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Old 01-21-2014, 06:06 PM   #1
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Bike rack solution needed

Need some help from all you experienced Airstreamers out there!

I need a bike rack solution for my Airstream Safari. I am aware of the new Fiamma rack - slick I guess but my local dealer wants $637 no instl or $950 installed. Ouch!! It is $500 on the Airstream site - it appears they have them in stock again.

In any case, this is a HUGE outlY for something so simple!

So who has a good solution? I tow with an SUV so pickup bed transport is out. A roof rack is out for my SUV too as it is high to be practical.

Ive thought of internal using some bike fork clamps. Maybe ok. I also know they have racks that attach to the rectangular part of the frame of your trailer just behind the ball.

But enough of my studies - who has experience and solutions they like!?

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Old 01-21-2014, 06:16 PM   #2
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What SUV do you have? We use a front-mounted receiver with a bike rack installed on our Ford Expedition and have found it to be a solution that works well for us. You might want to consider it if a front receiver is available for your vehicle. I tow with the bike seats removed to minimize any visual interference out the windshield.

We considered roof-mount racks, the Airstream rear rack and didn't like either. Briefly considered working something between the TV and the trailer. Finally settled on the front mount as the best solution for us overall.

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Old 01-21-2014, 06:18 PM   #3
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There are any number of threads on here already about bike racks. Were you not able to find any info in them?
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Old 01-21-2014, 07:34 PM   #4
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I use a fork mount gizmo made for a pick-up bed but I put it inside the Airstream. I use some cleverly placed bungee cords to keep the rear tire steady during travel. Have not had any problems yet.
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Old 01-21-2014, 07:54 PM   #5
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I have had a F-150 super crew and now a F-250 extended cab. I have used a front receiver hitch on both with the same bike rack. This set up has worked very well for us. Depending on the weight of the hitch, bike rack and bikes you could be adding between 200 to 300 pounds about 2 feet in front of the steering axle. I think that this helps to counter act the trailer weight on the back of the tow vehicle
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Old 01-21-2014, 08:12 PM   #6
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We bought folding bikes, the larger ones with 26" wheels, aluminum frames, 21 speeds, built by Dahon, and we're happy with them. They would easily fit in the rear of your SUV if you don't already have it full of other stuff.

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Old 01-21-2014, 08:46 PM   #7
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Still looking for a trailer here. Currently have an SUV and will use one to tow. Bikes are important to us. They go on the roof or in the back of the SUV now. They will go inside the trailer, considering the planned Airstream trip durations, and we expect that to impact our choice of floor plan. We will use fork mounts.
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Old 01-21-2014, 08:49 PM   #8
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We tried several racks and methods over many years. The Airstream rack is best and it's real cost is over what another one would cost you. Buy one and put it on yourself, pretty easy job with plenty of video instructions around.
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Old 01-21-2014, 08:55 PM   #9
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I have a fork mount solution that I use. The mobile app won't let me copy/paste links but search "fork mount" on the forums and you'll find it. It's simple, cheap, and works beautifully.

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Old 01-22-2014, 06:30 AM   #10
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We bought our trailer new last May with the Fiamma rack (installed by our dealer). I am a huge fan of the rack. Fits two 29er mountain bikes and they only touch in one place that is easy to cushion (suspension fork on one touches the chain stay on the other). Otherwise they nest beautifully. When I first saw the rack (already installed) I thought "No way". But it is great. Very light, folds up when not in use, and very sturdy. Designed specifically for an Airstream and I say they nailed it.

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Old 01-22-2014, 07:53 AM   #11
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Every solution has its pros and cons, but a front mounted hitch receiver and bike rack has worked fine for us on our last three tow vehicles.

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Old 01-22-2014, 09:18 AM   #12
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I have been using one of these inside the trailer for the last 4 years. Cost about $55 at Lowes. I use it outside the trailer when I am camping, with a cable for security. I use it in the garage when I'm home.

I throw an old towel or quilt on the floor crossways inside the trailer then set the rack and bikes on top of it. I secure the rack to the front wheels with a bungee cord. Then secure the bikes together with two bungee chords, separating them with old towels to keep them from scratching each other. The bikes will move during an emergency braking situation, so I also lay some old towels on the gaucho to keep the upholstery clean in case that happens. I have not had the bikes turn over or anything like that. They just slide forward and stayed upright against the gaucho. I have considered installing some type of tie down inside the trailer to keep the rack from moving, but have not felt it was necessary.
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Old 01-22-2014, 09:30 AM   #13
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We've had good luck with this bike rack which mounts over the propane tanks.

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We carry cruiser type bikes and I do not have great difficulty in lifting the bikes up using a step stool. The rack was about $450.00 US when we purchased it about five years ago. Much has been posted about dangers in mounting a bike rack at the rear bumper. This seemed to be a reasonable alternative. Airstream has since developed a rear mounted rack. I have not seen one in person as yet. Good luck.
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Old 01-22-2014, 06:11 PM   #14
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I had a 2" receiver welded to the rear of my 20ft and on my new 25ft. I then use my Thule bike rack. I can lock it on the trailer and transport my bikes. When I get to the camp ground I can take the rack off the trailer and put it on my TV and take my bikes to different locations to ride.

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