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Old 04-07-2013, 05:33 PM   #1
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Is there a way to put a bicycle rack on the back of a 2003 25' Classic?

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Relatively new to enjoying an Airstream, brand new to the Forum. Our 2003 25' Classic has that integral bumper with the storage drawer. There isn't room to put a bicycle rack between the tow vehicle and the propane tanks; the only place I can think of is behind the trailer. I've heard there's a way to create a frame, extending from the trailer frame, that clears the back bumper. But when a friend made some inquiries at the local welding shop he was told I was asking for trouble and it would bottom out all the time, eventually ripping off. I sure could use some suggestions from all you experienced folks out there!
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Old 04-07-2013, 05:37 PM   #2
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There is an aluminum rack that AS offers. Check with your dealer to get fit details. I've also seen receiver styles, too.
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:12 PM   #3
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:17 PM   #4
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The front of your tow vehicle could be an option, but probably only if you tow with a truck or similar large vehicle.

I have been doing that for the last fifteen years with never a problem.

Front mounted hitches are readily available for trucks.

It might not be a good solution if you have very expensive bikes though.

We just travel with inexpensive mountain bikes that suit our purposes fine and e don't care about road dirt or bugs etc. Just wash them off when we arrive if needed.

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Sorry, I'm technologically illiterate -- what are you suggesting I do and how do I get there?
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Sorry, I'm technologically illiterate -- what are you suggesting I do and how do I get there?
draggootom..... Airstream now sells a bike rack made by Fiamma for $451.03. If you click on the link at the end of this sentence it will take you do a video made at the Airstream factory on how to install it. How to assemble a bike rack - YouTube
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Old 04-14-2013, 03:48 AM   #8
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I'm embarrassed to have forgotten her name but someone in this forum posted pics of a mod she made to her table that includes front fork clips and she travels with her bikes in the trailer. Looks ideal from my perspective. There are several bike rack threads in this forum and her solution with pics is in there somewhere... Good luck!
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I tried that once, made a wheel rack clamped between the dinette seats to hold the bikes. Table had to be removed and laid on the bed. It works. Except when you want to stop and have lunch in the trailer and if you don't mind muddy mountain bikes in the trailer.
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Old 04-15-2013, 11:24 PM   #10
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Airstream bike rack

Good ideas out there but still nothing that appears to work well. The Fiamma rack won't work on my Classic because there aren't any exposed back bumper frame rails like the video shows. And the Top Pop looks interesting. But one thing I failed to mention is that we have a Bike Friday tandem so when I break it down I only have one wheel per track. I'm thinking I'm going to have to try the front receiver hitch on our Yukon XL and hang my Bike Friday halves up there. Funny, when we bought the tandem we weren't considering where we'd carry the cotton-pickin' thing; too much wine before the auction, I'd say.

Thanks all for your help.
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Getting the bike rack installed on my new 27fb...

Draggootom - was at Colonial Airstream this past weekend, they now make an adapter to use the bike rack on older Airstream Classics while the new Classics now have the number akin to the Internationals...
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I'm the one that added the fork mounts to my table setup. Simply drill holes for the screws under you seat cushions. I used wing nuts so that they can be removed easily at my destination but, honestly, I've never removed them. I just throw the cushion on top of them.

You can buy the fork mounts at any sporting goods store or on Amazon. 2 of them will set you back about $40.

Here are a couple photos of my setup.

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I'm the one that added the fork mounts to my table setup.

Here are a couple photos of my setup.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lcurrie...7627846705267/

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Thanks, Lynn - sorry for the brain cramp and being too lazy to search to find you :-/

I really love your solution. My wife and I have a pair of Trek Bonnie and Clyde cruisers and had a similar setup inside our Hyundai Santa Fe. Great way to get to the trails, unpack and go. I'm seriously thinking of this for our AS - but have to figure out what life on the road with our pooch is going to be like. She's a bloodhound and is totally controlled by her nose - not the best bike along companion (but wonderful in every other possible way!)
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No worries, Steve.

I had been wracking my brain for months, trying to figure out a way to bring the bikes along. i had read all of the solutions, but didn't like any of them. I hated the thought of putting them on the front of the vehicle - too many bugs, too much additional "stopping room" that I might have conveniently forgotten about. I didn't like the idea of putting them on top of the car - this was guaranteed to either crush them as I went into some low overhang or crush me while trying to get them up there. And all the other solutions, they just seemed complicated.

So I started dreaming about how I could put them inside the trailer with those fork mounts. I was tossing around ideas of how to attach them in the hallway to a piece of wood lodged somewhere (because I didn't want to put a hole in the floor), or bungeeing them to the stove, or, who knows? One night, at about 2 a.m. I came up with this solution. It was easy, cheap and took me about 20 minutes to put together.

The only problem is that you have one more thing to load and unload in the AS.

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