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Old 05-26-2013, 09:06 AM   #29
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Our Fiamma has carried bikes for over 6000 miles so far on the back of our 2012 International. No problems. Easy on and off. Very secure with little or no movement once the bikes are secured with the cinch straps.
And the aerodynamics of the Airstream leaves the bikes with much less road grime than when I had bikes on the rear of my Class C.
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Old 05-26-2013, 09:11 AM   #30
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Road grime would be my biggest concern.

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Old 06-09-2013, 08:05 AM   #31
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I'm thinking this bike rack is the best solution for me.

What is the length of the tire channels on this rack. I don't have any bikes yet but the wheelbases seem to range from 43" to 46".

Does AS charge sales tax for online orders? Do you save the shipping cost by ordering the bike rack from an AS dealer?

Has anyone used a cover on the bikes while towing?

When drilling into the rivet line for the top brackets do all four screws go into a frame member or only the outboard screws? If the inboard screws only go into the outside aluminum skin can the hole be stripped if tightened too much?

When installing the brackets on the bumper of a Classic do they use screws or nuts an bolts?

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Old 06-09-2013, 02:06 PM   #32
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Haven't really looked too closely at these but I did call the local dealer here in NJ. They have them in stock and will sell /install for $700. I see no problem with the cover EXCEPT that it might block the taillights so beware of that. Good idea though if they are not blocked. I'd like to see one installed up close before I'd pay that much to have them do it. I really can't see it being very difficult to put on.
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Old 06-09-2013, 04:30 PM   #33
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I don't think my husband would agree that it was all that easy to put the bike rack on our 2011 34' classic.....I thought he was going to commit an unthinkable act today...he was very frustrated with the design and assembly of the rack and it came without bolts.....

My husband has been a mechanic for over 34 years. He has worked for dealerships, independent garages and currently works for a racing school training other mechanics.....and he was completely toast today by the time he was done. He finally gave up after getting three of the four bolts in.......hope it holds!
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Old 06-09-2013, 06:03 PM   #34
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Maybe having the dealer put it on is not so bad a thought afterall. I was hoping to get a closer look at one while at the Florida Rally back in Feb. There were some there but I never got around to it.
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Old 06-09-2013, 06:52 PM   #35
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While camping the weekend before memorial day I saw a gentleman staring at the back of my trailer and the he started to approach the trailer. I flew out the trailer thinking I had an issue with the trailer. After speaking with the fellow I found out he was taken with the Fiamma bike rack and it's design. The bike rack works well and if I didn't have it I would not have take my bikes, mine was thrown in as a deal sweetener and I am glad it was.
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:52 AM   #36
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I don't think my husband would agree that it was all that easy to put the bike rack on our 2011 34' classic.....I thought he was going to commit an unthinkable act today...he was very frustrated with the design and assembly of the rack and it came without bolts.....

.....and he was completely toast today by the time he was done. He finally gave up after getting three of the four bolts in.......hope it holds!
Are you referring to the bolts to attached the bumper mounts or all the bolts that connect the tubing?

If its the bumper mounts, do you have to partially disassemble the bumper corners to install them?

After looking at the AS video installation of the bike rack it appears to me the installation might be easies on the Safari, Intl, and FC vs the Classics just due to the bumper. I wish AS would make a video showing how to install the brackets on the Classic bumper

Doesn't putting bikes on the back of any vehicle tends to block or partially block the tail lights yet companies are allowed to manufacture hitch bike racks too. Of the photos I've seen with the rack installed with a couple of bikes they do partially obscure the taillights. Anyone get pulled over by the police?

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Old 06-10-2013, 12:25 PM   #37
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We added the bike rack and it works as intended. Clears the rear storage door fine.
A good addition in MHO.
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Old 06-10-2013, 01:57 PM   #38
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At first I didn't like the look of it back there but I'm getting used to it. Perhaps because I have seen several now, it's shiny silver with a touch of red, and Wally even had one.

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Old 06-10-2013, 02:46 PM   #39
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Hi Big Mike. From the photo it seems that your trailer does not have a rear cabinet door to open. Ours has a full width door that opens downward for storage access as well as a sliding drawer below the bumper. Now the rack looks to not interfere with the bumper storage drawer but do you think it would obstruct the cabinet door from opening ???
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Hi Big Mike. From the photo it seems that your trailer does not have a rear cabinet door to open. Ours has a full width door that opens downward for storage access as well as a sliding drawer below the bumper. Now the rack looks to not interfere with the bumper storage drawer but do you think it would obstruct the cabinet door from opening ???
Since I only have the bumper storage, I have no idea if it would obstruct a cabinet door. All I know is everything is clear on ours.....
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:24 AM   #41
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With a bike mounted in the inboard channel, do you have to loosen the handle bars of the bike to turn them away from the Airstream to make the bike fit without scrapping the skin?

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Old 06-18-2013, 06:37 AM   #42
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With a bike mounted in the inboard channel, do you have to loosen the handle bars of the bike to turn them away from the Airstream to make the bike fit without scrapping the skin?

Kelvin
I can't answer for anyone else but my mountain bike fits in the inner channel without hitting anything at all. Bar end is about 2" from the rear window. Our bikes have traveled about 10000 miles in the past year this way with no trouble at all...
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