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Old 08-14-2014, 10:02 AM   #1
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A Trailer, a pickup, and a Motorcycle; impossible?

My wife and I retired last winter and spent the season living in a small Class C motorhome (Winnebago Rialta). The living was great, but the Volkswagen portion of the camper was troublesome (nobody likes to work on VWs, including VW dealers). So, we're looking for a small trailer that we'll pull with a small pickup (probably a Ford Ranger with a 4L 6 cylinder and manual transmission). The saving grace of our first trip was my dual purpose motorcycle, which we pulled behind the RV on a small trailer.

So, we're looking for a small camper trailer, probably the Forest River 19FD or RB, which we will pull with the pickup. The problem is getting the motorcycle into that mix. If you are doing something like this and have a suggestion, I'm all ears, eyes, and ready to learn.


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Old 08-14-2014, 10:16 AM   #2
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Well... put the bike in the pickup bed! lol

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Old 08-14-2014, 10:16 AM   #3
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Can you tell us how much your Ranger will tow? Any idea of the weight of the motorcycle?


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Old 08-14-2014, 10:18 AM   #4
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Sorta obvious

That would be the plan. However, I get conflicting opinions about the whole plan, so I was hoping to hear from someone who is already doing it or who tried it and had about as much "fun" as I did last winter with problems.
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Old 08-14-2014, 10:20 AM   #5
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The Ranger's tow capacity is 6,000 pounds and the bike weights about 275.
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Old 08-14-2014, 10:48 AM   #6
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I've seen some *really* small toy hauler travel trailers. Just put the motorcycle in the garage.

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Old 08-14-2014, 10:52 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by 2wheelgeezer View Post
The Ranger's tow capacity is 6,000 pounds and the bike weights about 275.
Not sure what year your Ranger is, but I pulled a 2800 lb popup with a Ranger - 4.0L V-6 and a manual transmission. Had plenty of pulling power, but the manual transmission reduced the tow rating from 5,000 with an automatic to 2,000 with the 5 speed.

So, I figured "what does Ford know anyway." And a popup has very little wind resistance compared to a full height trailer. After I put a new tranny in it because the gears blew apart in it, I went and got a new vehicle with an automatic and higher tow capacity.

Between the bike and tongue weight of the trailer, you are probably going to exceed the payload capacity of the truck as well.

If you want to stay with a small truck, the Durango is about the only option out there that's really got some decent towing capacity. I loved my Ranger - kept it 15 years, but its really not a great tow vehicle for a travel trailer.

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Old 08-14-2014, 10:59 AM   #8
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My first pop up was towed with a Ranger V6 4.0Land a manual transmission. It can be done, but I wouldn't suggest it. After the second trip, DW was talking about upgrading the TV.

And that was with pop up, i wouldn't even consider it with a Travel Trailer
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Old 08-14-2014, 10:59 AM   #9
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We don't have a compact RV / TV, but we are about to be addressing the issue of a TV / RV and motorcycles. And the RV is not a toyhauler.

I will be building a small MC trailer (from Harbor Freight) and the truck, 5er, MC trailer should be right at (or just under) 65'. The trailer and bikes will be light enough to pretty easily unhitch and move around by hand.

I know that Palomino (we have a Columbus 365RL) does not support or recommend installing a hitch and / or double towing. BUT... our warranty expires in a month, the optional fold down back rack (we don't have this) is rated at 400 lbs. The motorcycle trailer I will be building AND both motorcycles will weight about 800lb (total) and have a tongue weight of about 60 - 80 lbs. The hitch will be attached well up into the frame rails (about 24" or so) and be more than adequately braced.

The bikes are a 2013 Yamaha TW200 (just bought it last week) and TBD model for the wife. Her's will be a 250 - 300 lbs (200cc - 250cc) model too.

As implied above, we don't have the MC trailer yet, but have the TW. AND... we are currently 600 miles from home, RV'ing in El Paso. So I am going to have to remove the front wheel and handlebars, and secure it sideways at the front of the bed, to get it home.


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Since you don't have the trailer or the truck yet, you've got lots of options.

My recommendation would be to look at some of the smaller toy haulers. You can get some still in that 18-19 range you're looking at. Once the bike's out of the garage and the benches/table/bed or whatever is in the garage is down it should have all the amenities of the rigs you're looking at.

Next, get the right truck to haul the trailer you pick. You may have to go bigger than a ranger, but shouldn't have to go all the way up to 3/4 ton. Also take a look at the SUV market. There's lots of options there with decent towing and payload capacity that could be better than a ranger, but still be not as large as the 1/2 tons.

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