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Old 07-19-2020, 04:02 PM   #1
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This is for those considering carrying a modest size motorcycle on their trailer hitch. I have a 30x3 and bought a little BMW for a trip to Alaska (now not happening this year) because I didnít want to haul the Cherokee there and back and deal with towing through smaller gas stations. It weighs 350 pounds. I bought a pretty good hitch mount with ramp under $300.

After setting it up I was intimidated by the rack being at knee height...concerned about losing control of it particularly when backing it off. My wife is a little help getting the wheel over the stay but she is small and not much help controlling it, particularly if it got off center or off the ramp.

So I looked into ramps with a jack. Prices ranged from about $700 to over $3,500. That lost my interest.

I then realized I already have hydraulic jacks...which I likely paid more for! So the procedure is to use the RV front jacks only all the way up for loading and unloading the motorcycle. That lowers the ramp to about a foot off the ground. Viola!
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Old 07-19-2020, 07:38 PM   #2
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How high are your front tires coming off the ground?

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Old 07-19-2020, 09:19 PM   #3
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Old 07-21-2020, 12:05 PM   #4
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I don't trust anything the Rv industry does - Rant Over.
I manufactured my own!
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Old 07-21-2020, 01:18 PM   #5
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Nice illustration of the problem I solved.

The rack I bought is similar to yours but has a wider track and is steel. It has nothing to do with RV industry.
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Old 07-21-2020, 01:58 PM   #6
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that's what I do behind my fifth wheel, rack is up even higher when level and there's not much leverage rolling it on or off (don't try riding it up, it's not pretty and don't ask me how I know!). There are some others that might fit the bill. If the bike is light enough there's https://motojackrack.com/, I have one but not happy with how it works for my dual sport, flops around too much. They also just designed one that is a combination of a linear actuator (think electric front trailer jack) combined with a rail like you're using and it's stout enough for a Harley, it's still prototype but they are very friendly if you want to call them, it's pretty slick.


I'm just hauling dirt bikes, max bike weight is about 260#.
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that's what I do behind my fifth wheel, rack is up even higher when level and there's not much leverage rolling it on or off (don't try riding it up, it's not pretty and don't ask me how I know!). There are some others that might fit the bill. If the bike is light enough there's https://motojackrack.com/, I have one but not happy with how it works for my dual sport, flops around too much. They also just designed one that is a combination of a linear actuator (think electric front trailer jack) combined with a rail like you're using and it's stout enough for a Harley, it's still prototype but they are very friendly if you want to call them, it's pretty slick.


I'm just hauling dirt bikes, max bike weight is about 260#.
I do use the engine to run it up...but not sitting on it. Another reason to have it low to the ground.

Unfortunately I set up the rack to drive up from the left so my shift and kickstand are on the RV side. I need to get inspired and swap that around...just some unbolting and rebolting.
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I do use the engine to run it up...but not sitting on it. Another reason to have it low to the ground.

Unfortunately I set up the rack to drive up from the left so my shift and kickstand are on the RV side. I need to get inspired and swap that around...just some unbolting and rebolting.

I tried to run it up the ramp once too but it got away from me, wasn't pretty either. Mind you these are dirt bikes (one with a plate) so scratches, etc. are not of a concern.
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I tried to run it up the ramp once too but it got away from me, wasn't pretty either. Mind you these are dirt bikes (one with a plate) so scratches, etc. are not of a concern.
My rack has a wheel stop that would be hard to get over.
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When we purchased our Georgetown in 2012, we also got 2 Chinese scooters to go on the back. It worked out OK but we are not all weather riders so when it rained we were in the MH. After one fell on me going up the ramp we sold them and bought an MG Midget as a towed. That was fun until it broke away from the hitch.'
Next is our present towed(see below) which has been to Alaska and all the states in between. I highly recommend towing, there is plenty of room in the gas stations, they cater to tractor trailers pulling 53 foot doubles!!
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My rack has a wheel stop that would be hard to get over.

oh trust me, so does mine, didn't go off the end, fell over sideways.
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oh trust me, so does mine, didn't go off the end, fell over sideways.
Thus the purpose of this thread.
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Old 07-22-2020, 08:15 PM   #13
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I have a 2013 Georgetown xl and own a
750 lb Harley Davidson so I designed a rack with a triple receiver and I get zero bounce on the rack , I also use the front hydraulic
Levelers youíre lower rear but I walk the bike up with motor running, I custom made the rack but purchased a tire stop that also flips up behind the front wheel , works perfect
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