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Old 04-01-2004, 04:07 PM   #1
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How Do U Bring Bikes Along?

When camping with your A/S, How do you bring along your family's Bicycles? Our tow vehicle is a Chevy Tahoe, and the back with Dogs and other gear and future plans is full. The obvious answer for us is some type of Yakima rack either for the top of our Tahoe or having a hitch reciver put on the back of the A/S and putting some type of add on bike rack there. We just need room for 2 adult and another progressively getting bigger kids bike, maybe some extra space if the ever growing child brings a friend along. Does anyone have any other idea's or suggestions? Something you've done or seen?
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Old 04-01-2004, 04:18 PM   #2
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You'll see many opinions on mounting anything on the back of an Airstream trailer. Basically it's a no-no because of how an Airstream is designed. Your best bet is a rack on top of the Tahoe, IMHO.
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everyone here seems to say that you should not mount anything on the back of the trailer; it isn't designed to handle the extra weight hanging off the back.

A roof rack would be one option. I've also seen bike racks that attach to the draw bar on your hitch, by wrapping around it, rather than being inserted into the reciever. so you can have a bike rack, + tow a trailer.

you could also probably put a couple of bikes inside the trailer...
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Put a reciever hitch on the front of the tow vehicle and put one of the bick racks on it that is used for reciever hitches.
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Well I do plan to put a reciever on the front I HATE bikes up there. The reciver will be for moving the trailer and hide behind the front tag. Once you have had a front reciever and used it to move a trailer...never want to do it any other way. You can easily put it anywhere you want.

We have a Cargo master rack with some Yamika style racks in it. Gas can rack for generator and a EU2000 will also make their way up there once we buy them. It is not recomended to put a bike rack on the back of the camper. Oure had the spare back there factory but we are moving it. We may still carry the reciever rack because it is easier to deal with when the coach is not hooked up.
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We load 4 adult size bikes and 2 child size bikes right in the trailer when we are ready to hitch up. We make sure that they are secure in their position so that they do not move and dent or puncture any appliance or cabinet. So far it has worked really well.
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We load 4 adult size bikes and 2 child size bikes right in the trailer when we are ready to hitch up. We make sure that they are secure in their position so that they do not move and dent or puncture any appliance or cabinet. So far it has worked really well.

I'll probably do this, too... My bikes are kinda pricey and in addition to things like rain and other elements, don't want them to be where someone might decide to "help themselves" if I'm not looking.
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I had been thinking for some time about getting a front end mounted receiver, and using it for my bicycle or my 110cc Honda Trail, if I ever take it with me.
Mostly, I put my bikes in the back of my truck now.

However, I never thought about using a front mounted hitch to move the trailer. What a good idea!! Yesterday, I was putting my SOB in my storage garage (my new Airstream is still a month away from being built!) and having a dickens of a time seeing into the dark garage as I was backing up. I think it would be a snap to back my trailer in with a front mounted reciever. Since a Reese front mounted receiver is relatively inexpensive, I think you just justified me getting one!! (My wife will especially thank you!!!!)

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Old 04-01-2004, 05:00 PM   #9
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We carry ours in the back of the pickup truck. Obviously that is no solution for those of you with SUVs, but I mention it because the new crew cab trucks are a viable option for those with families when it comes time to buy new.

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I've seen people move small utility trailers with front-mounted hitches, but I can't imagine doing that w/ the airstream. I would think you'd be too close to the trailer to be able to see anything at all around it. at least when you're backing, your eyes are far enough away that you've got some angle w/ the mirrors to see around the sides of it. can't see much, but you can see "some". better than "none". with those flat-bed, landscaping/utility trialers...you can see over it, or right on through it. not so much w/ a camper...

of course, don't listen to me; I've never actually tried it. if those that have think its a good thing, then by all means, go for it.
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folding bikes

We've been looking into those since our bikes are no longer new. And will still have enough room for the dog and crate in the back. That way if we don't "know" specifically that we are going to ride them we will not hesitate to bring them.


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When camping with your A/S, How do you bring along your family's Bicycles? Our tow vehicle is a Chevy Tahoe, and the back with Dogs and other gear and future plans is full. The obvious answer for us is some type of Yakima rack either for the top of our Tahoe or having a hitch reciver put on the back of the A/S and putting some type of add on bike rack there. We just need room for 2 adult and another progressively getting bigger kids bike, maybe some extra space if the ever growing child brings a friend along. Does anyone have any other idea's or suggestions? Something you've done or seen?
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Old 04-01-2004, 06:13 PM   #12
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Rack on the rear

First, thanks for all the quick replys.

I had heard that you shouldn't hang any weight on the rear of an AS because of rear separation/sag. Then I stumbled upon the following pictures posted by an AS dealer.
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everyone here seems to say that you should not mount anything on the back of the trailer; it isn't designed to handle the extra weight hanging off the back.

A roof rack would be one option. I've also seen bike racks that attach to the draw bar on your hitch, by wrapping around it, rather than being inserted into the reciever. so you can have a bike rack, + tow a trailer.

you could also probably put a couple of bikes inside the trailer...
We regularly haul two adult beach cruiser inside our trailer with no ill effects. You may want to put something on the upholstery,like an old towel or blanket, to guard against grease from the chain.
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Old 04-01-2004, 06:35 PM   #14
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First, thanks for all the quick replys.

I had heard that you shouldn't hang any weight on the rear of an AS because of rear separation/sag. Then I stumbled upon the following pictures posted by an AS dealer.
Andy won't like that!

That is exactly what I am thinking of doing. However the wheels are a good idea also.
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