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Old 12-08-2013, 03:29 PM   #1
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750# motorcycle on front of A122TH

Can I transport a 750 pound motorcycle on the front of an A122TH? I understand the cargo carrying capacity is 1,600 pounds, but I don't know if so much can be loaded on the front. I would like to mount an ST1100 on the front.
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Old 12-08-2013, 03:45 PM   #2
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What are you pulling with?
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Old 12-08-2013, 04:16 PM   #3
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your tow vehicle's tongue capacity or payload capacity are more important though you're using the trailer's entire CCC of 1600lbs., not the platform's load capacity.

i not sure the front platform has a capacity of that much weight, but i'm sure fellow A-frame owners will chime in here.
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Initially a V-10 Excursion with 4.30's and Roadmaster Active Suspension. My plan is to move to a smaller tow vehicle down the road.

My 3 series BMW with its class 1 hitch would be marginal even unloaded, but I can order a hitch from Europe that would do OK, but I couldn't tow it with anything on the front storage area.

I just didn't know if the frame of the TT could handle that much weight so far forward.
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first, the Excursion will have no problems towing with the added tongue weight of the bike. as long as the platform is spec'd for that amount of weight.

most FR trailers with toy hauling platforms, have a weight limit sticker on the platform. doesn't yours, cause that would give you whether or not it can carry that much weight on the platform.
i can tell you that it's NOT rated for 1600lbs.

but you can forget towing it loaded, with the BMW, European hitch or not.

i just called a local dealer who carries the Rockwood A-frames and he thinks the weight limit on the platform is about 800lbs.
but you have to subtract that from the CCC of 1630lbs., for your battery, cargo, water and propane.
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That sounds good. I can tow it with the X (or its sturdy successor) when I want to take the motorcycle, and I figure the BMW can tow 2,500 pounds or so with electric brakes. No water, small battery and minimal supplies and clothes. I'd have to weigh it, maybe use a 3 pound propane tank stored inside.

Aliners are about 400 pounds lighter, but a lot more expensive, and don't offer the TH option. If it works out, I can take the TT and my motorcycle, towed by the X, to motorcycle rallys and not have to sleep in a tent. Then I can pull a lightened version with my BMW and enjoy good gas mileage. If the BMW can't do it, I'll get something else that can.

These things do come with electric brakes don't they?

I'm brain storming.
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yes, they have electric brakes. over a certain weight, it's the law.

so, you'll need a brake controller to use in either vehicle.
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I have the sister trailer to the Rockwood you are considering - a Flagstaff A-Frame toyhauler and it has a stamp on the tongue that states maximum weight capacity on the deck is 650 lbs.

This model A-Frame also requires a Class IV hitch and uses a 2-5/8 ball. Without my personal belongings in or on it, my A-Frame model weighs under 2300 lbs. with all the options placed by FR
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Hmm. That really limits its usefulness for me. My traveling motorcycle (06 Yamaha XT225) already rides on the front of the X in a carrier.

Are any of these trailers class 1 hitch towable with a 2 " ball?

Handbuilder, do you transport your XT on the front deck?
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A class 1 is rated up to 2000 lbs. The factory shipping weight on the A122TH is 2,186 lbs so it falls outside the specs of a class 1. The factory hitch weight is 354 lbs, way outside of the class 1. Traveling hitch weight will be much higher, even with an empty deck and likely too much for a class 2. So a class 3 at 5000 is the minimum.

The lightest A-frames have a factory weight of ~1900 lbs. There is no way to haul one in a camping configuration and stay under 2000 lbs. The coupler is made for a 2" ball anyway, so that eliminates class 1. The FR A-frames are somewhat "hitch heavy" (my 122s is over 400 lbs) so a class 3 is really in order for safety's sake.
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