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Old 02-21-2015, 01:02 PM   #15
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I juut installed a front receiver on my 2500 Silverado. This is better than the back of an AS
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Old 02-21-2015, 03:49 PM   #16
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Front bike racks: Lessons learned...

I have had two front receivers mounted previously on my '96 Dodge 2500 and '04 Dodge 3500 for transporting up to 4 bikes.

I too encountered some distraction from constant bike movement. To solve this I used to take a wooden stick (or tapered clothes pin) and drive it into the space between the bike rack and hitch mount. Sometimes these temporary "fixes" would fall out and need to be redone. Never had the unit jam and not be able to remove it though.

When I installed the 2nd hitch on the newer vehicle, I spoke to the welding shop staff about this problem. Their suggestion was to drill a single 5/8 hole, tack weld a "nut" on the outside of it and add a matching bolt (3/4" long) for tightening. This acted as a "locking" mechanism. This was done just forward of the normal rack pin hole. It worked great to stop the bouncing bikes. You still get some wiggle on the bigger bumps but overall the movement is much more subdued and no longer acts as much of a distraction.
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Old 02-21-2015, 08:30 PM   #17
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I use a front hitch receiver to carry two bikes and have no problem driving this way. I remove the seats from both bikes and set the bikes on the rack so that the handlebars of both are on the passenger side. Much better than carrying the bikes on the back of your Airstream.
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Old 02-22-2015, 06:36 PM   #18
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We have a front hitch and use a bike rack also. Here are some pics. The out the window pic is with our older F250 but our newer one has a higher hood so you see less of the bikes.
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Old 02-24-2015, 01:00 PM   #19
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we went a different way with out bike rack. We bought an adjustable resin bike rack from REI it is mady by Thule. I can send a picture over the weekend but I do not have one on my computer. We mount it on the pick up bed tail gate. The bottom rests on the bumper, for us the top arms rest on the cover. It is adjustable enough to work with a canopy of you have one. Once the bikes are loaded we tilt the arms up a couple of degrees and there is no risk of the tires coming into contact with the any part of the hitch mechanism and we can not turn tight enough to risk contact with the body of the AS. an added benefit is that we can run a bike lock cable through the bikes and rack and around the tail gate to secure them if we are away from the TT.
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Old 02-24-2015, 02:40 PM   #20
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Front Bike Rack

I need to post on the negative side of the front bumper mount.

I have front mounts on both the F 250 and the Excursion.

I have found that the bikes interfered with the street vision on both vehicles. I posed the question to myself that if an officer of the law stopped me could I convince him that my vision was not obscured. I honestly could not justify taking a chance.

Maybe the OP could borrow one for a test ride with a bike on the front of his tow vehicle to determine how much his front vision would be obscured with the bike(s) mounted on the front.
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Old 02-24-2015, 03:35 PM   #21
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Same Issue

Thought I might have the same issue with the headlights being obstructed by pieces parts of bikes and reverted to using my driving lights and they worked well.


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I need to post on the negative side of the front bumper mount.

I have front mounts on both the F 250 and the Excursion.

I have found that the bikes interfered with the street vision on both vehicles. I posed the question to myself that if an officer of the law stopped me could I convince him that my vision was not obscured. I honestly could not justify taking a chance.

Maybe the OP could borrow one for a test ride with a bike on the front of his tow vehicle to determine how much his front vision would be obscured with the bike(s) mounted on the front.
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Old 02-24-2015, 08:36 PM   #22
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Negative on the front bike mount. Although it is really handy to have the bikes with the tow vehicle, a really good mount in side the Airstream is the safest way to carry the bikes. I carry mine on the roof but only when I am going a short distance in order to use the bike. The rest of the time it is inside. Road salt, gravel, bugs, and miscellaneous garbage will all find their way into the drive train. If it's a cheap bike, maybe it doesn't matter. If it's an expensive carbon fibre road bike, it matters a lot. At least to me. Jim


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Old 02-25-2015, 12:46 PM   #23
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front bike rack

I have a Reese Hitch for the front of my tundra-have used it on a 2009 Tundra and a 2014 Tundra-works great-does not impair my vision-I secure both bikes with straps and bungee cords for added strength-good luck-better than a back mount
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Old 02-25-2015, 10:57 PM   #24
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I am in favor of a front mounted rack also. I have one on my MH. The only distraction I had was the bikes front wheel spinning. The wind would push on the reflector like a windmill and make it spin. A short bungi cord fixed that. Here's a link to my photos.
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