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Old 12-07-2010, 08:22 PM   #29
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We have installed a couple of hundred bike racks on Airstreams without it causing a problem. However I wouldn't want to give the impression that any bike rack system is fine to put on an Airstream. The common system of welding a receiver underneath and sliding in a "S" shape rack will cause structural problems on many models of Airstreams.

The rack we install for two bikes works because the rack only weighs 12 pounds, it is supported by the body and the frame, and the bikes are carried very close to the back of the Airstream.

I hope this helps.

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Old 12-07-2010, 08:58 PM   #30
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Nice rack Andrew.

Did we have the same dream?
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Old 12-08-2010, 07:12 AM   #31
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We chose to put the bikes on a Thule rack mounted on a spotting hitch in the front the the TV. As others have observed above there are lots of pro's and con's for any choice.

In addition to the above, as much as we find the bikes in front to be convenient we certainly do look like a Traveling Circus going down the road.

Of course it does leave room to put a kayak on top of the TV later.

Now That will be a bit o' the traveling circus.
Travelling circus for sure...but at least we have all of our toys when we get to the lake! 3 Bikes, 2 tandem kayaks, porta-bote w/Motor...yikes! Locked and loaded.
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Old 12-08-2010, 07:41 AM   #32
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Travelling circus for sure...but at least we have all of our toys when we get to the lake! 3 Bikes, 2 tandem kayaks, porta-bote w/Motor...yikes! Locked and loaded.
Is there a truck in there....somewhere?
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Old 12-08-2010, 09:14 AM   #33
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Travelling circus for sure...but at least we have all of our toys when we get to the lake! 3 Bikes, 2 tandem kayaks, porta-bote w/Motor...yikes! Locked and loaded.

ROFLOL, lord thats funny
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Old 12-08-2010, 09:22 AM   #34
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Old 12-08-2010, 10:01 AM   #35
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Is there a truck in there....somewhere?
Yeah, I know...but that's how it goes when you want to be active outdoors. (Some Folks don't take anything more than a blender!) We don't always travel that loaded up...but for a week up in the mountains..we are loaded.
And yes, there is a truck...and an AS under all that! Paddled up to a Moose on this trip!
No bikes on this trip...this was hiking and paddling...

Any way...we are off topic now...later.

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Old 12-08-2010, 10:25 AM   #36
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Our bike rack needs have changed. We love our Yakima Bed heads in our TV but now we use a Westfalia instead of a 28'CCD and GMC 2500 TV.

The Bed Heads work great with all kinds of bikes, even our carbon road bikes. But now we have to switch to a hitch rack. We have one from the early 90's that was considered high-tech when we bought it but it is now reduced to a dinosaur. It worked okay through the cross-bike season since my husbands CX bike is metallic.

We have a short bike-trip break but in February we will start traveling to centuries and the old rack will not cut it with the carbon road frames. We have our eyes on a Kuat NV. Kuat Racks

Plus, my husband has designed a swing away bracket that will allow the bikes to rotate to the side of the Westy for unencumbered rear door access. His plans are at a fabrication shop right now. I will post photos once it is fabricated, powder coated and installed on the Westy.

We loved our CCD but the Westy is just perfect for the quick get-a-ways our current lifestyle demands. We discovered all we need is a little room for our bikes, our Jack Russell and each other.
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I'm in the process of choosing a TV for my 59 Streamline. One of my criteria is an extended cab for the truck that will fit my bikes. If your bikes are as expensive and beloved as mine, only inside storage will do.
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We tow with a Chevy 1500 crew cab. Using a 2x4 stud and clips purchased from a bike shop we made a rack that mounts on the front rail of the truck bed. We remove the front tires and clip the bikes to the rack and using tie downs straps anchor the rear tires. The longest trip so far is over 800 miles round trip with no problems.
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Old 08-31-2011, 12:59 AM   #39
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Airstreaming with Bikes -

Here's another school of thought for Airstreaming with bikes... We use a Thule rack with a box for extra items in the middle and a mountain bike on either side. If you want to drive to a trail head and keep the AS parked, no worries - they're with the truck. Been working real well for us, just watch out for low hanging branches...



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Old 08-31-2011, 07:43 AM   #40
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I'm in the process of choosing a TV for my 59 Streamline. One of my criteria is an extended cab for the truck that will fit my bikes. If your bikes are as expensive and beloved as mine, only inside storage will do.
If I really had to have my bikes inside, and I can understand why some Folks do...I would serioulsy consider a 3/4 ton van.
They make great TV's...and a fairly safe/sheltered place for stuff!..
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