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Old 07-05-2014, 07:58 AM   #15
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bike racks on back of airstream

Wolf, it appears you found it, but here is the link for streaminlife:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f209...per-39529.html

Streaminlife,
It appears that the new bike rack is a better design and has the "blessing" of airstream. But do read post 16 and 17 in the above thread. Unfortunately problems come up after years of use and then new design changes are made to "fix" the problem. I still would hesitate to install one. On smooth roads it would not be a problem but hit a couple of bad roads ie route 10 in Louisiana, railroad tracks etc. I would be concerned of the bike hitting the sides of the back of the airstream or worse falling off if not properly secured.
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Old 07-05-2014, 08:49 AM   #16
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The Fiamma racks are well made and hold the bikes firmly. They don't wiggle. Our first Fiamma rack (similar to this one) was on the back of our VW camper which we carried all over the country without any problems. We have used our Airstream rack for two years, again all over the country, and it works as well, no problems.
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Old 07-05-2014, 11:36 AM   #17
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Hi,

Here is the video link for installation of the Fiamma Carry-Bike bike rack, in case anyone is interested:

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Old 07-06-2014, 07:15 AM   #18
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Hi Karin,

No issues with the window with bikes off. With bikes on we can not fully open the window or put the rear window awning down.
Licence plate may be slightly obstructed but we have been toolin around for over 7K miles and no one has bother us. We have zippo plans to move ours unless we have an issue. If you need to move it there are holes already on the frame of the bike rack to mount the licence plate. You would have to run power if you want to run at night to be totally legal.

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Old 07-06-2014, 08:56 AM   #19
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We just open the hatch ... LOL
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Old 07-06-2014, 10:43 AM   #20
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We just open the hatch ... LOL
Then where do you sit or eat lunch . . . LOL

The EB presents an interesting situation. When we had the VW Eurovan Camper we used a Fiamma rack designed to attach to and lift with the rear hatch (without bikes on). It's partly supported by the rear bumper. It's also easily removable. I wonder if that model could be used with the rear hatch EB's.
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Old 07-07-2014, 12:12 AM   #21
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Thanks everyone for the answers, really appreciate it! It is good news the window can open (with bikes off).
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Old 07-07-2014, 09:20 AM   #22
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I was at a dealer in michigan and they install a 2 inch receiver for a bike rack only across the frame in the back. Looks really nice the steel is powder coated and is the same color as the airstream frame.


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Old 07-07-2014, 10:33 AM   #23
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We use a front receiver hitch on our truck for our bike rack. This allows to take our bikes to other places without the trailer.
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Old 07-07-2014, 04:57 PM   #24
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Our rear window will open with the Fiamma rack and bikes (1 mens, 1 wmns mtn bike) installed. Took a little tweaking of the trays to the extreme left and right but window opens and rear awning can be fully deployed.

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Old 07-07-2014, 05:15 PM   #25
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My Fiama Rack on 2013 International 19.

The rack weighs 25 lbs, bikes average around 27 lbs each.

No access problems.....I've adjusted to reaching around when bikes loaded. I usually put a piece of pipe insulation foam around the chainring to avoid arm scratching while reaching into the compartment.

The wheel troughs are so close that you need to isolate the bikes from on another to avoid scratching. Fiama make a carrier for VW vans, T2 or T3 that have greater separation between troughs. I'm looking into adapting that to mine.
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I also I stalled a 2 inch receiver on the rear AS bumper. It looks great. I already had a nice bike rack and could not see getting another one and then try and find a place to store. It's the best of both worlds. Click image for larger version

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Correction. It's just under bumper bolted to frame.


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The rear window on our trailer is the fire exit, so any impediment would be a safety issue.
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