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Old 10-04-2013, 04:33 PM   #1
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Towing a Motorcycle

Here is a question for those of you that tow a motorcycle on the hitch. I've seen quite a few out on the road, but the folk at the motorcycle forum I belong to say not to do it.

We were going to buy a Jeep Cherokee to tow behind because my truck is too heavy and the wife's car is AWD. We then realized it will be a PITA so we decided to rent a vehicle wherever we end up. However, for shorter trips within the State we would like to have something to put around in case we need something from the store. I have a couple of bikes that would do the trick, but not sure how safe it is to tow. I was looking at a carrier that you put the bike in sideways behind the coat and it mounts to the hitch. It is rated up to 1k lbs, and my bike only weights around 500 lbs.

Like I said, the folks at the motorcycle forum say it would be too much weight on the tongue and too much stress on everything.

Any suggestions from experience?
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Old 10-07-2013, 02:33 PM   #2
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I normally pull my Jeep behind the motorhome but I have a hitch mounted carrier that I used to carry a Honda CRF450. It seemed pretty "maxed out" with the Honda on there and it only weighs about 225. I don't think I would want anything heavier than that on there. It moved around and bounced up and down a lot and I did nothing but worry the whole time it was back there. I even welded a bar to the carrier that would bolt to the side of the receiver for stabilization. I ended up buying a small trailer for the bike(s) and I'm a lot happier.

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A buddy hauls his Harley on one with out issue. As long as you're hitch and coach is rated to haul the weight it won't be a problem. If all else fails get a nice little motorcycle trailer.
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I normally pull my Jeep behind the motorhome but I have a hitch mounted carrier that I used to carry a Honda CRF450. It seemed pretty "maxed out" with the Honda on there and it only weighs about 225. I don't think I would want anything heavier than that on there. It moved around and bounced up and down a lot and I did nothing but worry the whole time it was back there. I even welded a bar to the carrier that would bolt to the side of the receiver for stabilization. I ended up buying a small trailer for the bike(s) and I'm a lot happier.

The one I was looking at is beefier than that one and it's rated for 1k lbs.
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A buddy hauls his Harley on one with out issue. As long as you're hitch and coach is rated to haul the weight it won't be a problem. If all else fails get a nice little motorcycle trailer.
I've seen coaches hauling bikes and the reason I ask. The bike I want to haul weight max 500 lbs and the carrier I was looking at is rated for 1k lbs. Not sure what the tongue weight is for my coach, I just know that the hitch is rated for 5k lbs.

I have an 8x12 utility trailer with motorcycle chocks installed, but I hat to have to make the coach even longer. Maybe a small one bike trailer would work, but wondering how you'd go in reverse if you had to.
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I've seen coaches hauling bikes and the reason I ask. The bike I want to haul weight max 500 lbs and the carrier I was looking at is rated for 1k lbs. Not sure what the tongue weight is for my coach, I just know that the hitch is rated for 5k lbs. I have an 8x12 utility trailer with motorcycle chocks installed, but I hat to have to make the coach even longer. Maybe a small one bike trailer would work, but wondering how you'd go in reverse if you had to.
The mounts that are rated to carry the heavier bikes normally require additional supports that are welded to the frame rails on the motorhome. You have to make sure that the motorhome and the frame are rated for the extra weight. That is why you usually see these carriers on diesel pushers. The frame extensions on the gas rigs are normally not rated for the extra weight.
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The mounts that are rated to carry the heavier bikes normally require additional supports that are welded to the frame rails on the motorhome. You have to make sure that the motorhome and the frame are rated for the extra weight. That is why you usually see these carriers on diesel pushers. The frame extensions on the gas rigs are normally not rated for the extra weight.
Thanks for explaining, makes sense. Small bike trailer it is.
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http://www.discountramps.com/motorcycle-trailers.htm The kendons are real nice if you don't mind the price.
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http://www.discountramps.com/motorcycle-trailers.htm The kendons are real nice if you don't mind the price.
They make the Kendon trailers a couple of miles from my house in Anaheim. First class operation that builds quality trailers. They also fold up and roll into your garage standing up.
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Oh, those are nice trailers. I like the swivel one since you can back up without a problem. Showed the wife and when she saw the $$$, she gave me the evil eye. She said it would be cheaper to rent a car wherever we go. Really?
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