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Old 07-25-2017, 09:49 AM   #1
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I'm interested in hearing from folks with any experience with Fiamma CARRY-BIKE racks for their AS trailers.
If comments are favorable, I'll be looking for a used one - anyone out there?
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Old 07-25-2017, 10:00 AM   #2
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As far as I've seen, there really isn't an "option B" If you want to haul bikes and they can't go in/on the TV ... that's what you go with.

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Dave,
I have experience with these bike racks, and they work well for 2 bikes that weigh less than 30lbs. each. The main issue is how the rack is mounted to the back of your AS, ensure that the upper brackets are riveted/screwed into the frame ribs on both sides of the rear window (28' INT), just make sure that they are securely affixed to the body and into a frame rib. The rest is an easy instal as they adjust to fit either width.
DO NOT OVERLOAD these racks, the upper mounts will rip out (even mounted to the rib), the rack will bend over and your bikes will grind on the road until you stop, "if " you notice .
You may want to add a rear class 1 receiver and put in a Thule rack??? This will void your AS warranty so I would not.
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I have also looked at that bike rack. I have talked to a few people that have them and they love them. However they did not have the same concerns I have: 1. The bikes seem to block the brake/tail lights. Enough that I fear those that drive on my butt will not see them well enough. Then who's fault is it. Theirs for tailgating or mine for blocked lights. 2. The bikes block the license plate. Some place here on the forums I saw a picture of someone making a holder for the license plate to hang from the bikes because they got pulled over for it being obstructed.
If you google 'airstream bike rack' you will see another option. A rake that mounts to the front frame and the bikes sit above the LP tanks. I did not like that one because of lifting the bikes that high. I might as will just use my rake that sits over the bed of my truck.
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Old 07-25-2017, 12:23 PM   #5
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As far as I've seen, there really isn't an "option B" If you want to haul bikes and they can't go in/on the TV ... that's what you go with.

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Arvika tongue rack is "option B". Happy with mine.
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Old 07-31-2017, 12:09 AM   #6
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Looks like the Arvika bike racks may not work with the 27FB or any other model with a storage hatch on the front of the trailer just behind the propane tanks. No room for the hatch door to be opened
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Looks like the Arvika bike racks may not work with the 27FB or any other model with a storage hatch on the front of the trailer just behind the propane tanks. No room for the hatch door to be opened
It's about as problematic as the rear one on my Classic with rear trunk. I just saw another brand in trailer life which mounts on the tongue Jack. That might work.
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I have also looked at that bike rack. I have talked to a few people that have them and they love them. However they did not have the same concerns I have: 1. The bikes seem to block the brake/tail lights. Enough that I fear those that drive on my butt will not see them well enough. Then who's fault is it. Theirs for tailgating or mine for blocked lights. 2. The bikes block the license plate. Some place here on the forums I saw a picture of someone making a holder for the license plate to hang from the bikes because they got pulled over for it being obstructed.
If you google 'airstream bike rack' you will see another option. A rake that mounts to the front frame and the bikes sit above the LP tanks. I did not like that one because of lifting the bikes that high. I might as will just use my rake that sits over the bed of my truck.
The rear tail lights and license plate is not blocked any more than all of the other bike racks mounted on the back of vehicles. take a look at vehicles hauling bikes anywhere in the country, interstates, Moab, etc and all of the racks block license plates and to some degree the rear lights. We have traveled thousands of miles with our Fiamma, including Canada and the ferry system, and never had an issue. I would not put a cover over the bikes as that would definitely block everything.
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Old 07-31-2017, 07:28 AM   #9
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We traveled all over the country with the Airstream Fiamma on our Airstream for the last six years. Very convenient, easy to put bikes on and off. The trailer tail lights are very visible, that's a non-issue.

Before that we used a Fiamma rack for our VW Campers, same good results. I especially like the tire support rails at the bottom which allows the bikes to rest while being strapped down, and keeps them mounted solidly.
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Another Option

I am thinking of having an adjustable hitch welded to the rear frame and using my hitch mounted rack.

Any thoughts or cautions to this method?
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I am thinking of having an adjustable hitch welded to the rear frame and using my hitch mounted rack.



Any thoughts or cautions to this method?


Hi - welcome.

Lots of thoughts and cautions. I don't remember the threads exactly but keep searching and you'll find them.

General consensus - not good for your trailer in terms of potential for rear separation and negative impact on handling/towing (increase in sway likelihood).

Some have done it without complaint - others have tried and reported back that it's a bad idea. Again - search around - this topic has lots of opinions and insight in the forums.

Good luck!
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Old 02-05-2018, 07:46 AM   #12
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I know this thread is over a year old, but we are in the market for an AS. Currently getting our truck ready to haul while trying to sell our Class C. My question about bike racks is why you don't see more front mounted hitches to carry the bikes. We just ordered a Curt front hitch. Any pros or cons to this set up?
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Bwhitley19,

I would be very interested in your experience with the Curt front hitch. I am about to order the Draw-tite version of the front hitch for my truck. I was wondering if the Curt would be too low and if the Draw-tite might be too high. I decided to try the Draw-tite as I thought the Curt might interfere with front clearance, but I am still unsure of my decision.
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Old 02-05-2018, 09:04 AM   #14
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I had a Curt on the front of my previous TV, A 2004 Nissan Titan, and carried my bikes up there some 70000 miles without any problems. The bikes do get filthy though. Bugs, road yuck, mud...

I just installed one on my 2016 Titan XD for the same purpose but have yet to carry them. Can't imagine it would be any different. Pretty simple install.
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Thanks. So the clearance must not be an issue. On my GMC 2500, it would come out below the front facia or spoiler.
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Nope, clearance was/is a non-issue.
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I would be very interested in your experience with the Curt front hitch. I am about to order the Draw-tite version of the front hitch for my truck. I was wondering if the Curt would be too low and if the Draw-tite might be too high. I decided to try the Draw-tite as I thought the Curt might interfere with front clearance, but I am still unsure of my decision.

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We have a Chevy Silverado Z71 2500 HD, I don't think clearance is going to be an issue, but didn't think about how dirty they would get. Oh well, bucket of water and cloth should clean them up!
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We have a Chevy Silverado Z71 2500 HD, I don't think clearance is going to be an issue, but didn't think about how dirty they would get. Oh well, bucket of water and cloth should clean them up!


Hubby was more worried about the distance from the hitch and bumper.
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Old 03-16-2018, 10:10 AM   #19
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New to this thread - and to the AS world.
We have a 2001 Classic 30 w/SO.
We are heading to CA this summer and would like to take a couple of bikes.
It would seem that the only real option is the Fiamma rack.
Question is, would I lose access to the rear storage compartment?
Any advice welcomed.
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New to this thread - and to the AS world.
We have a 2001 Classic 30 w/SO.
We are heading to CA this summer and would like to take a couple of bikes.
It would seem that the only real option is the Fiamma rack.
Question is, would I lose access to the rear storage compartment?
Any advice welcomed.
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Can-AM RV in London ON makes a custom bike rack for an Airstream trailers that allows access to the rear storage locker of a RB AS. You could check with them to see if they will ship it to the USA.
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