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Old 06-08-2018, 05:53 AM   #15
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Here is an interesting YouTube video, documenting one such endeavor.

https://youtu.be/Zzpwm7fVZts
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Old 06-08-2018, 09:30 AM   #16
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Bike rack

You might consider putting a bike rack on the front of your towing vehicle. I have seen it and seems like a good solution.
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Old 06-08-2018, 04:29 PM   #17
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Thanks everyone for advice and the links to other threads. We are now considering the Arvika rack or the very inexpensive bike rack inside the trailer option
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Thanks everyone for advice and the links to other threads. We are now considering the Arvika rack or the very inexpensive bike rack inside the trailer option


I see you have a ram 2500. Have you seen the DECKED system? Allows you to maintain storage in the bed with a cool drawer system, and you can mount a bike rack on top. It works well for me..... just another option.
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Old 06-09-2018, 10:17 AM   #19
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Airstream Adventures NW is selling a custom receiver system bolted to the frame as a solution for bike racks. They say it meets all of Airstream requirements.

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You might consider putting a bike rack on the front of your towing vehicle. I have seen it and seems like a good solution.
I did the same exact way except I slid the the flanges inside the skid plates and bolted it in place. The receiver is tight against the underneath of the bumper. The fabricated piece with the receiver out of light weight high strength steel weighs 21 lbs. Bikes and a Sari Bike Rack total 128 lbs.
Less complicated fabrication and installation.
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Old 06-11-2018, 12:29 AM   #21
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Airstream Adventures NW is selling a custom receiver system bolted to the frame as a solution for bike racks. They say it meets all of Airstream requirements.

Mike
Where did you see this? Do you have a picture? I can't find anything about it on their website.

Thanks!
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Hanging a bike off the back of any RV is ALWAYS a bad idea... for the bikes. You can't see them. You have no idea what's happening with or to them from the tow vehicle. They get filthy and get slammed around at the end of a long lever (the trailer.) They're in the weather, and exposed to theft. If you have a nice bike, it'll increase your maintenance exponentially. Carry your bikes inside the trailer. They're out of the weather, they're out of sight, and you can make a carrier for $30 that fits your trailer interior perfectly out of a 2x6 and skewer mounts available at any bike shop.

And if you really want to know what eventually happens to Airstreams with more weight in the rear than they're designed to take, just search "elephant ears." You'll learn more than you ever wanted to know about Airstream monocoque construction.
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I chose not to weld to the Airstream frame. I just had a shop build a 'hitch receiver' and bolted that to the frame with a support to the bumper. The receiver can be either 2" or 1 1/4". Steel channel is cheap and can be welded in the shop before installing. You could use aluminum for a lighter setup but it would be more expensive. I have used a Thule bike rack for years 13 years and it still works good and the bikes do fine back there. Airstream is worried, in my opinion, about someone attempting to tow a trailer with a hitch receiver under the back bumper of the trailer. That would not be good. Airstream adventure NW has a design like mine. My hitch mount adds rigidity between the frame rails of the Airstream. The bolt on point is where the frame has drops welded on for skip protection. People confuse legal liability with engineering design and worry about hurting the trailer. There is room to access the rear storage while bikes are attached. I now use a rack where the bikes are carried standing up and that is better for bike paint. Click image for larger version

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I use both a rear trailer bike rack and a front TV bike rake.

The advantage to mounting a receiver on the front of your TV is you can take the bikes every where you go. While on a long trip, Alaska, it is nice to be able to have the bikes on the TV. You never know, while touring around on day trips, when you will find the availability of having the bike with you will be handy. Touring the Spit in Homer by bike will be fun. The only disadvantages to the front TV rack I have seen is there is a reduction in the effectiveness of your head lights. I also modified the bike rack, cut it's height, to lower the bikes as much as possible improving visibility.





Weekend outings I use the trailer bike rake
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Airstream Bounce

I attached a homemade bike carrier to my 31 foot Airstream by installing bolts through the back of the trailer just below the rear window. Rested the bike rack on the hose carrier/rear bumper top. Even with this seemingly rigid setup the bouncing of the rear of the trailer eventually threw my bikes (3) onto the side of the road, as well as half my homemade bike rack.

A few years later I went over a speed bump and the floor of the rear storage compartment fell onto the road. The rear of the trailer has a bounce frequency that is way more volatile than the front. I keep this in mind even with what I put inside the trailer in the rear.
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I attached a homemade bike carrier to my 31 foot Airstream by installing bolts through the back of the trailer just below the rear window. Rested the bike rack on the hose carrier/rear bumper top. Even with this seemingly rigid setup the bouncing of the rear of the trailer eventually threw my bikes (3) onto the side of the road, as well as half my homemade bike rack.

A few years later I went over a speed bump and the floor of the rear storage compartment fell onto the road. The rear of the trailer has a bounce frequency that is way more volatile than the front. I keep this in mind even with what I put inside the trailer in the rear.
Sounds like you have unbalanced running gear.
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Hanging a bike off the back of any RV is ALWAYS a bad idea... for the bikes. You can't see them. You have no idea what's happening with or to them from the tow vehicle. They get filthy and get slammed around at the end of a long lever (the trailer.) They're in the weather, and exposed to theft. If you have a nice bike, it'll increase your maintenance exponentially. Carry your bikes inside the trailer. They're out of the weather, they're out of sight, and you can make a carrier for $30 that fits your trailer interior perfectly out of a 2x6 and skewer mounts available at any bike shop.

And if you really want to know what eventually happens to Airstreams with more weight in the rear than they're designed to take, just search "elephant ears." You'll learn more than you ever wanted to know about Airstream monocoque construction.
Oh please, you can't be serious.
There are thousands of bikes carried on the back of Airstreams without any problems whatsoever. I have been doing it for five years.
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Thumbs up Or, you could try something like this !

We've been traveling FT for 6 1/2 years. Our bicycles go in the trailer FB between the twin beds, when we're in motion, and outside, covered up and secured to the trailer wheel chock lock, when we're at rest. A folding dog ramp helps us to load and unload. When bad weather comes, out goes the canopy, (but watch out for those strong winds).
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