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Old 08-31-2012, 08:54 AM   #11
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What you guys are using is working for you so I'm not criticizing but.....
Hitch weights are typically rated for 12" overhang. Every inch longer
you hang in the receiver reduces the tongue weight rating of the hitch.
It's that pesky lever and fulcrum thing raising it's ugly head.

That bonneville is a neat bike and I sooooooo wanted one back in my
youth. Do try to keep all hitch type carriers as close to the back of
your rig as possible. I urge you to load and then follow your rig one
day in a car to watch how much bounce you get on rough roads, dips
RR tracks etc. Just be careful out there and by all means

Wish I could do this but our next rig is most likely an ultralite 5th wheel
and those guys don't have the frame to hang a 450 LB motorcycle on the
back end.
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Old 08-31-2012, 09:01 AM   #12
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I had the hitch re-enforced & welded with steel brackets. I went with the SMC 600.
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Old 08-31-2012, 09:34 AM   #13
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I bought a carrier to haul our 2 dirt bikes from Loading Ramps, Hauling, Transport, & Skateboard Ramp Superstore - Discount Ramps.com it works great and they have quite a few to choose from.
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Old 08-31-2012, 10:30 AM   #14
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I had the hitch re-enforced & welded with steel brackets. I went with the SMC 600.
Have ya seen the thread where the op was complaining about how two "C" channel main frames took new shape from the rear wheels to the overloaded rear bumper? None of these RVs are rated for anything beyond the design and build. If they were you could not put any people, liquids or stores aboard, they would be at max load just after the build. They are built light weight for the purpose of the end user have room to load and max space to live. Most ratings are meant to approach the load, not exceed it by 20% or more. Some day you're bike may be lunch for an 18 wheeler. You need to keep an close eye on all faseners, structural members and support members. Brakets are a local enhancement, they don't rasie the rating of the towing package. The builder has the design say, even if the tow bracket exceeds the builder design. It doesn't raise the rating. Now the carry is almost 200% of the design. Bouncing does not equal "cylic stress fatigue", the main cause of metal bending and failure. Keep an eye on it.
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Old 09-02-2012, 10:54 AM   #15
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I originally wanted to carry my 500 lb motorcycle but after reading about hitch carriers on the solera, I bought a used scooter instead and the owner had a Versahaul that he had used once and threw in with the scoot. The scoot weighs just under 200 and the carrier is about 60. The rig handles great with it and the light scooter is so much easier to load/unload than the bike would be. The scooter is also quieter than my bike. No regrets.
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