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Posted: 03/26/06 09:12am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This is the reason way I love this site. Everyone has made us rethink the idea. We did find out the motorcyle does not weigh 650lbs but 500lbs. But still that is alot of weight to place on a hitch.
My thought is when we get to a large town just rent a car for a few days to site see in! We would only do this a couple weeks out of the year for our vacation. When we retire then we'll fiqure something else out. Which is several years away!


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Posted: 03/26/06 12:45pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A little insight from my experience. I built a carrier for my Ironhead Sportster. The Sportster plus the carrier weighted 600 lbs. I drove it about 25 miles to see how it drove - took it home and abandoned the whole idea! With the long overhang behind the rear axle the weight of the bike made the front end too light and it didn't feel at all comfortable to drive. I now use a small trailer if I want to take the bike - MUCH better.


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Posted: 03/26/06 05:59pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think you need to check with Winnebago. A 650# bike plus about 200# for the carring device is a lot to hang on the back end of a class C chassis whether it is 1 point or 3 points.

That much weight will over stress the chassis extensions plus create driving problems. I'd look for a small trailer to haul my bike.


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Camping Dutchman wrote:

Wow I hope you wore your flame suit. Unfortunately people have to use the word stupid or you have some nerve.
It can be done WITHOUT putting undue stress on your hitch. Check out this company in maryland, neat concept and you can back up easily.


OR www.discountramps.com they are the tilt a rack main distributor and cheapest price.

now that is the way to go..

as long as the MH chassis / suspension will support the extra weight

me? I put my scooter on the front, it actually effects the handling a lot less tha adding it to the rear

of course my setup only weighs in around 300lbs

but it will carry me & the DW at about 50mph and takes us almost anyplace we want to go from our campsite. ( we stay off the freeways )

I can explain it to you.
But I Can Not understand it for you !


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Posted: 03/27/06 06:54am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I tried as I could to do this too. Every lift company I talked too told me the overhang in the rear of the coach was too far and the weight would be too risky.

As if that wasn't enough, have you checked your GVWR for the additional weight? You've got to be real tight or over with that bike.

We use a trailer, and am now in the market for a small enclosed one.

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www.eagleheadlifts.com/index.htm check it out, has it's own wheels, so it's like a trailer without the length. Need concept.

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Before you hang anything heavy off the extended tail of a class C, I suggest the following experiment:

Calculate out the weight of what you want to hang, then buy a number of cheap 10-gallon poly jugs, figure one jug for each 80 pounds you plan to carry (e.g 10-12 jugs for a FatBoy and lift). Fill them with water, load them as far back as possible in your motorhome, and drive about 100 miles on the kinds of roads you will haul the load. However this handles and ride, expect it to be worse with the weight behind the bumper.

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