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Old 03-17-2016, 03:41 PM   #15
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Another "yes" vote for the Fiamma bike rack. We love ours. We mount the bikes with one facing left and the other right, slightly staggered to make room for pedals, handlebars and such. It's a bit of a Jenga puzzle, but once you have it worked out, mounting and dismounting the bikes is a breeze.
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Old 03-17-2016, 03:49 PM   #16
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I can appreciate that folks d not want to put very expensive bikes up front, but we just carry a couple of old beat up mountain bikes and so it has been a perfect option for us and we hve carried them on the front of the truck using a front-mounted 2" hitch receiver on three tow vehiclesover the last 18 years. Never had any issues really.

The only minor problem with our current tow vehicle (HD2500) is that I need to throw a tarp on the ground and get under the front of the truck to pull the hitch pin to remove the hitch. Only takes a few seconds though.

Also, I cut down and re-welded the bike rack so that the bike seats and bars are just about level with the top of the truck hood when the bikes are installed. They are still plenty hgh off the ground.


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The Fiamma rack is nice, but the rack is permanently mounted to the trailer and you are limited to whereever you park it.

The Arvika rack slides off the mounting posts and you can have a metal shop make up a bracket so you mount the rack to your hitch and carry the bikes elsewhere.


But the best solution, if you have a pick-up truck is this over the bed rack that still allows you access to the bed and a tonneau cover. It's secure, and bikes are ready to go whereever the truck goes. Plus no excess weight on front or back of trailer.
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Old 03-17-2016, 04:58 PM   #18
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Thanks. I checked out the Airstream Fiamma bike rack and it looks interesting. I'll have to get the weights of our bikes, though, as I think the two of them may be over the 75 pound limit.
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The Fiamma rack is nice, but the rack is permanently mounted to the trailer and you are limited to whereever you park it.

The Arvika rack slides off the mounting posts and you can have a metal shop make up a bracket so you mount the rack to your hitch and carry the bikes elsewhere.


But the best solution, if you have a pick-up truck is this over the bed rack that still allows you access to the bed and a tonneau cover. It's secure, and bikes are ready to go whereever the truck goes. Plus no excess weight on front or back of trailer.
Not a problem for me. I have Thule locking fork mounts on the rails. So pretty easy for me to go one to the other without moving a large rack.

I considered over the bed, but we have Ramboxes, the PW is significantly high and lastly, like I stated, I don't want to have my bikes stuck on the truck everywhere I go.
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I saw this on a trailer the other day. I talked to the owner and got the website: http://www.upnfront.com/ Would something like this work on an Airstream? Basically, it is just a pole mounted to the trailer into which you mount your existing bike rack. I suspect that it would take both of us to put the bikes on/off, but if we can't handle that we probably don't have any business riding bikes.
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Here's the trouble with adding accessories that increase Airstream tongue weight. Late model Airstreams have a tongue weight limit of 1000 lbs. In the case of our 25' Airstream the GVWR is 73000 lbs. You need at least 10% of total trailer weight on the tongue. That means our Airstream tongue must weight between 730 lbs and 1000 lbs. That's a pretty narrow envelope, Airstreams at factory weight will push the upper limit with normal interior loading.

Bicycles added to the tongue will increase tongue weight; bicycles added to the back of the Airstream will decrease tongue weight.
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Thanks, Doug. Looks like we're going to have to come up with something else. It also looks like weight and balance are going to have to be carefully calculated, since a 34' has a gross weight of 9800 pounds, which gives a minimum weight on the hitch of 980 pounds and a maximum of 1000 pounds.
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David, check the Owners Manual for your particular Airstream model to know maximum tongue weight. A 34' is most probably is different than later models, a slide-out model would surely be.
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Old 04-01-2016, 08:08 PM   #24
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The bike rack was on the A/S when we purchased it. Didn't think we would use it much but boy was I wrong!!! bikes go with us every time the trailer heads out.
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Like I said, I ended up buying the Fiamma



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