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Old 11-19-2015, 05:58 PM   #21
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Are you familiar with the Airstream Fiamma rack on the back of the trailer. We've been using it for several years and it works very well, bikes stay clean, easy to use.

I bought the Fiamma rack and one of the two brackets that mounts it to the rear panel of the trailer broke the 1st time I used it. A pin that holds the post to the bracket sheared off and broke the lower portion of the bracket. You can not buy just the pin and mounting bracket you have to replace the entire assembly (post, pin and bracket) and it cost $50 for something they probably pay someone in China $5 to manufacture.

I asked Fiamma for a warranty replacement and mentioned that I installed the rack myself after reading the directions and watching the airstream youtube video describing how to install it. They asked me to send them pictures of the brackets as mounted and I did. They rejected the warranty because they said the brackets were not mounted exactly as described in the Airstream video. There is nothing in their own instruction manual that would have alerted me that I did anything wrong. I bought a 5 cent aluminum bolt at lowes and with some creative engineering managed to re-attach the post to the bracket. It has held for the last 20,000 miles. I will never buy another Fiamma product. The rack is way over priced for what you get and they will not warranty any part defective or not.
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Old 11-20-2015, 06:45 AM   #22
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If you are focused only on a front mount, you can ignore this post. After considering a front mount, and the AS approved rear mount racks, we chose a rack from Arvika, a Canadian company. The rack is installed on the front A-frame and seats the bikes above the propane tanks. We love it.
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Old 11-20-2015, 07:00 AM   #23
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Thanks Bob. I had checked those out some time ago. Good idea but does not work for us. I would have to get out a ladder, that puts it in the way too inconvenient column. I am sticking with the front mount, just need to decide which hitch works best on my F250.
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Old 11-20-2015, 08:51 AM   #24
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Yes, I installed the Curt mount such that the receiver was in its lowest possible position which resulted in the 10" clearance from ground level. Once we mounted the bike on the rack, we had two issues - the sway induced by the movement of the rack due to the pivot mechanism (the rack has a bolt through the receiver so that is tight) and the height of the bikes above the hood of the truck. Hopefully, dropping the rack by 9" will alleviate that problem. The next step would be to remove the seats when travelling but hopefully we won't have to do that.
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Old 11-20-2015, 09:19 AM   #25
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I tightened all bolts on the bike rack and put a length of pool noodle between the rack and the bumper. There is no movement.
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Old 11-20-2015, 09:24 AM   #26
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Jim, thanks for the measurement. Please let me know how it works out after you cut those 9" off. Pictures would be great.

Did you have to remove the bumper or two hooks with that Curt model?
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Old 11-21-2015, 12:22 PM   #27
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Will do. The install was easy. No need to remove tow hooks or bumper. You can download the installation instructions from the Curt website before you order.
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Old 11-24-2015, 12:29 PM   #28
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John,
Picked up the modified rack yesterday and here is what it looks like with the bikes mounted. There is about 7" of clearance between ground and bike tire when level. I have been running around town today with the bikes mounted and it works great. If I were going down a rough road, I could easily remove both front tires and there would be no chance of bottoming out.

BTW, it has been "lab" inspected by Charlie!

Let me know if you have any other questions.
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Old 11-24-2015, 01:47 PM   #29
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Jim,

Thanks for the photos. I ordered the same Curt hitch today. I'll let you know how it turns out.

Thanks to sell for the input.
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Old 12-04-2015, 02:58 PM   #30
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The Curt Hitch arrived and I mounted it with no problem.....other than getting this old body up off the ground too many times!

Here is a picture from the front. The bottom of the hitch is 9" from the ground.

Won't let me post more than one photo, so two more coming.
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From the side...gives me pretty good clearance....

...sorry the pic is turned
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With bikes mounted. Pax side headlight is slightly obscured when looking at the truck, but when driving at night, did not interfere with my visibility.

Thanks again to all for your input.
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