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Old 11-20-2011, 06:48 PM   #15
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The bumper storage can be accessed, there wasn't a rear storage compartment on the trailer that had the rack so I don't know. It didn't look like it was easily unassembled.
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Old 11-20-2011, 08:00 PM   #16
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Airstream's bike rake mounts on the rear, over the bumper. I saw the prototype in JC.
The bike racks are light weight,carry two bikes.Will work on Flying Clouds,Safari's,International and Bambi Models.Should be available the middle to end of December.
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Old 11-20-2011, 08:25 PM   #17
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Here is information on the Arvika bike rack

Here is there email address: info@arvika.ca

I sent in an information request:

We came across the following photo on one of your bike racks. Please see the attached photo. Here is a link to the post on AS Forums.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...r-67233-4.html

I don't see this configuration on your website, with the front support bar and the aluminum support brackets.

What is the price for this rack?

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Tom Kowalyk

I received this email from Caroline in October 2011:

Hi Tom

The price for a 3 bike for airstream trailer is 613.00$ + shipping (for a quote I need your city and zip code) also we paid 50% of shipping price

For a 2 bike the price is 500.00$

Thank you
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1-888-690-0096
I did not take the leap yet and buy the bike rack...yet. still thinking this one over. We have a roof mounted rack, but think that the Arvika rack would be easier to load / unload the bikes. If we buy the rack, we would opt for the 2 bike configuration.

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Old 12-02-2011, 12:55 PM   #18
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Has anyone ever installed a bike rack on the back of a 23 flying cloud? Any suggestions?
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This is the blog of a Airstream owner just recently.
I am sorry that the picture did not come across.

At long last Airstream is introducing an approved bike rack. They haven’t had one since the 1970s. Various people have for years been spreading the misinformation that Airstreams cannot carry any weight on the rear bumper without risking frame separation. This may have been true at one time, especially in the dark days of the Beatrice era, but all modern Airstreams in good condition (no floor rot) have a certain loading capacity at the rear. Airstream hasn’t been active in discounting the myth because if they do they’ll run into the “idiot factor,” meaning someone who overloads the bumper and then wants warranty repairs on it. ’ve got a bike rack that is truly factory approved up to 77 pounds, which is more than enough for two bicycles. Only Airstream will be able to sell it initially. It is aluminum, of course. The retail price wasn’t yet available, but I’d guess it will go for $200-300.
The rack requires permanently mounting four brackets to the bumper and body (drilling required). The rack will be easily removable, although the four mounting points will stay. Even with the rack installed, you’ll still have access to the bumper compartment and any rear body compartments on the trailer. We played with it a bit and it seems very sturdy. I may get one next year for evaluation purposes
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Old 12-02-2011, 01:20 PM   #19
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Here it is, the Airstream bike rack. Price has not been revealed.
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Old 12-02-2011, 01:24 PM   #20
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Nice! I like it.
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Old 12-02-2011, 03:30 PM   #21
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Here it is, the Airstream bike rack. Price has not been revealed.
Couple of questions...what does it attach to at the top, and will it fit a classic?
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Old 12-02-2011, 05:08 PM   #22
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Couple of questions...what does it attach to at the top, and will it fit a classic?
Looks to me like it is just at the edge of the vertical rivet line between the rest panel and lower rear corner panels, where there should be an aluminum c-channel (assuming that aspect of the construction is similar to my 50's model... Haha)

I'm guessing with the force pulling backwards there and counter levering off of the bumper the 116 lb-feet (at 18in lever arm) is pretty well distributed.
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Old 12-03-2011, 06:29 AM   #23
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GerryH and Antique Pedaler, that sounds and looks awesome! Now the only disadvantage I see is with a 3rd party option (installing a class 3 hitch and getting a Saris/Yakima/etc bike rack) you can use it on your tow vehicle w/o the trailer hitched.

This might be handy if you take the bikes on the airstream to the campsite then drive to another part in the national or state park.

Either way, it's great to have an official option! Thanks for the details.
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Airstream is now selling their approved bike rack on their website. The price is $451 and fits most modern Airstream trailers. Clicky...https://store.airstream.com/product_...roducts_id=623
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Yup, that's the one I saw in JC last fall. I liked this quote:

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It accommodates two average adult bicycles (with a maximum capacity of 77 pounds).
“Various people have for years been spreading the misinformation that Airstreams cannot carry any weight on the rear bumper, but all modern Airstreams in good condition have a certain loading capacity at the rear,” said Rich Luhr, Editor of Airstream Life magazine....
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Is the new bike rack difficult to install or should I have a pro do it?
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Old 03-09-2012, 07:19 PM   #28
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We are getting one on our new 16' International (we're picking it up on Monday!!!!!). We can't wait to be able to bring bikes with us! It has always been a choice between kayaks and bicycles when tent camping and the bikes have always stayed at home.
Patrick said that the installation takes about 3 hours and there is some cutting of ???? something. I saw one on another AS but did not pay attention to the details. I'll ask the tech how difficult it was to install on Monday.
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