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scarlton46 12-30-2011 04:57 PM

Bent hitch and frame
 
I just returned from a trip to the desert in my 2010 Class C Solera. I carried a dirt bike on the rear hitch. The rig bounced around quite a bit while driving off-road to find a campsite. When I got home I found that the hitch and frame it attached to are bent, leaving the motorcycle sitting at a 15-20 degree angle. I'd be interested to know if this is a common problem and how to fix it. Do I need to reinforce the frame so it doesn't happen again? Do I need a stronger hitch? Would I be better off mounting a hitch to the front end? Thanks for any advice you can offer.

bikendan 12-30-2011 09:03 PM

well, i'm sure your hitch has a weight limit which you probably exceeded.
and it's not designed to take the abuse of such a heavy weight off-road.

if you plan to keep doing this, you should have a welding shop add additional bracing.
but this mod will void the frame warranty, probably.

campdohbrew 01-02-2012 01:39 PM

As bikendan mentioned a welding shop could help, but the warranty issue? Can you carry you dirt bike in the back of your pickup?

flyrotor 01-04-2012 03:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by campdohbrew (Post 152669)
As bikendan mentioned a welding shop could help, but the warranty issue? Can you carry you dirt bike in the back of your pickup?

It's a class C Solera - Motorhome,

next option - trailer it, little more inconvenience but maybe better in the long run

Triguy 01-04-2012 04:49 AM

Sorry to hear about the bent frame and I wish you the best in getting that sorted out.

If you want an idea for the back of your C, I would avoid most frame mounted systems because of the issues you have already experienced. I am not sure of the specs, but I doubt that a Class C can carry much weight behind the coach.

A nifty idea I saw this summer at a State park we were at was this solution called a swivel-wheel. It fits into a 2" receiver as I recall. I like it because the wheel takes up much of the load. They make one and two-wheel systems. Here's a pic from their site ...

http://www.cruiserlift.com/sitebuild...g.w180h135.jpg

You can also consider carrying it on the front using a receiver mounted carrier.

With either front or back solutions, make sure to check the specs for your coach and receiver and match the carrier and bike weight as appropriate.

Mountainmanbob 01-04-2012 06:39 AM

Swivelwheel --- 50/50 split of weight
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Triguy (Post 152976)
A nifty idea I saw this summer at a State park we were at was this solution called a swivel-wheel. It fits into a 2" receiver as I recall. I like it because the wheel takes up much of the load. They make one and two-wheel systems. Here's a pic from their site ...

If the tow vehicle is to be a fifth wheel travel trailer, the trailer chassis frame needs to be evaluated for the capability of installing a Class-III or Class-IV receiver. The Chassis frame needs to be able to support the weight of the system plus any added loads. The Swivelwheel-46, Swivelwheel-58, and Swivelwheel-58DW systems will have about a 50/50 split. Installing the Swivelwheel system onto a chassis frame that does not have the capacity to handle said system could result in frame damage, slide-outs that no longer work, gel-coat cracking, etc.


so it looks like
this THING would save on 1/2 the weight
just wondering about the other 1/2
some of the frames around
seem to have problems
with ((no)) extra weight added

Mountainman

scarlton46 01-04-2012 10:44 PM

Thanks for the response. I don't have a pick-up. Just the motorhome.


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