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Old 12-21-2007, 11:10 AM   #1
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How to place BICYCLE RACK ?

Have a new 2007 25" Safari SE Front Bedroom and would like to carry 2 bicycles on the rig.
My best idea is to place the bikes in some type of support on the rear flat bumper/ storage compartment. Was wondering if anyone has bikes mounted in this location and if so how ?
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Old 12-21-2007, 11:24 AM   #2
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Have a new 2007 25" Safari SE Front Bedroom and would like to carry 2 bicycles on the rig.
My best idea is to place the bikes in some type of support on the rear flat bumper/ storage compartment. Was wondering if anyone has bikes mounted in this location and if so how ?
Thanks Fred
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Installing "anything" on the rear end does two things.

1. Depending on how much weight, it will reduce the tongue weight.

2. It will guarantee you that rear end separation "WILL" take place, which can cost thousands to repair.

Bikes belong in the trailer or in the tow vehicle, only

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Old 12-21-2007, 11:37 AM   #3
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Fred,

You can see my bicycle solution here: http://www.airforums.com/forums/457796-post3.html

This is a Pace-Edwards bed cover with http://www.yakima.com/Default.aspxa landing pads, towers, rails, and bike racks. Worked very well for out last 4K mile trip.

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Old 12-21-2007, 11:51 AM   #4
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Andy,

I agree with your recommendation, but I have a "body-man" (auto and truck body shop) in my Unit that insists that welding a rack to the frame will not cause separation. In fact he has a rack for a small motorcycle welded to the rear of his 27' Safari. It frightens me just to look at it.

He jumped up and down on it and asked me to see if I could see any frame flex, which I couldn't, but then maybe it's too slight for me to detect, and will have some effect over time. He pointed out a 34' in our Unit that has a buckle in front of the triple axel that he says was caused by stress over time on the long frame, but for shorter trailers 27' or less, that won't be a problem. His reasoning is that Airstream's frame builder use the same gauge steel in all trailer frames, so shorter units are stiffer.

Frankly, I like your reason #1 above as justification for not putting anything on the rear. After tuning-up my Equal-i-zer before my last trip, I realize how important proper tongue weight is to anti-sway and handling performance.

Just wondering if you would care to comment from your experience on what my body-man said?

Thanks as always,

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Old 12-21-2007, 11:56 AM   #5
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Comeon Andy lets be realistic.
Integral in the bumper is a storage compartment approx 8" X 8" X 6' long that i could load with over 100 pounds of Axes, Mauls, etc. Bicycles are extremely light, certainly lighter than all the "HEAVY" stuff i could through in the storage compartment. Realistically its a perfect place to place bicycles !
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Old 12-21-2007, 12:13 PM   #6
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hi 'fred

as is the case for every common topic/issue related to 'streamin...

there are easily 50 threads here on this topic...

most of them start with the same basic question...

there are 100s of replies on this issue, photos, how-to'z and warnings...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...-go-38296.html

i think it's a crummy place for bikes...

too much dirt, too easily stolen, reduced access to the truck storage (on rear queen bed units) and another 2 feet of stuff to damage when backing up.

but it's your trailer so have at it!

or learn to use the advanced search tool, and read what's been posted already.

no doubt someone has already tried a location and rack style you'll like.

cheers
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Old 12-21-2007, 12:17 PM   #7
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Comeon Andy lets be realistic.
Integral in the bumper is a storage compartment approx 8" X 8" X 6' long that i could load with over 100 pounds of Axes, Mauls, etc. Bicycles are extremely light, certainly lighter than all the "HEAVY" stuff i could through in the storage compartment. Realistically its a perfect place to place bicycles !
Nope.

Don't ask me, ask those that have been there and done that.

We love to have trailers come into our shop to have the rear end separation repaired, especially when they were told by their peers to not put bikes on the rear, or generators or motorcycles, or even light weight scooters. The repairs get "real" expensive quick, and it is "NOT" covered by insurance, since that damage would be considered "long term."

Laws of Physics apply.

Moment arm is the problem.

Lets see how many others chime in and agree to the "nothing on the rear" statement.

Plus, the Airstream factory also says the same.

But since each individual owns their trailer, they are free to make any choice they wish.

It's always better to not say "I told you so," than to say it.

Good luck with your choices.

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Old 12-21-2007, 01:24 PM   #8
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Laws of Physics apply.
Moment arm is the problem.
Moment arm or not if one or two bicycles cause frame separation then it's a design flaw. I'm not saying it won't happen. In fact I'm quite sure there are a lot of trailers that have suffered this even without having a bike rack. Not being able to drive anywhere with the black water tank full, now that's a pain

2Airs points are equally good reasons to avoid the rear mount. I'll add to that absent mindedness (maybe it's just me ) but it's way to easy to hang a bike or stick something else on the rack and forget to strap it down. "I'll be right back..." Famous last words
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Old 12-21-2007, 02:51 PM   #9
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Not being able to drive anywhere with the black water tank full, now that's a pain
Full holding tanks, both gray and black, are not the cause of rear end separation.

The primary cause is lack of proper running gear balance.

That's why Airstream now places the batteries in front of the trailer, so that they don't get beat to death at the rear end of the trailer, like they use to.

The second cause is excessive tow vehicle stiffness and/or excessive hitch ratings.

The third cause is bad axles.

A fourth reason, is adding weight to the rear end, even bicycles.

A soft ride for the trailer is a "must."

If for any reason, the ride becomes harsh, then in time, an owner will experience many types of damage to the trailer, along with possible rear end separation.

This is not an opinion, but facts learned from running an Airstream Service department for over 40 years.

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Andy, as I've mentioned before, I really like reading your responses. You have struck my curiosity though. Can you explain what "excessive tow vehicle stiffness and/or excessive hitch rating" is?

Thanks.

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Old 12-21-2007, 03:13 PM   #11
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Thanks guys,
Geeze i couldn't find my post topic until i googled it. Still don't know where it is ?
I liked 2airs points. So i won't mount it back there.
Actually had a mount on my old Ford truck - in front of radiator that i used to use when my camper was on my truck. Guess i could do the same thing or put them inside the camper. Can't do anything on top as my boat is generally there.
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Old 12-21-2007, 03:19 PM   #12
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Geeze i couldn't find my post topic until i googled it. Still don't know where it is ?
You may want to use the 'New Posts' search feature...or portal page. 'New Posts' will call up all the threads with posts since your last visit...'Portal' will show the last 25 threads with posts...

To get to either, click the appropriate word(s) in the blue bar right above the ad banner on any page.

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Thanks Sheri, i just stumbled onto the new posts, and found it
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