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Old 04-11-2016, 11:10 PM   #1
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Bike Rack

Anybody use the Bike Bunk on their trailer frame? We have two bikes we want to tow with us.

Stromberg Carlson Bike Bunk Trailer-Mounted Bike Rack Carrier for A-Frame Trailers - 2"-100 lbs

Here is a link to one website that features it.

http://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Carg...74waAmEH8P8HAQ

If not anything similar or better? didn't want to spend the $1500 to have the Airstream Bike rack in back.

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Old 04-12-2016, 05:46 AM   #2
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Have not seen the one you referenced. We use this one, I've had it for four years, just mounted it on our trailer last fall. Well made, comes apart very easily. Bikes are held nice and tight on the rack. Good customer service.

http://www.arvika.ca/index.php/us/

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Old 04-12-2016, 01:47 PM   #3
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We too are fans of Arvika, made here in Canada. We've had a 3-bike rack on our trailer for a few years now.







They're durable, highly configurable, and easy to use. On the other hand, they are not cheap and the website leaves a lot to be desired.
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Old 04-12-2016, 02:11 PM   #4
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Check the airstream forum classified section under specialty products, there is a listing on Feb. 6, 2016 for an Arvika rack for $100.00. AEW
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Seems like an awkward place to lift the bikes to when putting them up or taking them down. No?
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Old 05-09-2016, 06:39 PM   #6
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I have the 23FB can you respond to some questions? Does it interfere with opening windows, getting to and filling propane, turning or viewing AS when driving, how about added tongue weight?
Don't know if many AS people go with this option.
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Old 05-24-2016, 07:17 PM   #7
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plus they cause a LOT of wind drag.. they are probably 2-3 mpg off the usual low when hauling a tt. it disrupts the airflow over a airstream for sure.

I was trying to figure how to mount rack on back of 2005 classic with queen bed.
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I have used the Arvika for 5 years. I like it.
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Interested to know how where you able to measure the effect of having bikes on the tongue, did you measure mph w/o bike and bike rack and then with? Thanks

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I have the 23FB can you respond to some questions? Does it interfere with opening windows, getting to and filling propane, turning or viewing AS when driving, how about added tongue weight?
Don't know if many AS people go with this option.
Answer to your questions:

1. Yes the front large window cannot be opened with the bikes in place. Not a big deal for us as that window is seldom opened.

2. Removing propane bottles is not possible with the bikes in place, bikes need to be removed, tracks for bikes lifted up towards the trailer and then propane bottles can be removed.

3. Turning could be an issue with an SUV or a Pick Up with a full cap on it. We have a flat fiberglass cover on our F350 and it's not an issue so far.

4. Viewing not an issue.

5. Tongue weight is basically increased by the weight of the bikes and rack.

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Old 05-25-2016, 09:39 AM   #12
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Does anyone have a recommendation for a bike rack that will handle a recumbent bike? Ideally, I would like install one on top of my hard tonneau cover on the back of the truck
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I believe Thule/Yakima make recumbent racks to fit their roof bars. You can mount the roof rack bars to your tonneau cover or to the side rails of the truck bed.
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Thank you Mojo! I will check out their site.
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