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Old 05-02-2012, 10:54 AM   #1
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motorcycle carrier

I installed a Rage Powersports SMC-600 Sport Motorcycle Carrier on our new Solera. It has a 600 pound carrying capacity so it is not for cruisers. My bike is a '79 Triumph Bonneville that weighs 450. I loaded the bike on it and added my own 155 pounds to check it out - jumping around and stressing it as much as I could and it felt very secure.

It's nice having the camera back there to keep an eye on it. It doesn't seem to wiggle around at all on the dirt roads near our home which are a little rough this time of year. It will be nice to have it as a dingy and for recreation as we travel.
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Old 05-02-2012, 12:20 PM   #2
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A picture would tell a lot, if possible. Is it a single receiver mount or did you install 2 receivers off of the frame beams?
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Old 05-02-2012, 12:45 PM   #3
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It mounts in a single receiver. You can see details including a video at The SMC-600 Motorcycle Hauler

Also note that the weight on your hitch will include 99 pounds for the carrier itself. I was told by the dealer that the tongue weight capacity for the hitch on the Solera is 600 pounds so that allows for a 500 pound bike.
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Old 05-02-2012, 03:17 PM   #4
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The towing is 3500lbs and hitch weight limit is 350lbs.

It would be safer to use a small MC trailer.

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Old 05-02-2012, 04:57 PM   #5
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Albany RV sales told me the tongue weight capacity was 600 pounds but I just made contact with the factory service tech who confirms that it is in fact 350 pounds. So - don't do this at home.

I'm going to talk to a welder friend of mine about reinforcing the hitch - but then FR will probably threaten me with warranty violation.

Pulling a trailer without being able to see it except with a wide angle TV camera does not seem like a good idea to me. Actually, pulling would not be the problem - it's the pushing it backwards that I don't want to do.
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Old 05-02-2012, 07:59 PM   #6
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I haul a 2011 Harley TriGlide Trike on a trailer also and not at the same time haul a golfcart when we go to the nascar races. I can see them real good with my camera. I think i would haul a bike on a trailer not hanging on the hitch
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:09 PM   #7
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While I was camoing in hot springs, ar last summer, the guy next to me had a trick carrier on his motorhome to carry his big harley bagger. We talked about it and I had never seen anything like it. Cant remember the maker, but it was a factory unit that basicly slid into 2x 2' receivers on the rear of the rv. It had 1 big caster on the unit with a suspension similar to an old 3 wheeled golf cart front setup and was rated for 1500 or so pounds. I do remember it being expensive ($200 sound right) but they guy loved it and said you had no worries when backing up or towing and he goes all over the country with it. He added a couple of fold away jacks on the front of it and after unloading his bike would just jack it up and slide it out of the receivers.
I helped him load his bike as he was leery of riding it up the ramp and we discussed the unit in detail. It is the only one I have ever seen. Any one have an idea of what it was? It was definateely the ticket for a big bike without dealong with a trailer.
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:14 PM   #8
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Have seen a couple of these in FL last yr.

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Old 05-02-2012, 08:26 PM   #9
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Saw this single wheel trailer and thought it made sense:

http://www.cruiserlift.com/swivelwheel.html

oops, same as above.
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Albany RV sales told me the tongue weight capacity was 600 pounds but I just made contact with the factory service tech who confirms that it is in fact 350 pounds. So - don't do this at home.

I'm going to talk to a welder friend of mine about reinforcing the hitch - but then FR will probably threaten me with warranty violation.

Pulling a trailer without being able to see it except with a wide angle TV camera does not seem like a good idea to me. Actually, pulling would not be the problem - it's the pushing it backwards that I don't want to do.
At one time we were actually installing (and still may be) 5000 lbs hitches (so 500lbs tongue weight). Instead of stocking (2) different hitches, we put on the 5k and then put on a 3500 lbs sticker. Check the hitch! Either way, I would be more concerned about the GVWR. The weight of that bike is not a "towing weight" it is a dead weight that goes against the GVWR which is not a huge amount on the Sprinter anyway. We use Azdel in place of wood to save some weight over our competitors...but it only saves a few hundred lbs.

GVWR of the Sprinter is 11,030lbs. Combined is 15,250...but that is if you are towing...which it appears you are not. So 11,030 is your concern.
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