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Old 03-12-2016, 06:44 PM   #1
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We're full-timers, currently in a MH that tows a Jeep. On the Jeep is a bike rack with our two bikes. If we switch to an Airstream, the bed of the pickup will be pretty much taken up with the tools, etc. that is in the basement. There will be a cap on the bed. I haven't looked at all of the Airstreams for sale, but so far I don't think I've seen one with a receiver for a bike rack on the bumper. Such a truck is 6' 7" tall, so putting bikes on the roof of the cap doesn't seem like a reasonable solution. So how DO I take the bikes?
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Old 03-16-2016, 07:11 PM   #2
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We put ours in the Airstream but a rack would sure be much nicer! However, at $500
I can put them in and out a few times!
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Some do it, but airstreams aren't made to support a receiver in the back. Search for rear separation.

Fiamma does make a rack for the back though.
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Old 03-16-2016, 07:25 PM   #4
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Thanks. I've heard that some people have some sort of dual receiver (over/under) that lets one put the bike rack on the upper receiver and the trailer hitch on the lower. Would that be an option? Remember that we're talking a late 90's/early 2000's 34' coach, gross weight approximately 10,000 pounds.
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Old 03-16-2016, 07:28 PM   #5
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Lots of threads on this

We have had the Airstream Fiamma bike rack on the back a few years, easy to use and no problems.
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Old 03-16-2016, 08:19 PM   #6
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I recognize you said you have a cap. If you ever switch to a hard tonneau you might carry the bikes on top of it. Here's our set up:

http://www.airforums.com/photos/show...&cutoffdate=-1

It's an advantage sport rack designed to ride in the bed. I've adapted it with brackets that bolt into my Tundra's cargo rail.
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Yes, the truck will have to have a cap since the truck bed will be filled with the tools, etc. that currently live in the basement of the MH.
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Some folks put a hitch on the front of the truck, and then a bike rack on the front. I'm going to be doing that in the near future.
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We have been using a front receiver hitch bike rack for 12 years. I believe when you have a truck that there is no other way to go, but that's me.
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Front receiver works well for us.


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The major issue with the Fiamma rear mounted bike rack on many models of Airstreams is the rear window in the bedroom is also the emergency escape hatch and the bikes block the operation of that functionality.
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I've heard that some people have some sort of dual receiver (over/under) that lets one put the bike rack on the upper receiver and the trailer hitch on the lower. Would that be an option? Remember that we're talking a late 90's/early 2000's 34' coach, gross weight approximately 10,000 pounds.
I would not do that with a 34' trailer unless you are sure your receiver can handle the additional weight of bicycles and associated hardware. That's all pure tongue weight at that point.
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The major issue with the Fiamma rear mounted bike rack on many models of Airstreams is the rear window in the bedroom is also the emergency escape hatch and the bikes block the operation of that functionality.
Only when the bikes are mounted, but if it bothers you just keep a hammer in the bedroom. That'll get the window out of the way. The rear mount bikes are so convenient, it's worth a work-around to carry them there.

We have used a rear mount Fiamma rack on our campers for 20 years, wouldn't do it any other way. Tried carrying them in the pickup bed, works okay but not convenient. Too many bug splatters to carry them in front. Adds undesirable hitch weight to carry on trailer tongue. Too hard on interior finish and no room for us to put them inside.
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After looking over all the options and considerations, and learning about the shell separation issue, I broke down and bought the Fiamma from Airstream yesterday.

Was not seriously expecting to drop 2K on bikes over the past month, but there it is. I just couldn't come up with anything better than they Fiamma. I don't want $800 bikes on my truck in a Walmart parking lot.

On the back of the Airstream, I can use a heavy duty chain and cover them and not worry about them being in the way when not in use. Which currently they are.



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