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Posted: 09/16/20 12:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ndrorder wrote:

Here is a slightly different perspective. If the hitch and frame are rated to carry a tongue weight, it is rated for that rate whether it is bouncing or not .


Hitches are rated at a 8” load center for class 3 and smaller hitches, and a 14” load center for class 4 and up. A motorcycle carrier is double that, so the allowable tongue weight is effectively half.

Plus, that particular motorhome has a wheelbase ration of about 0.5, so the weight of the motorcycle and carrier will be removed from the front axle and added to the back. It might be ok on a E450, but the Dana 70 under the E350 will likely be overloaded.

Front hitch is the way go, besides a trailer. I’ve towed MANY miles with a Honda 650XL up front. I added driving lights to the rack to fill in headlight shadows, and turn signals as well. Vision is not obstructed, and it’s comforting to always have an eye on the bike. On the back, there always a lingering worry of “is it still there” especially after going over rough terrain.


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Posted: 09/16/20 06:21pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I carry a Kymco Agility 50 scooter on an aluminum Harbor Freight hitch rack behind my 24' E450 chassis Class C, for local transportation when needed. The scooter weighs 210 lbs and the rack about 50 lbs. There is not one bit of difference in the handling or steering with that load on my small house E450. No perceptible added squat on the rear scooter on vs. off. That comes with having 4500lbs of NCC.

That said, I would not carry any more than that 260 lbs of dead cantilevered weight on my unit, and certainly wouldn't do double that on an E350 with only 138" wheelbase and proportionally more rear overhang.


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Thanks for all of the responses. I’m going to try trailering to start and the see how it goes. I’m also thinking about a front hitch. Any negatives to consider on that?


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We've carried our bicycles on a front trailer hitch. The only problem is traveling after dark, they block your head lights some, not so bad on express ways.

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Posted: 09/17/20 09:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I had a front hitch and tote box on my previous rv.
Take measurements as to the height that the motorcycle body might sit. I don't know if it's a good idea or not to block or partially block the front airflow to the radiator and tranny cooler. Your first mountain climb on a summer day would be able to tell you best. Be prepared to clean it often with bug remover.
The other thing that comes to my mind is the placement of a front hitch . Some sit lower than others and you do not want to reduce your ground clearance entering and exiting driveways as well hilly intersections. Mine would hit curbs when I pulled head-into parking spots.
That's why I suggested to trailer it. I know its a pain to tow and park a trailer at times but I found it to work best.
I set up my trailer to also be a big closet, second bathroom and outdoor kitchen. I installed an awning on it. I used E-track fasteners on the interior walls to make easily removable shelves for storage which were installed above the bike .

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