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Old 06-02-2019, 08:47 PM   #43
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Airstream Fiamma Bike Rack Issue.......

After struggling with the known issue of breaking brackets on the Fiamma rack. I just couldn’t bring myself to ordering replacement parts that I knew were substandard and would simply just break again.

During a call with Sean Woodruff from ProPride Hitches I articulated my frustration and asked if he thought he could help. He didn’t just pander my frustration he actually took an interest and jumped all over it. About a week later he calls to say he had the replacement parts designed and produced. It’s a perfect substitute to the original but made of stainless steel and a whole lot stronger.

We installed a set on my trailer and it was dead simple as even the old screw holes lined up. I think this nagging issue with the Fiamma racks is finally put to bed!

If anyone is interested, just give Sean a call at ProPride I’m sure he can fix you up.
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Old 06-03-2019, 12:05 AM   #44
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Sean does some really pretty work.
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Old 06-03-2019, 09:21 PM   #45
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Old 06-11-2019, 09:46 PM   #46
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Just returned home from our third trip with our new FC 19CB. This was the first time using the Fiamma rack installed at Colonial Airstream prior to picking up the unit. Was shocked to find in the drive way that one of the arms had pulled completely out of the AS on the right side and it had started to do the same on the left side as well. I don't think the parts failed, they pulled out of the camper making me think this is an installation issue. Until I come up with a fix, what would be the best way to seal the screw holes to prevent wanter from entering the wall? The screws have insulation on them so I fear getting water in there.





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Old 06-11-2019, 09:57 PM   #47
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Just returned home from our third trip with our new FC 19CB. This was the first time using the Fiamma rack installed at Colonial Airstream prior to picking up the unit. Was shocked to find in the drive way that one of the arms had pulled completely out of the AS on the right side and it had started to do the same on the left side as well. I don't think the parts failed, they pulled out of the camper making me think this is an installation issue. Until I come up with a fix, what would be the best way to seal the screw holes to prevent wanter from entering the wall? The screws have insulation on them so I fear getting water in there.





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Old 06-11-2019, 10:01 PM   #48
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How about some metal roofing screw with grommets or similar. Might need a larger size.

https://www.lowes.com/pl/Roofing-scr...are/4294710844

I'd go to ace for more variety. May want to do some probing in the hole for the bottom other than insulation. You may also try a plastic sheetrock anchor with a screw and metal backed grommet. The plastic anchors come in a variety of sizes.

Please post the final diagnosis. The oem screws may not have found any meat.

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ps, that screw looks pretty short...about long enough to make it thru the skin and that's about all. That's scary.

pss, interesting you bracket stradles the row of rivets and arcticfox's at least on one side is directly on top of the row and maybe a vertical metal stud???
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Check out my post #26. It is an older fiamma failure thread and seems i recollect discussed experience re portable interior anchoring options. Maybe a thru bolt right into some backing on the inside.
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Not sure if this link is allowed but a moderator can delete if not. Here is a link to the replacement mounts. We ran out of the first batch we made but are working on more now. We will be shipping them by the end of the month.

https://store.propridehitch.com/airs...cement-mounts/

Let me know if you have any questions.

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Old 06-12-2019, 04:12 PM   #51
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Not sure if this link is allowed but a moderator can delete if not. Here is a link to the replacement mounts. We ran out of the first batch we made but are working on more now. We will be shipping them by the end of the month.

https://store.propridehitch.com/airs...cement-mounts/

Let me know if you have any questions.

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Thanks! Waiting to hear what Airstream has to say before I make any decisions!
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Bad installation. I always screw the outside row into the vertical support locating them between the rivets, using as fat of stainless steel screws that will fit through the bracket. I rivet the inside row through the sheet aluminum, not so much for support but for guidance.

Seal the holes with Sikaflex, not silicone (incompatible with aluminum).

I've done it this way on my last three trailers without failure.

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