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Old 09-08-2009, 09:36 PM   #1
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Does anyone have a preference for an inexpensive but durable bike rack an AS? Any pros and cons of carrying bikes on the outside of the trailer?
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Old 09-08-2009, 09:59 PM   #2
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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".

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.

We solved the problem by buying folding bikes and carry them in the back of the truck.
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Old 09-08-2009, 10:13 PM   #3
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maybe try to put the back rack on the back of your vehicle , they have sevaral types. good luck! g
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We wouldn't put a bike on the back of the trailer because of the potential separation probems... Other options are: inside the trailer or in the truck bed...a folding bike as suggested by Steve...or even a front-of-the-tow-vehicle rack.
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Old 09-08-2009, 10:23 PM   #5
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We had a hitch put on the back of our A/S to haul our bikes. Then we read all the posts regarding bike racks and the trailer seperation. We hauled our bikes 1 time and that was it. We now are hauling in the back of the PU. Looking at a front hitch, but are undecided at this point. A fold down bike seems like a good idea, but we already have bikes we like, so don't think that is an option. Also looking at the front of the trailer rack, we have a haha so space is not really a issue. If we did a front of then truck mount, we could use the back of the trailer hitch to store and lock the bikes, as was suggested somewhere else on this forum. Still working on this.
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Old 09-08-2009, 10:31 PM   #6
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We put 3 bikes on top of our Landcruiser. Works very well.
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Old 09-09-2009, 06:32 AM   #7
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If you think 50 or so pounds of bikes on the rear end is going to give you rear end sag you're frame is already in trouble.

I have two on my bumper for 3 years, no problem what so ever.

I know of several others that are doing it longer.
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There are a variety of reasons for not carrying bikes on the back of an Airstream, but the best one is that it beats the bikes to death. They're exposed to weather and are an easier theft target.

We bought an inexpensive floor rack, and "garage" the bikes inside the trailer when on the road. When we park, the rack goes outside, and so do the bikes; locked together and to the trailer, with the rack, under bar-b-que covers for weather protection.

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We went with the Thule roof mount for our Chrysler Aspen. Works fine.
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Have you driven behind a rig with bikes?

Mine are fine.



Put a lock on them

Put a cover on them
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Have you driven behind a rig with bikes?

Mine are fine.
Yes, Bob, many times. And I've seen wheels fall off, and racks break, other parts fall of the bikes, and all manner of not-so-good things happen that folks don't even know about 'cause it's on the back of the trailer. Further, if you check my signature, my trailer is something other than an Airstream, with a 6" box frame... no rear end sag is even possible... and I STILL won't carry mine on the back of the trailer. I've got too much invested in them. I'm building up a new 60cm touring frame as I write.

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There are a variety of reasons for not carrying bikes on the back of an Airstream, but the best one is that it beats the bikes to death. They're exposed to weather and are an easier theft target.

We bought an inexpensive floor rack, and "garage" the bikes inside the trailer when on the road. When we park, the rack goes outside, and so do the bikes; locked together and to the trailer, with the rack, under bar-b-que covers for weather protection.

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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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My used AS came with a rear hitch receiver and I planned o use it to carry our bikes.

Although some folks seem to have done this without problems, many more claimed it would cause damage to the trailer, so in the end, I removed the hitch receiver and never did use it for a bike rack.

I have a hitch receiver mounted on the front of our tow vehicle and carry teh bikes up front.

Have done this for over ten years and it works fine for us.


I found an added benefit on our last trip. I carry my wife's bike with one of those clip on cross bar thingies that allow you to clamp it into a bike rack. Part way thru our trip, I could see that my wife's bike was starting to drop down.

I stopped the truck and found that the crossbar thing had somehow come unclipped and her bike was being held only by bungies.

My guess is that if the bike had been out of sight on the back of the trailer, I would likely have lost it before reaching our destination with who knows what results - not only to the bike, but other road users. The bike was riding with the tire barely an inch off the road when I stopped to check!

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I found an added benefit on our last trip. I carry my wife's bike with one of those clip on cross bar thingies that allow you to clamp it into a bike rack. Part way thru our trip, I could see that my wife's bike was starting to drop down.

I stopped the truck and found that the crossbar thing had somehow come unclipped and her bike was being held only by bungies.

My guess is that if the bike had been out of sight on the back of the trailer, I would likely have lost it before reaching our destination with who knows what results - not only to the bike, but other road users. The bike was riding with the tire barely an inch off the road when I stopped to check!

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Brian, that's one of the best reasons I can think of for NOT carrying bikes on the rear of the trailer.
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