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Old 04-23-2016, 04:31 PM   #1
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Shockwave F28SAGDX (WA2812G,F285GSLR) w/ slideout, loading motorycles.

I figured my experience here might be helpful to others. We purchased our Shockwave F28SAGDX last fall, and got the optional sofa slide out. (I've referenced the identical floorplan Stealth and Sandstorm models in the title). We purchased the toy hauler to be able to bring along our (mine and my wife's) motorycles - BMW R1200RT and F800ST. One concern I had was loading these large bikes with the reduced space due to the slide out. I did a lot of measurements before buying, but was still somewhat nervous. We used the rig several times during the winter, but only today finally got around to loading the bikes.

Short answer: They fit!

Longer answer: It really was not a problem at all. I did have to remove the luggage (saddle bags) from the R1200RT, but that is not a big deal. One thing I did (wife's suggestion actually) was to mark where the slide out pillar comes in (you can see masking tape on floor in pictures), then open the slide out to load, just being sure to avoid egress into the previously marked space. That was a big help.

We love the extra space we get with the slide out, and I'm breathing easier now that I've actually loaded the bikes. Wish we had time for a trip!
(Apology for the "sideways" photos - cannot figure out how to fix that. Tried rotating before uploading - no joy).

Jim
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Old 04-23-2016, 08:23 PM   #2
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We can fit up to 4 bikes (smaller) with our setup, I have an aluminum bar u bolted to the front tie downs and wheel chocks against the bar.
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I would be very interested to see some photos of the chocks and more details on how you implemented that!
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Old 04-25-2016, 01:35 AM   #4
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So, before u-bolting the aluminum square bar (from homedepot), I wrap the tie down around the trailer 's tie down loop because there is not enough room to use the hook itself. If you are only doing 2 bikes, I would recommend u bolting the center tie down (renforce the bar better, and the chocks won't move forward).

If you needed a center chock, I pre wrap 2 tie downs around the trailer 's loop and around the bar, lay the center chock down, then tighten down the 2 bikes, it secures the center point.


Before this trailer i trusted just having the chock and 2 tie downs to secure the bikes, but since there are sliders and walls evolved, have 2 straps on the rear ends to prevent side to side motion (my bikes use the middle tie downs not the very back ones) the blue bike closest to the slider only has 1/4-1/2" gap to the slider, never touches

Also note, I used a second tie down on the clutch side of the blue bike to bring the tie down back so it doesn't rub on the slider (don't need the slider cutting it)
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Thanks for the pictures and explanations. I couldn't understand how you were u-bolting the aluminum frame (I was thinking something like through the floor!). And I see how your chocks have rubber pads to protect the floor - that was another thing I was trying to get my mind around.
I like what you've done. Fairly simple to set up (looks like), and having a wheel chock to secure the front wheel is a big plus. I may rig something similar.

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And somewhat related ... looks like you do a lot of track days? Or you race? I would love to do a track day. Better yet, a skills class at a track. One of these days.
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Yeah pictures always help.
I like this set up because you can easily remove the bar and throw it in the basement or truck when the bikes are out. Its square aluminum tubing I got at homedepot, super light weight but strong. I've been using this bar/setup for over 4 years with no issues or mishaps on 2 different toyhaulers.

I've been doing trackdays on and off since 2008, we just got our race license last month thru Trackdaz at CVMA. Its a blast! So many faster people out there ! Haha
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