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Old 07-27-2012, 01:23 PM   #1
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Fiamma Bike Carrier

Has anyone bought this? I like the idea, but it looks from the photos that:

Dealer installed-- not a do it yourself job
Blocks the rear under bed door
No bikes shown on the rack how easy is it to use?

Please comment.
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:37 PM   #2
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Many have bought these.
Check out the search button near top of page, and enter "bike racks". There is lots of info there that will answer your questions.
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Old 07-29-2012, 09:16 PM   #3
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Has anyone bought this? I like the idea, but it looks from the photos that:

Dealer installed-- not a do it yourself job
Blocks the rear under bed door
No bikes shown on the rack how easy is it to use?

Please comment.
1. We purchased the bike rack but we had it installed by Texas Vintage Trailers (TOP here on the forums).
2. It really doesn't block our rear storage compartment. Even with the bikes on the rack we still have access into the compartment.
3. The bikes are very easy to place on the rack and remove from the rack.

We are very pleased with the bike rack and would definitely do it again. One of the best purchases we have made for our Airstream.
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:42 AM   #4
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Installed it myself. The instruction are photos only - no words. It's pretty easy to follow and all of their holes line up. I had to use a flat file and notch out a couple of couplers to allow the hing to swing up all the way when it's in the closed position.
To make it easier to access the bumper storage, I added a spacer between the mounting bracket and the side of the storage compartment. This allows the lid to clear the carriage bolts.
No instructions or screws are provided for mounting to the back side of the trailer, so there I had to use knowledge obtained from previous life experiences.
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Old 12-04-2012, 03:19 PM   #5
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I like what I have seen regarding this Fiamma rack but I find the website frustrating and difficult to navigate through. Where can I find more information on this. We have a 2001 AS Excella. It has the underbumper drawer at the rear and the storage compartment with rear drop down door. I would need to make sure that the rack would not restrict access when installed.
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Old 12-06-2012, 02:06 PM   #6
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I like what I have seen regarding this Fiamma rack but I find the website frustrating and difficult to navigate through. Where can I find more information on this.
Airstream Carry-Bike by Fiamma Bike Rack for Travel Trailer RV Thule Yakima - YouTube

https://store.airstream.com/product_...roducts_id=623

Airstream Partners with Fiamma to Develop Bike Carrier | RV Industry News

Airstream Teams with Fiamma to Develop Unique Bike Carrier | Vogel Talks RVing

Will these help?
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Old 12-06-2012, 02:39 PM   #7
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We bought one, and I installed it in about 2 hours.

The only negative info I have seen about the bike rack is mounting one on the trailers with the rear drawers. There is nothing mechanically wrong with the way it mounts, but it is not as aesthetically clean as the trailers with the flat lids.
Notice in the picture how the tubes mount.
The rack works great. It is easy to mount the bikes, and no more laying them in the truck bed.

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Old 12-06-2012, 05:26 PM   #8
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and ... be reminded that the low pressure area behind your AS pulls in road spray and dust / debris which then finds its way into all of your greased / oiled parts of the bikes ... OK if they are inexpensive ones, but not where we want to carry ours on the roads around here ... ymmv.
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:35 PM   #9
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I have seen it on both new and older units. I think it looks horrible. The brackets don't seem to fit, looks like an ill fitting afterthought, not something engineered to fit our Airstreams. The bracket on the bumper area simply is wrong. It hangs off the bumper, none of the angles are esthetically pleasing.

There has to be something better.

Personally, I would never have my carbon fiber bikes hanging of the back of anything... theft, UV damage, road spray, not to mention the stress of banging around.
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:23 PM   #10
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I wonder if anyone makes a zipper bag so that you can protect your Xpensive bikes when suspended on a rear mounted bike rack ?????

I would like to see one of these racks in person before judging their aesthetics.
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:44 PM   #11
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I had a Fiamma rack on the back of my VW camper and I thought it looked good, and the bikes rode high enough to keep them fairly clean, even in rain. I was sure I would get one on the Airstream.

Then I looked at them actually mounted on Airstreams and decided not for us. They look gangly and out of character on the smooth lines of the Airstream, especially when the bikes are not on them. Really aftermarket, a rather lousy design effort. And they sit low picking up much of the wet crud you may go through in a light rain. We never leave home without the bikes, but put them in the back of the pickup.

On the other hand, talking to those who have them, they apparently work very well and are convenient to use. They are a practical solution for those who tow with other than a pickup.

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Old 12-07-2012, 08:44 AM   #12
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We tow with a pick-up but it has a cap on it. I find it clumsy and a PITA to put bikes in and out. That's why I'm looking for a " Better Way". I've thought about a front mounted rack but really don't like those.
SO, Still lookin.
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We keep them on top of the truck cap. It takes about a minute to take them down.
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:33 AM   #14
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I have a bunch of old Zip Dee hardware (brackets, poles, and locks) the PO of my airstream left for me. I had often thought of creating a bike rack from these parts. My thinking is that all these parts already exist on my trailer. The Zip Dee stuff looks like it all belongs on an Airstream as it is.

I'll get to a proto-type this winter. I do have a big Thule bag for bicycle transport, however I fear it would obscure my rear lights, creating a hazard.
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