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Old 01-22-2014, 08:22 PM   #15
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Pretty sure I have tried everything over the course of time, but the Airstream bike rack (cost aside) is far and away the best solution for us.

I had ours installed by Airstream when our trailer was there for some other service items; don't recall the install price, but whatever it was is long forgotten with how well it performs.
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Old 01-23-2014, 06:35 AM   #16
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One more plug for the factory Fiamma rack from us. We had one put on our Pete before we left the dealer.

I have tried all kinds of racks over the years with 5 different rvs. The Airstream rack is the best hands down. It's always ready, takes one minute to load, and the bikes are secure.

It does take away a bit of the attractiveness of the rear of the coach, but not too bad when folded. Usefulness rules for us in case.Click image for larger version

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Old 01-23-2014, 12:42 PM   #17
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How close are the handlebars to the window? Looks CLOSE in the pic!

I am sold on this rack too, just ordered one.
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Old 01-23-2014, 02:20 PM   #18
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Very close but not touching. Pretty wide bars on our bikes. This picture was taken the first time I loaded up the bikes. Minor adjustments are easy so now I am not quite so close.

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Old 01-23-2014, 03:12 PM   #19
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Our bikes in the pic above do have very wide handlebars. I loosen one allen screw and turn my wife's handlebars sideways in line with her front wheel (hard to see in the pic). Works great, and nothing within 6" of the rear window.
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Old 01-23-2014, 08:53 PM   #20
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Thanks to everyone. A variety of solutions that you like - exactly what i needed. I found a really good price on the Fiamma rack.

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Old 01-24-2014, 05:30 PM   #21
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Bike Rack

I have a 25' Safari. Had a hitch receiver welded onto the rear frame. I use this for a standard hitch mount bike rack. Neat thing is you can use the hitch for other things. Weight limit is around 400 pounds.
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Old 01-24-2014, 08:36 PM   #22
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I have a 25' Safari. Had a hitch receiver welded onto the rear frame. I use this for a standard hitch mount bike rack. Neat thing is you can use the hitch for other things. Weight limit is around 400 pounds.
Would you mind sharing a picture?
How long have you been using it?
I had a custom made hitch built for my 25' Safari. After reading so much here on the forum about rear end separation, I have never installed it.
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Old 01-25-2014, 04:08 PM   #23
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Arvika is much easier to install than the Fiamma

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Old 01-25-2014, 05:11 PM   #24
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This is a small LivinLite CampLite travel trailer with aluminum plank floor and really like hauling bikes inside the trailer. Used roof mount type bike hardware mounted on plywood. If I were going to haul bikes like this in a TT with wood floors, would use a covering on the bottom of the plywood to keep from damaging the floor and wrap the edges to prevent damage to surfaces contacted by the edges of the plywood.





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Old 01-28-2014, 12:35 AM   #25
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Arvika Bike rack

Love the Arvika! We used it for 3 years on our 25'FB. We sold that and bought a 27'FB in October and were sad it wouldn't work for that configuration (the Airstream storage compartment door on our new trailer wouldn't open due to the doors location behind the propane tanks) so we sold it to our good friends who have a 25'. Now we have a new bike rack: our TV is a Ford F-250 with a Pace-Edwards Bedlocker tonneau cover so we had bike rack channels installed on either side of the pick up bed and attached removable Thule bike mounts to the channel. The Arvika costs about $688 including prompt shipping from Canada where it is made and is not difficult to mount. The local pick up rv accessory dealer charged us about $600 for our new channels and crossbars. You can then hook up any type of ski rack, bike rack etc. to the channels. We already had some Thule bike racks that mounted on top of our car and so now we mount them on the crossbars of our pick up bed. Our first big tow with new set up will be in February. If the Arvika works for your configuration I would suggest that over the Fiamma.
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Old 01-28-2014, 05:20 AM   #26
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We normally use the fork mount "platform" inside the SUV. (Suburban). This works for us and lets us carry bikes out to distant trail heads while AS is set up at campsite...

We HAVE used the platform on the carpet in front of the sofa. Two things we learned:

1. Spread the fork mounts as far apart as possible. Then pull the rear wheels together to form a stable triangle shape.
2. Place your little yellow wheel chocks between the sofa and the platform. That keeps the front forks away from the upholstery.
The bikes rode well in this configuration the couple times we tried it.
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