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Old 04-25-2013, 09:18 PM   #1
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Bikes are loaded in Airstream Panamerica fit nice

Have 3 bikes and gear loaded and one bike in back of truck ready for fun weekend away from snow. I found out limit is 1500 pounds and nobody responded to my first post about frame being reenforced, hoping I am not overloaded. Bike and gear should weigh about 1000-1200 pounds in back.
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:24 PM   #2
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I would think a query to Airstream would answer your question.

Now, on hitch rigging, there is nothing worse than a tail-heavy trailer. So tongue weight and proper distribution of that load across the truck and trailer axles is vital.

A separate TW reading on the scale would also be good, both with and without the bikes. A TW of 12.5-15% would be my target. That may involve moving the bikes forward, backward or turning them around.

The final step would be in weighing each wheel position to be certain no side-to-side imbalances (with WD applied) and a sufficient load reserve on the tires is maintained (15%).

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Old 04-25-2013, 09:26 PM   #3
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Ya, know....when I saw the title, I thought bicycles....and I thought...he better be talkin' motorbikes in that honkin' really nice toy hauler! Then I opened up the thread.....Yup!!!!!!

Sweet!

BTW, I do remember your question about frames and loads. Just stay within the AS numbers and you'll be fine. The frame issues (with a few exceptions with small units a few years ago, particularly outrigger failures) were a long time ago. The newer long units with the 5" fully boxed frames are pretty robust. I don't worry about mine at all....but I mind my numbers. I am sure there is even more provision in the PanAm.
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Old 04-26-2013, 03:14 AM   #4
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I just saw your post. My PA's prior owner, loaded his cycles in the same manner as you've done. The closer you have them over the tri-axle the better. As suggested, call the factory (I assume that you may not have the factory owner manuals). If not, they can be downloaded from the factory website; Chirs Burge, service manager, should be able to assist you. Be cautious of high-angled driveway, etc., as your PA will "bottom-out" on steep inclines. I added rollers to the rear frame that are reinforced with a bar welded BETWEEN them to help prevent any bending to the left or right of the frame.
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Old 04-27-2013, 08:13 AM   #5
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:29 AM   #6
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First trip with trailer went great everything worked on trailer and riding was fun. The trailer pulled like my 20 foot enclosed loaded with 4 bikes and gear. The back garage work great for second bedroom and change room for bike gear it got dirty but front was nice and clean. I am very happy with design and appreciate this trailer more now after using it. I did not miss not having a slide at all. I can not believe how many people came over to talk and were friendly at riding staging area. I am fairly sure it had something to do with trailer. Boerrama I will check are summer schedule and see if we can fit in a weekend, Moose Jaw is only a little over a hour away
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:35 AM   #7
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The trailer does have two rollers at rear which are welded to frame but no cross bar which is a great idea, they do get used since back is so low I found out.
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:40 AM   #8
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The trailer does have two rollers at rear which are welded to frame but no cross bar which is a great idea, they do get used since back is so low I found out.
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