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Old 09-09-2009, 12:26 PM   #15
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Inside is an option, but I would think it would make lunch or bathroom breaks in the trailer difficult at best.

I drove behind this trailer for a good 40 miles and the bike road perfectly. Of course it is a custom frame built by the owner. We stopped at the same rest stop and spoke briefly. I believe he said he built it about ten years ago.

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Nice!

If they are tied on good they ride fine.

If they are lose and start bouncing around that 50lbs of bike can become a lot more in weight on the bumper etc.

Done right it works real well, I drove mine over 20,000 miles no worries.
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Old 09-09-2009, 12:59 PM   #16
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Old 09-09-2009, 01:01 PM   #17
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Really, the only place there is room for bikes on the outside of an Airstream is on the rear bumper, but I wouldn't carry them there. The rear of any trailer is absolutely the worst ride on the two vehicles and that would cause lots of problems, as well as the additional weight of the bikes and a sufficently strong bike rack would not be good for the trailer. Research "seperation".
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I've seen a few bike racks on the front of trailers between the propane bottles and the body, but personally don't see there is enough room. I'd worry about the bikes damaging the trailer.
There is a rack discussed on another thread posted by mojo (http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...ams-41078.html) that fits over the top of the tanks, but my concern is tight turns and having a shell on the back of the pick-up.

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We solved the problem by buying folding bikes and carry them in the back of the truck.
I strongly endorse folders, and carry ours, singles and tandem, in the back of the truck. No risk from outside elements - weather, cars in parking lots - and no blockage of airflow to the engine compartment. And no cleaning of critters when the bike acts as a bugscreen. You can also visit this thread along with others regarding folders - http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...kes-54780.html

I do suggest that if you get a folder, have your local bike shop (LBS) fit you so you will enjoy the ride. And cheaper is not better - a mid-priced folder will give you more years of service than an inexpensive one. Your LBS will also be able to give you better future service when you need it.

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Old 09-09-2009, 01:06 PM   #18
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Howie and myself have the same setup



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Old 09-09-2009, 01:35 PM   #19
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I carry mine on the back of the truck. Works great!
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Old 09-09-2009, 01:39 PM   #20
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They say a picture is worth a 1,000 words and this one seems to be worth more. For me , my bikes go through a whole world of heXX when I ride them off road - they can stand a beating if need be on the back of the trailer. And, I have to agree with LI Pets that if the bikes are causing separation or sag, my big aXX is probably causing it to drag on the ground. The physics of momentum aside, the bikes (even in motion) are a lot less than the wife and I fighting over bathroom space in the rear of my AS.

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Old 09-09-2009, 02:10 PM   #21
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I think a bigger problem with rear end sag is water/waste tanks mounted rear of the axles, if those are over the axles there is less chance of a problem.

That assumes these is no frame rot causing it etc.
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Old 09-09-2009, 04:08 PM   #22
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That's the exact rack I use. It works well.

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This type of indoor storage has been spreading amongst WBCCI members for a few years. The first time I saw it was in a rig from Maine.

We have carpet and it hardly moves, the bikes are always upright. Because the 65GT has beautiful ribbon mahogony throughout, I throw a moving pad (~$15, also available at lowes) over the whole works just in case the pedals come in contact with something.

Once you arrive, both the stand and the bikes move outside. The stand easily locks to your front end frame, and your bikes lock to the stand... Pretty cool...

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Old 09-09-2009, 05:21 PM   #23
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That's the exact rack I use. It works well.

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I've been looking into how to transport my bikes... This seems like a great lowcost solution....
I wonder if I should mount this to the floor somehow? Linoleum is pretty slippery? Can I just screw into the floor if I choose to?

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I would be really afraid to put a rack on the back of mine. My model has a history of frame sag, crack, etc. I think this is because of so much weight being carried behind the axles. We have a bath, kitchen, and holding tanks back there. If you load the pantry, keep the tanks full, you are just creating a potential problem that would be exacerbated with hanging bikes far on the back. An Airstream model with heavy components loaded on or forward of the axles might afford the opportunity for bikes on the back. One just needs to evaluate carefully their own trailer situation.
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I've been looking into how to transport my bikes... This seems like a great lowcost solution....
I wonder if I should mount this to the floor somehow? Linoleum is pretty slippery? Can I just screw into the floor if I choose to?

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Just put down a rubber-backed throw rug and put the rack on it... or a piece of something with rubber on both sides. Ours is on linoleum too, and I don't have anything under it. It really won't move much at all.

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We've been using this for a couple of years now:

ProStor at Lowe's: Two Bicycle Steel Stand



This type of indoor storage has been spreading amongst WBCCI members for a few years. The first time I saw it was in a rig from Maine.

We have carpet and it hardly moves, the bikes are always upright. Because the 65GT has beautiful ribbon mahogony throughout, I throw a moving pad (~$15, also available at lowes) over the whole works just in case the pedals come in contact with something.

Once you arrive, both the stand and the bikes move outside. The stand easily locks to your front end frame, and your bikes lock to the stand... Pretty cool...

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CR@P! I just read a bunch of threads and even made some private messages to people asking about how to hold bikes inside the trailer without removing the front wheel before heading out for the vacation that I am on right now. I tried in vain to make a fixture from wood and never really nailed it (no pun intended). I have never seen the bike rack that you mentioned above in any of my many visits to Lowe's, but then again I am surprised sometimes in what Lowe's carries. Either way, I'm hunting this down next time I'm there. My homemade rack worked well enough for this trip, but I've been complaining to my wife the entire time about what a pain the butt it's been dealing with the bikes & rack. I know I've spent more than $25 is time and materials for the "rack" I built. Live and learn I guess.
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I have a 1987 345 what do you have for one of them. I took our bikes to Florida one time only. The rack was made for two bikes. I had it strapped on my motorcycle trailer. Nothing was touching when I left home. I caught one of the bike tires in my side mirror. It wasn't there when I started. When I stopped it had worked loose but with no danger off coming off. It rubbed the paint off in several spots. We haven't taken them with us since then.

What do I need?????
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I have a 1987 345 what do you have for one of them.

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I had a 325 for several years. Depending on your setup, you can use the same rack '65GT and I use... or you might want to get a small utility trailer from one of the home improvement stores and outfit it with good quality trough racks and tow it.

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