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Old 03-25-2016, 11:33 AM   #57
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Banderabob, thanks for posting those pictures. The Arvika rack looks like a great solution. They make a rack specifically designed to fit an AS coach. Went onto their website to see the installation demo. I especially like the idea of not compromising the skin of the coach (as is necessary with the Fiamma rack), and not hindering access to the rear compartment.
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Old 03-26-2016, 08:37 AM   #58
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I did read on another thread where someone had taken their Fiamma bike rack off of their smaller Airstream and placed it onto their new, larger Airstream. They noted that the top bracket that attached to the rear side of the older Airstream had loose screws where they only went into the skin and not the frame member. When they installed it onto the new Airstream they used rivets on the inside holes of the bracket. So each bracket had 2 screws on the outside holes that went into frame and skin and 2 rivets on the inside holes that went into only the skin.
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Old 03-31-2016, 10:49 AM   #59
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We bought a front mount hitch from thehitchstore.com The bikes bounce a bit so I usually stop once during the trip to tighten the bike rack. Visibility might be an issue for some. My wife says she can't see but it doesn't bother me.
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We bought a front mount hitch from thehitchstore.com The bikes bounce a bit so I usually stop once during the trip to tighten the bike rack. Visibility might be an issue for some. My wife says she can't see but it doesn't bother me.
I would check with the CHP to see if that obstructed vision might cause one of their officers to cite you. Would be a a shame to have to deal with that mid-trip.
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Yeah, that might be pushing it. You need to see well on the road.
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Old 04-01-2016, 02:52 PM   #62
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I would check with the CHP to see if that obstructed vision might cause one of their officers to cite you. Would be a a shame to have to deal with that mid-trip.
Yea you're probably right. I'm going to look for a lower profile rack.
Luckily for me during the 5 or 6 trips I've taken with the bikes on the front, the only law enforcement I encountered were more interested in fighting crime than ruining someones vacation.
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This rack is lower, solid and easier to use. It's called a "Kuat". They are really expensive but I'd rather spend the money than drill holes in my Airstream.
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This rack is lower, solid and easier to use. It's called a "Kuat". They are really expensive but I'd rather spend the money than drill holes in my Airstream.
I carry bikes the same way and have for the last 18 years or so - likely close to 100,000 miles without problems.

I already had a standard hitch mount carrier, but when used on the front of our 2500HD, truck it put the bikes way too high.

I just cut the vertical tube of the carrier down and re-welded it to suit.

As it is now, I don't have a whole lot of clearance between the road and the bottom of the bike wheels - but enough, never any contact!

The seats /handlebars are barely visible above the line of the hood. Just enough for me to see them so I can be constantly sure that our bikes remain properly secure, which I like.

In that regard, on our last trip south we saw a fifth wheel pulling onto the interstate with bikes on the back of the RV. One bike had come loose at one end, and was dragging along the road! Lots of folks flashing lights & blowing horns, but the driver seemed oblivious and carried on!

No perfect solution I guess, each method has pros and cons - pay your money and take your choice!

I will admit that on some trips our bikes up front get rather dirty, but they are just old beaters anyway so not a real big deal for us.

I would imagine that with turbulence at the back of the trailer, bikes carried back there would get pretty dirty also in inclement weather.

Many years ago I used to carry a 90cc Honda Passport scooter in the aisle of a
20 ft SOB.

It worked ok, but required a lot of securing and foam rubber to avoid damage to the interior! Never did cause any damage - but was a pain if we wanted to use the trailer en route.


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