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Old 11-19-2015, 11:31 AM   #15
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msmcv51, what type hitch do you have on the front?
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Old 11-19-2015, 12:35 PM   #16
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I mounted one of these - Curt Front Hitch - 2" Receiver- Part#: CU-31018 - on the front of my F250. The bottom of the receiver is 10" off the ground. We used the bike rack with it last weekend and didn't like it much so I am having mods done to the bike rack.

We are using an older Thule that has a feature that allows it to swing down when mounted on the rear. That allows too much play and we didn't like the bike swaying back and forth as we are going down the road. The bikes also are above the hood and we didn't like it. I took the bike rack to a machine shop and they are going to weld up the hinged section to stop the movement and cut 9" out of the post. We'll see if we like that any better.

Not sure yet if this is going to solve the problem but with regards to the Curt hitch, is was easy to install with no modifications to the truck.
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Old 11-19-2015, 01:34 PM   #17
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Front Bike Rack

Have a trailer hitch mounted on the front of your truck. If you can't find one for your model, go to a farm store that does welding and they'll make one. There are many many bike carriers that fit in a trailer hitch. And, did you know, it's much easier to put a trailer in a tight spot when hitched to the front. You can turn shorter and see better. All farmers know that.
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Old 11-19-2015, 01:41 PM   #18
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I have the Curt front receiver on my Tundra. It was $100. It bolted up in literally 10-15 minutes. Unbolt the tow hooks, put the receiver between the frame and tow hooks, bolt tow hooks back- easy-
The bike rack ends up nearly dead level with the front bumper because it has a slight upward bend/curve. There are no issues with bottoming out or anything like that.
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Old 11-19-2015, 02:41 PM   #19
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John: See my email I sent you. Suggest using the Curt adapter but upside down to get the carrier lower...
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Old 11-19-2015, 04:44 PM   #20
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glcmranger .... Thanks Sue.

akjam ----- are you cutting off 9" from the rack upright because of visibility?
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Old 11-19-2015, 06:58 PM   #21
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Are you familiar with the Airstream Fiamma rack on the back of the trailer. We've been using it for several years and it works very well, bikes stay clean, easy to use.

I bought the Fiamma rack and one of the two brackets that mounts it to the rear panel of the trailer broke the 1st time I used it. A pin that holds the post to the bracket sheared off and broke the lower portion of the bracket. You can not buy just the pin and mounting bracket you have to replace the entire assembly (post, pin and bracket) and it cost $50 for something they probably pay someone in China $5 to manufacture.

I asked Fiamma for a warranty replacement and mentioned that I installed the rack myself after reading the directions and watching the airstream youtube video describing how to install it. They asked me to send them pictures of the brackets as mounted and I did. They rejected the warranty because they said the brackets were not mounted exactly as described in the Airstream video. There is nothing in their own instruction manual that would have alerted me that I did anything wrong. I bought a 5 cent aluminum bolt at lowes and with some creative engineering managed to re-attach the post to the bracket. It has held for the last 20,000 miles. I will never buy another Fiamma product. The rack is way over priced for what you get and they will not warranty any part defective or not.
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Old 11-20-2015, 07:45 AM   #22
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If you are focused only on a front mount, you can ignore this post. After considering a front mount, and the AS approved rear mount racks, we chose a rack from Arvika, a Canadian company. The rack is installed on the front A-frame and seats the bikes above the propane tanks. We love it.
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Old 11-20-2015, 08:00 AM   #23
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Thanks Bob. I had checked those out some time ago. Good idea but does not work for us. I would have to get out a ladder, that puts it in the way too inconvenient column. I am sticking with the front mount, just need to decide which hitch works best on my F250.
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Old 11-20-2015, 09:51 AM   #24
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Yes, I installed the Curt mount such that the receiver was in its lowest possible position which resulted in the 10" clearance from ground level. Once we mounted the bike on the rack, we had two issues - the sway induced by the movement of the rack due to the pivot mechanism (the rack has a bolt through the receiver so that is tight) and the height of the bikes above the hood of the truck. Hopefully, dropping the rack by 9" will alleviate that problem. The next step would be to remove the seats when travelling but hopefully we won't have to do that.
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Old 11-20-2015, 10:19 AM   #25
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I tightened all bolts on the bike rack and put a length of pool noodle between the rack and the bumper. There is no movement.
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Jim, thanks for the measurement. Please let me know how it works out after you cut those 9" off. Pictures would be great.

Did you have to remove the bumper or two hooks with that Curt model?
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Will do. The install was easy. No need to remove tow hooks or bumper. You can download the installation instructions from the Curt website before you order.
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John,
Picked up the modified rack yesterday and here is what it looks like with the bikes mounted. There is about 7" of clearance between ground and bike tire when level. I have been running around town today with the bikes mounted and it works great. If I were going down a rough road, I could easily remove both front tires and there would be no chance of bottoming out.

BTW, it has been "lab" inspected by Charlie!

Let me know if you have any other questions.
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