Fiamma bike rack

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    I'm just sorting out things for our first weekend away in our recently acquired Autocruise Starfire. It has a bike rack fitted under the rear window so is biased towards the nearside. Fitting our bikes on this evening I notice that there is no way to avoid 10 inches of bike wheel sticking out from the near side of the MH. The only way I can see to get the wheels inside the footprint of the MH is to use extended wheel trays so I can position the bikes further toward the centre of the MH. Is this normal fitting for a Starfire. It just seems a daft place to put the bike carrier. Offsetting the bike off centre of the rack will possibly put more weight on one set of mounting points (the inboard ones) but the bike's weight is just forward of the crank (i.e. not centrally between the wheels) so as long as I position the rear wheels to the nearside I should be ok I think. Has anyone else had this problem and can I get spare wheel troughs for a Fiamma rack? Mine are four short ones not two longer ones.
     
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    Do I get a prize for guessing what you were doing with the wine bottles 'cause I'm sure I know ...








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    My Starfire has a corner washroom so the rear window is offset to the nearside. Just found a photo.
     

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    Only way to go is slide the wheel supports over and have the rear wheels to the nearside.
    Or contact Phil at Rhino installs he is the Fiamma Guru :thumb:
     
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    The wheel rails are short and they won't slide far enough. Thus the question about one piece replacement rails. It looks like Fiamma do them as long as they have a grove in the bottom so they can slide. It makes me wonder if it has been fitted in the correct place. I assume there are strengthening battens inside the rear wall. Autocruise don't exist anymore (not the pre 2007 one) so it will be hard to find out where the rack fixing points are.
     
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    I fitted mine where "I" wanted it not where there may have been battens (unlikely there are any anyway) I expect yours is fitted off centre due to the problem of concealing the through the wall fixings with your corner toilet.
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    Why not just move the existing rails over a bit? We have a PVC with a bike rack on one door only, so a similar 'problem' to you, so I just took the rails off, drilled holes further along and re-fitted them. If this still means that you have a wheel overlapping the side of the MH then you could consider having a removable front wheel for them and taking them off so that the bike is shorter and by turning the handlebars 90 degrees the forks will then sit in the rails so you cans till secure them.:Smile::Smile:
     
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    That was the first thing I considered and the last thing I want to do. I'd rather not have holes or blanking plates left showing. But if that is the best way to put less stress on the rear panel, then I will. I have some roof mount bike racks from when we had a caravan and I will take the wheel rails off two of those to get a longer rail. I'll see how the balance is then. If it works I'll get some Fiamma ones. If it doesn'y I may well move the rack. But I've only had the van a few days and don't want to start drilling holes in it just yet!

    My bike already has a removable front wheel. I could get a releasable shaft for the wife's bike. I hadn't considered that, so thanks.
     
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