Another 2005 Fleetwood Utah Question.

Discussion in 'Cargo Carriers / Bike Racks / Other Storage Option' started by fishguy1313, Dec 4, 2008.

  1. fishguy1313

    fishguy1313 New Member

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    On the top of my camper, there are 2 tracks that go lengthwise with the trailer. It looks like something is to fit in these tracks. Could you all tell me what it's for! Thanks again in advance!

    2002 Chevy Blazer - Tow Vehicle
    2005 Fleetwood Utah - Pop Up
     
  2. Twisty

    Twisty New Member

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    They are for a Yakima rack system to carry bikes, conoes, kayaks, skis, cargo pods, etc. From what I have learned on this forum the longest bars are only available through an RV dealer. Fleetwood exclusive? All other bar lengths and the brackets (towers) to mount them are available through Yakima dealers or other retail sites. There is a specific tower model # which fits, although that # escapes me right now. A little help?

    2004 Fleetwood Utah w/slide
    2006 Ford Ranger 4x4 Ext. Cab
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  3. themanfromvan

    themanfromvan Van, PA - Near The PA Wilds

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    They would probably be compatible with Yakima 'Control Towers' and 'Landing Pad 1's'. Here - check out this link - YAKIMA

    The longest crossbars Yakima makes are 78". Through Campmor you could get the landing pads, control towers and a pair of crossbars for $207 + shipping. Then you get to add all the goodies - like bike carriers, kayak rollers, canoe gunwale brackets........ and the list goes on.

    David, Betsy, Elizabeth, Olivia & Robert
    '01 Rockwood Freedom <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp">
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  4. Luv2ridebikes

    Luv2ridebikes New Member

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    Another tip - if you decide to add the Yakima, we have purchased 2 Yakima bike racks and a set of core locks through Ebay. They were all brand new in the box and significantly under retail pricing.

    Steve & Deb (boys are grown & gone)
    Aspen & Riley (the 4 legged children)
    05 Fleetwood Sequoia & lot's of bikes! <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_bike.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Bicycle"><img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_bike.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Bicycle">
     
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    Wow, it looks as though the transition from "Fleetwood Folding Trailers" to "Coleman" has occured. The FTCA Inc. web site is now branded "Coleman."

    Anway, <b>here</b> is the accessory page. Scroll down and you will see the double crossbar kit, plus all sorts of cargo and recreational toting devices that can be attached to it.

    You have roof side rails! You are lucky! You can attach a double crossbar kit with your choice of accessories for it without putting new holes in your roof.

    Our PUP doesn't have roof rails. The service techs at our RV dealership installed permanent brackets to our roof to hold the crossbars. We were happy to have them, not us, punching the additional holes in the roof: warranty issues, technical know how, the right tools and sealants, etc.

    One disadvantage of the permanent brackets: we cannot adjust the distance between our crossbars.

    This hasn't bothered us to date, though.

    Pictures are worth a thousand words:

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    One more thing to consider:

    The double crossbar kits plus any accessories plus whatever you load onto them, these items add additional weight to the axle, the frame, the tires, the trailer brakes and the roof- as well as to your tow vehicle.

    If you plan to leave the items installed when you raise the roof- for instance, while you may remove the bikes you will probably leave the double crossbars and the bike racks installed- these items also add weight to the lift system.

    Our PUP's GVWR is 2300 lbs. Fully loaded for travel we weigh in at around 2100 lbs. give or take up to 40 lbs. depending on what and how we load.

    We have been to the CAT scales multiple times in multiple loading configurations. As others have suggested in the other thread in which you are participating: the only way to know for sure what your entire rig weighs, with all components (tow vehicle and trailer) both together and separately, is to load up and go to the scales.

    Our bikes aren't particularly lightweight; they weigh about 70 lbs. together.

    Our roof can carry 300 lbs. while folded down. This weight includes the air conditioner, the crossbars and whatever we load on them, and I *think* we also have to count the awning in that weight. For our calculations, we have chosen to include the weight of the awning there.

    The lift system can support 150 lbs. on the roof, and that includes the air conditioner, the awning, the crossbars and supports, and whatever we leave on the crossbars.

    We definitely take the bikes off of the roof before we raise it. Not only do we remove the weight of the bikes from the lift system, we suspect that the bikes are easier to ride when disarticulated from the roof.

    Not that we've tried the alternative, mind you.

    So, long story short, weight is a consideration also when contemplating the purchase and use of a double crossbar system and accessories. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Smile">

    Him/Her Late Boomer Vintage
    Two Wonderful Sons, Grown and Out!
    One Non-Camping Cat
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  6. fishguy1313

    fishguy1313 New Member

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    Well, this is a great system however, I don not ride bikes. I used to put my canoe on top of my old pup that didn't have an AC unit. This new one has AC and I don't think this Yakima system will help me get around it. Any other suggestions would be great!

    2002 Chevy Blazer - Tow Vehicle
    2005 Fleetwood Utah - Pop Up
     
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    fishguy,
    I use the yakima racks and carry bikes and kayaks. On 1 side of the AC unit i am using Mako saddles http://www.yakima.com/racks/kayak-rack/product/8004037/mako-saddles.aspx. I tried this 1st because i got the saddles for a good price. However, it is a very tight fit against my AC unit. Now i am going to use Yakima BowDown on each side of the AC unit or THULE JRacks which fit the yakima crossbars. Watch the video on this site http://www.yakima.com/racks/kayak-rack/product/8004042/bowdown.aspx

    07 Fleetwood Williamsburg
    04 4Runner
    05 Tacoma Dbl Cab
    Hobie Outback Kayak
    Prowler 13 Kayak
     

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