Today’s Project: Fiamma bike rack

I had thought about simply placing our bikes into the bed of our F150, it would have been cheaper certainly, but the F150 has limited payload available.  I also didn’t feel like I’d want to be hauling the bikes around in the truck, or always removing them during short stops.  So…the expensive route it was, a Fiamma bike rack.

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We ordered ours direct from Fiamma.   I followed the instructional video that Airstream provides, which is great, except for one glaring problem on our trailer.  Here you can see we’ve taped off a part of the lid covering the back storage.  It overlaped the frame by about a quarter inch.  You can see 3 holes I had already drilled for the mounting bracket.  Basically, we had to shave off a section of the lid on both ends.  Since the grinder [or whatever the tool is, I had help from a neighbor and new friend, Colin] was too large and getting close to the skin of the trailer didn’t feel like a great idea, we only cut enough off to fit the brackets.

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So that gave us enough clearance for the bracket and the bolt heads, and finishing up was relatively easy.  Here’s the finished product.

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