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Old 03-16-2012, 08:38 PM   #29
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I received my bike rack today via fed ex. I opened the box and all of the parts were just thrown in. Many scratches, has anyone else experienced this. Thanks
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Old 03-16-2012, 08:48 PM   #30
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I received my bike rack today via fed ex. I opened the box and all of the parts were just thrown in. Many scratches, has anyone else experienced this. Thanks
ouch!

was that shipped to you from a dealer, AS @ Jackson Center, or the manufacturer?

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Old 03-16-2012, 09:05 PM   #31
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ouch!

was that shipped to you from a dealer, AS @ Jackson Center, or the manufacturer?

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AS @ Jackson Center and I am pretty pissed. Unfortunately I can't call till Monday, thanks
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Old 03-16-2012, 09:12 PM   #32
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This is the latest iteration of the Arvika. This one is a 3 place with the inmost wheel track removed so I can carry my scooter ramps. It's just test fitted in this photo at the storage lot, so some pieces are missing .

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Old 03-16-2012, 09:20 PM   #33
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This is the latest iteration of the Arvika. This one is a 3 place with the inmost wheel track removed so I can carry my scooter ramps. It's just test fitted in this photo at the storage lot, so some pieces are missing .
That's nice, it will be comforting to be able to see the bikes, I often wondered if mine fell off who would know, unless your the car behind me...
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Old 03-16-2012, 09:22 PM   #34
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That's nice, it will be comforting to be able to see the bikes, I often wondered if mine fell off who would know, unless your the car behind me...
That actually happened to my brother in law. Got to his destination, three bikes and the rack....gone! Worst part was wondering if he created a problem on the road.
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Old 03-18-2012, 07:25 AM   #35
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This is the latest iteration of the Arvika.
I'm beginning to think Arvika doesn't like me. I've sent an email and left two phone messages. No response. I'm willing to give them another try before I give up.

What combination of model numbers and/or part numbers did you order and how much did it cost? It's not obvious from their web site what I need to order.

(edit) How long did it take to receive the bike rack? I have several trips planned soon and the bikes are a key part of the vacations.

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Lucius, IIRC you need to just tell them what AS you have. They have a model(s) with mounting configurations for AS. I'll search for my model #, but I think it will be different for your unit possibly. They are in Quebec, I think and the lady who takes the order speaks English pretty well, but be clear and concise. Not sure why they haven't called you back, I got immediate responses to my inquiries. Was it the weekend? I think they are a fairly small business. IIRC, shipping and exchange rate and all, it was about $640. Be aware, some credit cards charge a foreign transaction fee. Mine was about $15. It came UPS in 4 days.
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dznf0g,

Thank you for the comments - I'll be sure to check into the transaction fees before using a credit card.

Our trailer has several similarities with yours: dual battery doors, propane tank cover, window and rocker panel protectors, weight distribution hangers... so the installation looks pretty promising for us. The price is a little intimidating. I was hoping for something closer to $500.

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Thank you for the comments - I'll be sure to check into the transaction fees before using a credit card.

Our trailer has several similarities with yours: dual battery doors, propane tank cover, window and rocker panel protectors, weight distribution hangers... so the installation looks pretty promising for us. The price is a little intimidating. I was hoping for something closer to $500.

Lucius
Yeah, I was a little alarmed by the price, but there just isn't really anything else (particularly for a Classic, even with the new AS approved rear unit) and it is a very quality piece. Excellent materials and workmanship.

Here's the model # and pricing as of last November:

7000-AFAR Airstream Bracket $231.10
7003-26-A 3 bike base anodized $336.00
BR-AF Telescoping arm $45.50
Freight $30.00

total $642.60

A two place is probably cheaper.
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This is the latest iteration of the Arvika. This one is a 3 place with the inmost wheel track removed so I can carry my scooter ramps. It's just test fitted in this photo at the storage lot, so some pieces are missing .

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Spendy, but then what isn't for an AS.
It is nice to see a bike carrier that does not place the bikes in the really dirty low pressure area behind the TT "where moth and dust doth corrupt"; it will be interesting to hear if the bikes remain cleaner when carried there vs. behind the AS. YMMV; skis -even in covers - become caked with road silt and debris when carried on the rear of all of our vehicles... in any inclement weather around here. If you have a spendy bike - as might be expected by an AS owner - be sure to ask your local bike dealer about the wisdom of the rear mounted bicycle carriers. We have finally rid ourselves of both the rear bike and ski carriers ... much cleaner now for year round use.
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I've used one of these on the rear of my old SOB for many years. No dirt, no water. They work great and are durable. Watch for obstructing the taillights though. AS would be worse for this maybe.

I have modified mine to work with the Arvika....but we'll see how it works being in the direct blast of 65 mph winds?

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dznf0g, are you able to get into the propane tank cover to turn on and off the valve without taking the rack off? It really looks like a nice setup. I have a 2008 27' International CCD FB and I would like to have the bikes where I can see them and out of the muck that is picked up on the back of the trailer. The pictures you sent makes the install look like it was not too bad of a job.
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dznf0g, are you able to get into the propane tank cover to turn on and off the valve without taking the rack off? It really looks like a nice setup. I have a 2008 27' International CCD FB and I would like to have the bikes where I can see them and out of the muck that is picked up on the back of the trailer. The pictures you sent makes the install look like it was not too bad of a job.
Yes, when the bikes are off, the bottom folds up against the back of the rack. In addition, the whole top portion can slide up and down in the tongue posts about a foot. So if you mount it higher than I have pictured, you could open the tank cover enough to get your arm in there and open and close your valves easily. I probably will mount for travel a little higher than I have pictured.
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