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Old 03-15-2010, 09:21 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,

My husband and I are thinking of purchasing a 16' Airstream Sport. He loves to bike, and has an expensive, lightweight racing bike that he will want to bring along on our travels. Right now we have a bike rack on the roof of our Honda Accord, but obviously that will not do as a towing vehicle. I was hoping to get a TV that's not too huge -- nothing bigger than a Ford Explorer.

But, how to deal with the bike? The bike could potentially fit in the Explorer on its side, or maybe even upright if we remove the bicycle seat. But that's a bit awkward. And I suppose you could put a roof rack on top of an SUV, but it would be awfully high up. Is it possible to secure a bike inside the Airstream? Or, somehow secure a bike rack on the back of the the Airstream?

I would love any advice on how to secure a bike, and/or on mid-size TVs that might be better than an Explorer with regard to the bike. Thanks in advance!

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Old 03-15-2010, 09:36 PM   #2
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Hi everyone,

My husband and I are thinking of purchasing a 16' Airstream Sport. He loves to bike, and has an expensive, lightweight racing bike that he will want to bring along on our travels. Right now we have a bike rack on the roof of our Honda Accord, but obviously that will not do as a towing vehicle.

Jennifer
We tow our 23' with a car no larger than your Accord. A pro set up and works great.
We are also avid bikers and take our two bikes wherever we travel. In our case the bikes go in the Airstream but could go on the roof of the car if we installed racks.

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This is a good thread that has a bunch of good ideas for you:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/bike-racks-on-airstream-56170.html

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Thanks for your quick response. Looks like you have the bikes secured with bungy cords? What are they attached to, so they don't tip over? I like that rubber mat on the floor -- that would work nicely to protect the floors.
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Roger -- that link is not working for some reason. I'd love to get to it. Can you try re-posting?
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Roger -- never mind, I was able to get to it another way. Thanks!!
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Thanks for your quick response. Looks like you have the bikes secured with bungy cords? What are they attached to, so they don't tip over? I like that rubber mat on the floor -- that would work nicely to protect the floors.
Yes Jennifer, you have a sharp eye. Bungy cords easily stretch over to the side window curtain rail. Works great, haven't lost a bike yet, lol!
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OK, Roger's link makes me realize this has been discussed quite a bit on these forums! (And to think I couldn't find a thread on it....) Sorry to beat a dead horse, so to speak.
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Jennifer,
I'm really glad you brought it up -- every worthwhile topic is worth rehashing. It'd be pretty boring if everyone just went into library browsing mode and never talked.

We sold our bikes when we sold everything else. I'd love to have another bike and RR's keep it simple solution could work for us, instead of putting the bike(s) outside.

Thanks for bringing it up -- got me thinking good things again.

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hi jennifer

a few more threads with ideas...

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

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f198...ambi-6827.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f396...ack-32628.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...ong-10399.html

i'd have no issues with 1 bike on the back of bambi...

except that the bike will get dirty, may be stolen or bashed backing into a spot.

IF u already use a roof top rack, consider adding one to the NEXT vehicle used for towing.

i carry INSIDE the stream or INSIDE the truck, but a quality roof rack is still a very GOOD option.

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We are avid bikers.
We have a truck with four Yakima BedHeads installed.

If you plan to boondock you may want to consider a truck so that you have a place to keep a generator.
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i carry a recumbent tandem in my 25 fb or it fits in the back of the truck. in the truck I have to take the rear seat off and it lays on its side. This way the bike is clean and secure during travel. If I can do it with a tandem, any bike should fit. The bike is less than 7 feet.
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Here's my solution that works well for me. The "jigsaw puzzle" effect of the wood pieces locks them in place so it is very stable.
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When we convert Airstream One to bike mode we have two boards like the above shot. Don't leave home without "BikeTight" clamp downs. You'll save a lot of dings on your bike and on your AS.
We travel with one lwb Infinity USS recumbent for me, and a Cannondale wedgie for Julie.
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