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Old 02-20-2015, 03:15 PM   #1
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Front mount bike rack, yes or no

I've just sold my 25' International with the Fiamma bike rack. I am now the proud owner of a 30' Classic.. I hesitate to get another Fiamma and mount it on the rear because of the access or lack of to the storage area as well as the warning about the inability to use the emergency beak out rear window. I would appreciate any feed back from those that have used a front mount receiver to attach a bike rack. If someone has mounted the Fiamma on a classic I would be interested in how much access is lost. All advice gratefully accepted.

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Old 02-20-2015, 04:20 PM   #2
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I installed a receiver on the front of our Silverado a couple of years ago to carry our bikes when towing. It has never been a problem. When not towing, the bike rack can be used in the rear receiver.
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Old 02-20-2015, 04:51 PM   #3
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I installed a receiver on the front of our Silverado a couple of years ago to carry our bikes when towing. It has never been a problem. When not towing, the bike rack can be used in the rear receiver.
Thank you for the reply. Is there any problem with vision? Do you have to loosen the handle bars or the seat to see appropriately? Do you have a picture of your set up?

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Old 02-20-2015, 04:58 PM   #4
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Another vote for the front bike rack. We use one on our Ford Expedition. I have no problem with vision but I do remove the seats for both security (don't want them stolen) and somewhat for vision. Sorry, don't have a photo readily available. I find the front rack very convenient. We do use a rack in which the bikes rest on their wheels.
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No photo. Bikes are low enough as not to be a problem. Not necessary to loosen anything. I use small straps from the bikes to the ends of the front bumper to further secure everything. I can still open the hood of necessary.
Care must be taken when entering or leaving driveways when Bikes are on the front.
Care must also be used when parking in a space that has a curb as the receiver does hang a bit low. If/when you hit a curb with the receiver, not that I have ever done that eight or ten times, it causes a very abrupt stop. You will learn to be careful.
Our rack also has the bikes rest on their wheels. The bikes are old and that is the only type of rack that will accommodate both bikes.
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Old 02-20-2015, 05:49 PM   #6
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I have the front hitch on my 06 Silverado and it works very well. I remove the seat(s) to keep them from the weather and load the bikes with the taller handle bars (my bike) on the passenger side and the shorter bike (wife's) on the driver side to ensure a unobstructed view of the road for the driver.
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Old 02-20-2015, 06:01 PM   #7
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Front racks work fine on trucks in the day time. I find they do add some driving fatigue as they are somewhat in your line of sight. At night the reflected lights wear me out quickly. They make all manner of racks for the beds, side rails and tops of trucks like yours and they are easier on you and your bikes. Step ladders are your friend.
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Thanks to all for your insightful and welcome advice.

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Old 02-20-2015, 07:36 PM   #9
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+1 on the night issues. I had no problems with my bikes in the daytime. At night the combination of less light on the road and more light in my eyes reflected from the bikes left me wanting to not drive at night. Hard to see the side of the road looking for turns.

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I tried front bike rack and it functioned quite well, however, I found that it distracted me from looking into the distance as one should when highway driving. I found that enough of the bike part were in my line of vision (even with seat removed) to cause me to inadvertently focus on them. I had to continuously remind myself to focus forward. After some time I found it fatiguing and gave it up after a few attempts. The rack functioned well and it think this was strictly a "personal" thing. Just thought I would add this to the mix.


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I will add that my rack, although quite secure, did tend to wobble somewhat in the wind. This motion may have contributed to the distraction and a more rigid mount may have helped.


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I have installed a front receivers on our past two TV's. They are great. We use ours all the time. It has multiple uses, like bike racks, cargo carriers, portable winch mount, and putting your trailer in super tight places, etc.
Not very expensive and easy to install your self. I highly recommend front a receiver.
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Bodiak Hitch

I bought a Bodiak Hitch which bolts on to your front tow hooks. I've been pleased. I only have the bikes on there when towing the Airstream so that is very seldom at night but I haven't had a problem on those occasions. Since these pictures were taken, I added a license plate holder in front of the bike rack because we are required to have the front plate visible in Texas.
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Here is another recent discussion of bike racks, and it contains at least one link to an earlier discussion: Airstream Forums > Airstream Community Forums > On The Road... Best way to carry bicycles?
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