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Old 12-15-2007, 07:15 AM   #29
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It's a company called Top Pop out of the Montreal area. Mine is being shipped now. Price $490 including shipping. They went to some extra effort to outfit for Airstreams to extend over the propane tank, etc. As soon as it comes in and I try it out, I'll post more info. If it works, they will probably put it into their lineup.
Here is their web site for anyone who is interested. I think I'll give them a call.

http://www.toppoprails.com/Traveltrailer.htm
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Old 12-15-2007, 09:15 AM   #30
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Nice rig P&J.

We went with a custom bumper bike rack developed by our dealer - Can-AM RV. I posted a few detailed photo's in my photo album - just do a search for Garfield.

It's a 2-bike Top Pop fold-up rack custom mounted using Zip-Dee hardware. The rack only weighs a few pounds. Two typical bikes will add 70 lbs but they carry close to the rear of the bumper which reduces stress on the frame/chassie. This solution weighs far less than a typical 2" receiver solution. Can-Am developed this years ago and have experienced no problems. It does make access to the bumper storage and rear storage area more cumbersome, but compared to all the alternatives this was the best solution for us.


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Old 12-15-2007, 09:53 AM   #31
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Nice looking rack Garfield. Is that your Airstream? It looks brand new!

Note many late model bikes now can weigh under 25lbs each.
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Old 12-15-2007, 10:55 AM   #32
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Nice looking rack Garfield. Is that your Airstream? It looks brand new!

Note many late model bikes now can weigh under 25lbs each.
Thanks Wayne! Yes, Can-Am really does good work.

We were very fortunate to find a 2001 in such great shape. I'm wondering if the previous owner stored it indoors, but as you can see the exterior is essentially new. Not bad for a 7 year old trailer!

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Old 12-15-2007, 11:23 AM   #33
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Really nice looking Safari, Garfield. I like the bike rack too. The only problem is with my Classic i woundn't be able to get into the rear storage comartment. The bike rack made by Pop Top Rails looks very interesting, and I'll be keeping my eyes on this tread to see how that rack works out.
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We were very fortunate to find a 2001 in such great shape. I'm wondering if the previous owner stored it indoors, but as you can see the exterior is essentially new. Not bad for a 7 year old trailer!
That is for sure. Very
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Old 12-15-2007, 01:07 PM   #35
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How much did the "rack" cost you at the time?
Also, does the dealer have them for sale?

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Old 12-15-2007, 02:42 PM   #36
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bikes on the back of anything...

doesn't matter 2 me if bikes mounted on the rear hurt the trailer or not...

because it's a cruel way to treat a decent bike!

with so much sand and salt and dirt and water and muck collected back there...

i prefer a location that protects them from these elements, like inside the shell or trailer.

even rooftop racks have issues but at least it's mostly wind and rain up there.

decent bikes deserve better than frontmountbugcrust or rearmountsandandmuck.

didn't someone say...

"we can judge a society by how it treats the bicycles"

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Old 12-15-2007, 02:55 PM   #37
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Really nice looking Safari, Garfield. I like the bike rack too. The only problem is with my Classic i woundn't be able to get into the rear storage comartment. The bike rack made by Pop Top Rails looks very interesting, and I'll be keeping my eyes on this tread to see how that rack works out.
You might want to call Can-Am to see what they think. IIRC Andy Thomson (owner of Can-Am) talked about this back in 2003, so it's been around for a while.
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Old 12-15-2007, 03:02 PM   #38
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How much did the "rack" cost you at the time?
Also, does the dealer have them for sale?

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To be honest I don't rightly know the exact cost as it was included part of the deal when we bought the trailer - probably best to email/call Can-Am.

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It looks like a good way to avoid photo-radar tickets also
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Old 12-15-2007, 03:41 PM   #40
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doesn't matter 2 me if bikes mounted on the rear hurt the trailer or not...

because it's a cruel way to treat a decent bike!
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As usual 2air makes a valid point. Carrying bikes at the back of the trailer is not the best for either the bikes or the trailer, but everything is a trade-off.

We still need to take four bikes when our kids come along and there's only room for two inside the trailer, so this solution allows that. You can also put a rack on the A-frame but the A-frame on our Safari is really short and it's much messier to do. I also looked into mounting a 2" receiver in front of the Yukon, but that solution has plenty of drawbacks too (like having to take the seats off to see the road properly for example). Since we carry the canoe on top of the Yukon that was out.

Of course, everyone's situation is different, but the fact that my DW and I don't have very good bikes helped!
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I have been working with a bike rack company in Canada for the past three months to cutomize a bike rack to fit my Airstream trailer. Basically it is an adjustable system to mount on the trailer front A frame with a rack to hold 2 or 3 bikes. I should be receiving the first prototype next week.

They are designing it to accomodate various Airstream models because they realize we cannot hang bike racks off the rear bumper. They are working to make it adjustable for mounting to allow for WD hitch brackets. The upper tray that holds the bikes over the propane tanks is removable for opening the front window. There will be support arm that attaches to the front jack plus a three point attachment system to secure the bikes to the rack. The extra weight gets assistance from the WD hitch.

So for me towing with a VW Touareg, I can mount the bikes without fear of scratching the car because its about half as high to lift the bikes. And I can still get in the trailer to use the fridge or bathroom while on the road.

Will post more info and pics when it arrives.

Did the bike rack arrive? do you have any pictures?
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