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Old 02-17-2016, 08:04 PM   #43
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I installed a 2" receiver on the front of my F250 and have had no problems with it. It does take some time getting accustomed to seeing a couple of bikes hanging off the front. I looked at some rear mount racks before installing the front receiver, but wasn't comfortable with the way they attached.
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Old 02-18-2016, 12:16 PM   #44
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Obscured license plate issue?

Any issues encountered by obscuring the license plate?

Could be beneficial at red light cameras.

And potentially problematic in a state that has toll by license plate if it triggers a trooper to chase you down.


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Old 02-18-2016, 01:05 PM   #45
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Any issues encountered by obscuring the license plate?

Could be beneficial at red light cameras.

And potentially problematic in a state that has toll by license plate if it triggers a trooper to chase you down.


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No.

Nor a problem when towing our utility trailer without a plate which obscures our truck'e rear plate, or carrying load in our truck with the tail gate down.

Perhaps for this reason the red light cameras (really short yellow) catch your front plate (if your state has one), been there.
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Old 02-20-2016, 11:08 PM   #46
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I just located the Fiamma picture I took on the last trip. I took it as it seems with these two townie types, that there is a preferred way. They fit great, tho I had to play with the attachment arms due to the different townie design of the frame...but in the end perfect!

No question the access to storage is a bit limited, but workable. I pull items out and slide them to the right or left.

Love the rack.
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Old 02-21-2016, 12:23 AM   #47
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Tongue weight is a matter of front-to-back balance. Any weight added to the front of the trailer can be offset by weight added to the rear of the trailer, up to the limit of the gross trailer weight.

So a rack mounted to the front of the trailer might still be viable for people watching their tongue weight. The biggest limitation is that if you tow with an SUV or a pickup with a shell, the bike might hit the tow vehicle in a turn, so a front rack is best limited to pickups that don't have shells.

I'm not married to the idea of a front rack, though, so if you don't want to use one, don't. Won't hurt my feelings one little bit. I merely tossed it out as an option to consider.
Am I correct in thinking that the added weight (or at least its effect on the TV-TT system) can also be compensated for by adjusting most weight distribution systems?

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Old 02-21-2016, 08:13 AM   #48
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To some degree yes. You want to watch for max tongue weight- which i believe is 1000lbs on AS, but also depends on the TV capability. Some weight can be compensated by shifting weight aft of the axles to counterbalance and take some weight off the tongue as needed .

Once travel weights are established, THEN you set up your WD hitch toevenly distribute weight by transfer to the front wheels of the TV.
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Old 03-01-2016, 04:39 PM   #49
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We just installed our Fiamma bike rack. We are confused on how to attach the ratchet straps to the bikes. We were able to attach the first bike, but the second ratchet strap is too short & the angle doesn't seem correct. Any pics on how to?
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Old 03-01-2016, 07:53 PM   #50
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I'm not sure if this is what you mean but I just wrestled with this and finally figured out that the post does rotate at the base (see attached photo). It is very stiff when brand new so grab the base with one hand for support and twist the post with the other. It will break loose and then rotate freely. Hope this helps.

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Old 03-01-2016, 10:25 PM   #51
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While the Fiamma is a great rack I had to tweak it a bit to make it work just right for our bikes. I put in a longer strut for the second/back bike - luckily a piece of PVC pipe matched it in diameter and I made it a couple of inches longer. Now the second bike tilts a bit but it is very secure (sorry no pictures right now.). And as Steve says..it is stiff to begin with but will loosen if twisted.
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[LBelle While the Fiamma is a great rack I had to tweak it a bit to make it work just right for our bikes. I put in a longer strut for the second/back bike - luckily a piece of PVC pipe matched it in diameter and I made it a couple of inches longer. Now the second bike tilts a bit but it is very secure (sorry no pictures right now.).]

LBelle, looking forward to the PVC pics when you have time.

I too tweaked it as neither of the townies have the standard horizontal frame bar. Not only did I twist the sweep, but also the attachment head at the end so that the stop/strap aligned with the bar. I also tried it a couple of different ways...which bike in/out and which direction.

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Old 03-02-2016, 03:36 PM   #53
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I decided to get the more adjustable (and longer) arm from Fiamma to allow me just a little more clearance between the bikes. I got the Fiamma Bike Block Pro D1 from amazon.com.uk for an embarrassing $62. In my defense I'm still working full time and am trying to outfit our new Bambi for our maiden trip in April. I spent about 2 hours trying out all combinations before I found one that gave me the clearances I needed to eliminate any rubbing. Once I figure out how to store and post a photo I will do so.
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Old 03-02-2016, 04:10 PM   #54
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Fiamma Bike Block Pro D1

Here are the photos. You may be able to make out just how tight the two bikes are to one another. The bracket in use is the one that comes with the bike rack. The D1 in the last photo on the table will allow me to slightly angle the outer bike away from the inner one. I may have to make up two brackets to move the outer bike's tire tray out a little as well. This will ever so slightly increase the moment arm of the tray so it is a risk.
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Bosco, looks like you have already done this but I will mention to others that you can also loosen the mounting bolts and slide the tire trays from side to side. This stagger helped us to nestle bike in so that they don't rub. Of course, remember to re-tighten bolts when everything is set. As others have mentioned, clearance is very tight but once set it is a great rack. Really easy and quick to place and remove the bikes.
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Old 03-03-2016, 05:28 AM   #56
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Thanks for all your replies! We did order a longer clamp from Fiamma that should work. Now just waiting for our time to get on the road!
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