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Old 05-12-2015, 10:04 AM   #1
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Bike rack solution - new carrier

I often see people posting who ask for ways to carry bikes. Here is a possibility that puts the weight on the frame and hitch, as opposed to the Fiamma rack that puts the weight on the tail

Stromberg Carlson Bike Bunk Trailer-Mounted Bike Rack Carrier for A-Frame Trailers - 2"-100 lbs Stromberg Carlson Trailer Cargo Control CC-275

Not an issue for me, personally, as I can put bikes inside my van.
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Old 05-12-2015, 11:08 AM   #2
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I often see people posting who ask for ways to carry bikes. Here is a possibility that puts the weight on the frame and hitch, as opposed to the Fiamma rack that puts the weight on the tail

Stromberg Carlson Bike Bunk Trailer-Mounted Bike Rack Carrier for A-Frame Trailers - 2"-100 lbs Stromberg Carlson Trailer Cargo Control CC-275

Not an issue for me, personally, as I can put bikes inside my van.
Actually, the Fiamma rack mounted in rear, though expensive, works quite well and the added weight on the "back end", is not a bad thing here...it offsets the hitch weight a bit...and your only talking typically, around 30-50~lbs anyway for 2 of today's bikes? You really want to "lighten" the weight on front hitch to equalize the load as much as possible. We store additional offsetting weight (supplies, etc.) under our rear dinette also for this reason.
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Old 05-12-2015, 11:52 AM   #3
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You really want to "lighten" the weight on front hitch to equalize the load as much as possible. We store additional offsetting weight (supplies, etc.) under our rear dinette also for this reason.
Actually you don't want to lighten the weight on the hitch "as much as possible". Insufficient weight on the hitch with too much weight behind the trailer axles increases the potential for trailer sway. If you are going to use a hitch mount bike rack as I have for 8 years, you want a TV that can handle the hitch weight and combined payload.

However, this new mounting system looks like it could use a third leg for support.
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Old 05-12-2015, 12:10 PM   #4
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I checked and the Stromberg Carlson Bike Bunk Trailer-Mounted Bike Rack Carrier will not fit over the larger propane tanks on our trailer.
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Old 05-13-2015, 06:36 AM   #5
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Actually you don't want to lighten the weight on the hitch "as much as possible". Insufficient weight on the hitch with too much weight behind the trailer axles increases the potential for trailer sway. If you are going to use a hitch mount bike rack as I have for 8 years, you want a TV that can handle the hitch weight and combined payload.

However, this new mounting system looks like it could use a third leg for support.
Your correct; I am thinking it already is close to 1000 lbs and with chairs and such up front, tools, chocks, etc, it can go over if not careful; most folks aren't going to load the rear that much (I hope)! But you never know. Thanks for correcting...
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It may not have to go over the propane tanks. It may fit behind the propane tanks.
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I bought and returned a Stromberg Carlson Bike Bunk hitch bike mount. I decided the tanks are so tall that the bikes would also need to be mounted high, making putting them on and off the bike racks around the tongue and tanks very difficult. Also, the hitch length on my 99 Safari 25 is pretty short, and my expensive bikes could possibly get crushed against my Expedition while turning and backing up. So, I've gone back to my old board with a couple of fork mount brackets that fits 2 bikes side by side either in the trailer or the truck while towing.
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Looks like a mishap waiting to happen, if you have a cap on the TV.

you may need a ladder to install the bikes.

the rear bike rack looks better to me

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Kinda like the Arvika system but you have to purchase the rack that slides into the receiver, so you'd have to add that to the cost.

I have the Arvika system and it appears a more integrated solution for an Airstream but at a higher cost. Since its a Canadian company the exchange rates are better now so it should be cheaper than when I purchased in 2013.

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Add ons: bike rack; awnings

Any thoughts/comments/recommendations/suggestions regarding the restrictions in permanently attaching the (2 bike) Fiammama bike-carry? Just got a price on one w installation but are proceeding cautiously not understanding all the limitations of opening the back window & whether the bumper storage can be accessed with that bike rack loaded. Also contemplatiing awnings all the way around...thoughts/comments/recommendations/suggestions on those? Or are they just one more thing that adds to the set up/down process?

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Not the best picture, but the Thule 500xt Xsporter Pro truck bed rack works well with the trailer:
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Old 05-13-2015, 02:14 PM   #12
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Any thoughts/comments/recommendations/suggestions regarding the restrictions in permanently attaching the (2 bike) Fiammama bike-carry? Just got a price on one w installation but are proceeding cautiously not understanding all the limitations of opening the back window & whether the bumper storage can be accessed with that bike rack loaded. Also contemplatiing awnings all the way around...thoughts/comments/recommendations/suggestions on those? Or are they just one more thing that adds to the set up/down process?

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We have both Fiamma and awnings all around. Very happy. 2014' 25' FC. No issues with bumper access.
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Anyone ever see a front mount bike rack for a Sprinter/Airstream???? We have a box on the back 2" receiver but sure would like to bring the bikes along. Any ideas would be appreciated.
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Fabricated board for hauling bikes inside AS

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I bought and returned a Stromberg Carlson Bike Bunk hitch bike mount. I decided the tanks are so tall that the bikes would also need to be mounted high, making putting them on and off the bike racks around the tongue and tanks very difficult. Also, the hitch length on my 99 Safari 25 is pretty short, and my expensive bikes could possibly get crushed against my Expedition while turning and backing up. So, I've gone back to my old board with a couple of fork mount brackets that fits 2 bikes side by side either in the trailer or the truck while towing.
I'd love to see a picture of the "board" that you fabricated to hold two bikes inside your AS please - sounds like a good idea to me.
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