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Old 04-26-2012, 09:40 AM   #1
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Hitch weight capability for a scooter rack

I have a 5000 lb tow hitch on my Ford chassis but unsure what my limitation for weight would be for a scooter "rack". I have a 528 lb scooter and not sure if the hitch is strong enough to carry the bike. I've been toying with getting a lighter bike but would take a killing on selling this one. Would a hydraulic lift be the answer? Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old 04-26-2012, 06:38 PM   #2
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5000 pounds tow hitch can support 10% on it
So 500 pounds the most. And don't forget the swing in the back.
I have a Georgetown 338 and called forest river about this before and they told me that if I put a motorcycle standing on the hitch ,the warranty is no longer valid. So I finally came with an enclosed trailer. The frames on motor homes or any camping trailer are not strong enough to handle that kind of weight.
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Old 04-26-2012, 08:19 PM   #3
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5000 pounds tow hitch can support 10% on it
So 500 pounds the most. And don't forget the swing in the back.
I have a Georgetown 338 and called forest river about this before and they told me that if I put a motorcycle standing on the hitch ,the warranty is no longer valid. So I finally came with an enclosed trailer. The frames on motor homes or any camping trailer are not strong enough to handle that kind of weight.
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OK thank you. Very important to know about the warranty.
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Old 04-26-2012, 08:39 PM   #4
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Do you have a motor home or a trailer?
In both cases,and believe me I tried, putting that kind of weight on the tongue with the swing created by the road might reserve bad news.
Excuse my English I'm French speaking
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Old 04-26-2012, 08:49 PM   #5
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I have a Motorhome. It sounds like it's not doable. I will either get a trailer or a smaller scooter.
(your English is fine). Shall I say merci beaucoup??
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Old 04-27-2012, 07:01 AM   #6
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Merci beaucoup is very fine
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:38 AM   #7
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Take a look at this thread, Great Add On
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I think your scooter is a bit heavy for carrying only with a hitch carrier. I have a Honda elite 250cc scooter 1986 in new condition and if I want to carry it I use a small trailer. My scooter weight 340 pounds. You must have one of those big Suzuki scooters.
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Old 04-27-2012, 09:25 AM   #9
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Actually I have a Piaggio MP3 400cc. I really love the stability but I really don't want to haul a trailer. Do you know what weight is completely safe for my hitch?
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Old 04-27-2012, 09:42 AM   #10
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Thank you for this. I see this is a class A Motorhome and mine is only a C. I do not want to chance any stress cracks or headaches down the road. Thanks for finding this for me.
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