Hey Russ - posted this over on another thread - might help ya a little.
and when you load your motorcycle, jack up the front end and put some blocks and a ramp under the door to lessen the angle tween the ramp and the hauler floor. Do this lest ye rip the kickstand spring off the bottom of your bike. (yeah - did that...once)
Fortunately the H-D dealer was within twenty minutes and they stayed open to sell me a $7.00 spring.
Lotsa folks on here w/ great experiences. Check the "Pimp my" thread, some great ideas there.
Take it on a "shake down" cruise of sorts. Pick a local campground and spend the night. We went to a local county park. We found out ALOT about many things...like that heavy-assed dining table they say goes inside. NOT!!
(we put ours outside by the wheel well and use TV trays inside and the campground picnic table outside)
Get an equalizer hitch. Period.
Make sure you got enough tow vehicle. (That Smartcar won't get it - neither will that Explorer!)
Check back on this site often - there's plenty of winter projects I've picked up from here that I'll be doing. (Spare tire, extra cabinets, etc)
Most of all - enjoy the experience. Oh - savor the journey - its half the fun!
...lotta work to do this winter