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Old 02-16-2015, 09:04 AM   #1
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Rear receiver for bike rack?

After considering the $500 A/S bike rack that blocks the rear bumper and storage compartments, I'm searching for a 2" receiver that will bolt on to accept my fold-down bike rack. At less than 75 pounds total weight, I don't have the usual concerns about tail sag and such. The wide mount rear receivers for RVs that I've found have mounting plates with sizes and hole patterns that don't adapt to the frame extensions and bumper storage. Short of a custom build, any suggestions.

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Old 02-16-2015, 09:12 AM   #2
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The previous owner of my Bambi II made a custom mount. Runners were welded to the mount and frame to strengthen the set up. I do not know if it actually worked, I never carried anything back there.

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Old 02-16-2015, 09:57 AM   #3
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75 lbs is actually a lot of weight to put on a frame mounted hitch behind your Airstream simply because the Airstream frames alone are not designed to handle this. The admittedly overpriced Airstream approved frame (made by Fiama) uses the monocoque construction of your Airstream to handle the weight of the bike rack. Simply using the trailer's steel frame alone while not using the body of the trailer defeats the purpose of the monocoque construction and will lead to floor separation.

Before you go this route, I would respectfully suggest that you use the search tool and read up on the subject (this topic has been discussed ad nauseam on the forum.) Your "$500 savings" could eventually end up trashing your Airstream.

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Old 03-03-2015, 09:20 PM   #4
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I designed and fabricated my own and got roundly critized for doing so. But like you, if 75 pounds makes that sort of difference, i bought the wrong trailer. You can search for my posts to see sime j pegs of whati came up with.
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