the Airstream without any vertical stress on the assembly. There was one bike rack that fell down and dragged the bikes when the two brackets broke from fatigue. Definitely something to add to your walk-around inspection checklist for each trip.

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Old 02-07-2016, 02:15 PM   #24
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Thanks Bosco. I hate to nitpick but can you tell me if that 5-3/4 dimension is center to center or inside edge to inside edge. My bike clearances are tight enough that I'm just not sure that c to c would work. Thanks again to all. As many have said, the info on this forum is the best.

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FollySteve, the innermost bike's handlebar is very close but not touching. Bar is fairly wide too.
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Old 02-07-2016, 07:32 PM   #26
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We carry both Road and mountain bikes with no issues of touching or clearance. Just be sure the pedals are set right. If you have heavy bikes you could have problems. Both road bikes and the cross bike are sub 18 pounds. The mountain bikes are a little over 20, so no issues for us with the 70 lb wt limit. The Fiamma works great for us with no real issues. I can get into the small rear storage with them mounted, but it's a squeeze. The only things I keep there are the cords and hoses and emergency tools etc. it's a great bike rack.


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We like everything about the Fiamma and it's rear position on the towing combo. That said, it has weight limitations (the one that broke completely loose at the top was carrying electric bikes over load limit) and will complicate rear hatch interior storage access on some models. Our recommendation is because we do not have these issues.
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Old 02-07-2016, 09:42 PM   #28
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We have the "approved/dealer installed" Fiama rack and it is pretty good. Expensive but secure - though access to the rear storage, with the bikes loaded, is a bit tight. This is on our 2015 19' International - I do like the improved design of the rear storage locker on the new AS!!
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