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Old 04-18-2012, 07:16 AM   #1
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Has anyone installed a Reese hitch bike rack?

Well this is my first post. Last yr. hubby & I decided to "upgrade" from our pop up to a trailer (after staying in national parks w/ bear rules) and I fell in love w/ Airstreams. Hubby asked if I could please like something less expensive. I tried but I was smitten. We ended up driving from MI to North Carolina for ours; slept in it on the way home in a cracker barrel parking lot. Anyway, question: we want to install our bike rack on the back of the airstream. Hubby would need to bolt/weld something to the frame underneath so that the hitch could then come out and up for the bike rack to slide into. The first time we camped last fall w/ it in a state park here there were Airstream people there. They asked if they could see inside ours. I thought that was so funny; no one ever asked to see inside my pop up . Anyway, this guy did give hubby some ideas for the bike rack as he had done it before but hubby is still hesitant. so I told him I'd ask around here for more input. When I have time one of these days I'll share a really funny story about our first camping experience. thanks for any input you can give.
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Old 04-18-2012, 07:24 AM   #2
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Airstream has a bike rack:
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Old 04-18-2012, 07:25 AM   #3
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Hello and welcome to Air Forums. You'll find lots of useful information here including information on bicycle racks of all types.

Use the search feature - I like advanced search because it allows you to place restrictions such as "title only" - you'll find several threads regarding bicycle racks. There are pros and cons about putting a rack on the rear of your trailer, the front of your trailer or on your tow vehicle.

I'm personally leaning toward putting the rack on the front of the trailer, above the propane tanks. To each his own...

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Old 04-18-2012, 08:55 AM   #4
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Hi RachelLynn, in a nutshell, mounting a bike rack in the way that Hubby suggested could contribute to a problem known as "rear end separation"...the Airstream approved bike rack mitigates that issue by attaching to the outer shell, as well as the frame.
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Old 04-18-2012, 10:45 AM   #5
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I neglected to mention that we already own the Yakima bike rack (that we absolutely love). My hubby & son had reinforced & welded a hitch receiver for it on our previous pop up camper (which went w/ it when sold). So he was looking to do the same on the Airstream. Hopefully I'm explaining it alittle better. . . but then maybe there would be a weight issue on the back like that?
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Old 04-18-2012, 11:21 AM   #6
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It is generally considered a no-no as it can cause frame separation on the Airstream. If you search for bike rack a lot of threads on the subject will come up. Here's one:

The Airstream-approved bike rack, however, is a yes-yes...
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Old 04-18-2012, 04:06 PM   #7
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I tow with a 2009 Chevy crew cab 2wd. This unit provides a lot of cargo area in the rear seat compartment (seats folded-up) which frees-up space in the truck bed. I solved the bike carrier issue by building a very simple wooden bar that mounts in the corner holes on the bed rails. To this bar I added bike spindles to mount the bikes (without front tires) and use straps or bungie cords to secure the rear of the bike. With the bikes in the bed of the truck I still have room for wheel chocks, leveling blocks, small grills charcoal briquets and even a large sewage tote. We recently returned from a months trip (2,000 towing miles) and it worked without any problems at all. If you think this might work for you let me know and I will provide photos. I have less than $50.00 in the unit including the cost of paint.
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:56 AM   #8
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Thanks everyone for the links. They are so helpful. Looks like we'll be just keeping the bikes inside the A/S. In the past we've laid the table down, put an old blanket on it and the two bikes on there. After reading all the input about dirty bikes on the outside, frame separation . . . . inside seems like alot less work.
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:07 AM   #9
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When I first got my AS, I was really perplexed on how I was going to travel with two bikes. My TV is an SUV, so I couldn't put them in the car and I had read that adding a hitch to the back of the AS was a major no-no.

After a bit of thinking, I came up with the following:
I added two locking fork mounts under my cushions at the kitchen table. I break the table down into sleep mode and put the cushions on the bed when I needs to have the bikes mounted for travel. I've used wingnuts on the bottom so that I can remove the mounts if needed but we've actually found that they don't get in our way.

Here's a link to the mounts:

Here are some photos of the bikes after returning from a 5 hour drive:

Carrying Bikes in Airstream by LToTheYnn, on Flickr

Carrying Bikes in Airstream by LToTheYnn, on Flickr!

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Old 04-19-2012, 09:31 AM   #10
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There are lots of different ways to carry bikes, and some very creative. On the other hand, we just bought folding bikes and carry them in the back of the truck.
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Old 09-09-2013, 11:26 AM   #11
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Bike Rack for Airstream

Thank you all for the information you've provided us on selecting the best bike rack system for our 16" bambi. Since we don't have a rear bumper on our AS the Arvika system appears to be our best bet. We would never have found it if it wasn't the AS discussions between members! You are all the BEST.

For anyone who wants more information on this rack go to:
Arvika Airstream Travel Trailer Bracket - RACKS FOR CARS INC.

Happy Glamping....
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