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Old 09-26-2012, 01:13 AM   #21
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None of those carriers are for the tongue. Again, Thule has missed the mark.
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:42 AM   #22
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Looks like Thule do, check out page 42 in the link. There's one that bolts onto the back of a trailer provided there is support installed, I think if FR hooked up with Thule and installed the backing it would be a great option for them to add to their trailer lines.
my point is that neither Thule or Yakima make a TONGUE-mounted rack like Arvika's Toppoprails system.

everybody makes systems like the ones you linked to but none have any system to mount to the tongue like Arvika does.

Thule did get with Thor Industries to offer RV-specific mounting systems for things to mount on the sides of trailers. you would have thought that they would have come up with a bike rack for the tongue.
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:16 AM   #23
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Any caution with regard to tongue weight?
Yes you would have to consider tongue weight. If you are close to the limit you will need to find another solution. If you currently carry them in the back your TV and use a WD hitch, it will not make a difference moving them to the trailer tongue.

I have taken the bikes camping twice; one trip was 2 different campgrounds. The bikes are a little difficult to load and unload....if you lower the tongue down it is much easier. The bikes are solid!! You can see them in the mirror So you know they will be with you when you get to the CG....and can send the kids for a ride while you set up One of the biggest downfalls I have found is the bikes do accumulate bugs I am thinking about a cover...have not looked around the net for solutions yet.
Good luck and happy camping
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Their Thule Sport caravan mounts on the A Frame? Although it looks like it wouldn't work with north american style trailers.
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Yes you would have to consider tongue weight. If you are close to the limit you will need to find another solution. If you currently carry them in the back your TV and use a WD hitch, it will not make a difference moving them to the trailer tongue.

I have taken the bikes camping twice; one trip was 2 different campgrounds. The bikes are a little difficult to load and unload....if you lower the tongue down it is much easier. The bikes are solid!! You can see them in the mirror So you know they will be with you when you get to the CG....and can send the kids for a ride while you set up One of the biggest downfalls I have found is the bikes do accumulate bugs I am thinking about a cover...have not looked around the net for solutions yet.
Good luck and happy camping
Thanks for your input--I am just trying to make sure that one is not putting too much weight (downward pressure) on the A-Frame. Also, you are right on about bugs collection without some form of cover!
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:13 PM   #26
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"None of those carriers are for the tongue. Again, Thule has missed the mark. "

This one said it went on the A-frame. Not sure if there's really room for it in front of the propane tanks, but.....

Thule*-*Thule Sport caravan
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Old 11-02-2012, 01:19 PM   #27
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Hi Doug,

Just down the road from you in Burlington. I watched your video's and looked at the arvika website but I can't see what the difference is between the dfx which I think you bought and the 7000 series. The pictures look identical. Any idea?

Btw which dealer did you get yours from - Ruston's, Sicard's?

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Old 11-02-2012, 07:09 PM   #28
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Phil,

I purchased the DFX series straight from Arvika; the sent it by UPS to me in NY. I emailed the company for prices then called them; they were great to work with! I think the difference between the series is the way they mount and how easy it is to remove parts of them to open your camper, the DFX being the easiest....it is made for hybrids. If you don't ever plan to remove it the 7000 series should work for you. If you click on the instructions tab on the Arvika website you will find better picture in the instructions. I removed the top portion so I could remove the propane tanks and battery for winter storage.....just put it away this week
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:09 PM   #29
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Well we went to the Denver RV show last weekend and ended up purchasing a 5th wheel RV. So when it comes in, I won't be needing the front trailer mounted Arvika DFX for 2 bikes anymore. See previous posts and pics. We only had it for one season. It worked great and would order it again in the future if needed one for a bumper pull trailer. We live in Colorado, so if anyone is intrested in purchasing, please contact me.

P.S. also have a E2 equilizer/stabizer that wont be needed either. Used one season.

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