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Old 03-06-2007, 11:56 AM   #1
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Anyone have any experience or thoughts on the Hydralift Carrier on an Essex/Spartan K2? The interesting feature of this unit is that it is NOT a triple receiver mount model as it fastens directly to the frame rails. Looks to be about $4,000 for lift plus $1,000 to install.
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Anyone have any experience or thoughts on the Hydralift Carrier on an Essex/Spartan K2? The interesting feature of this unit is that it is NOT a triple receiver mount model as it fastens directly to the frame rails. Looks to be about $4,000 for lift plus $1,000 to install.
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Old 03-06-2007, 04:13 PM   #3
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Jeff, I would again renew my personal suggestion for you, or anyone else interested in doing this to contact Newmar or even Spartan Chassis...
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I have the Hydralift with the new cover on my 05 Dutch Star on a Spartan. I carry a BMW that weighs in at about 850 pounds wet. I've been on all kinds of roads well over 20,000 miles with no problems. We are in Mexico right now. I don't notice any difference driving the motor home with or without the bike.

The hydralift was more expensive than the others, but it appears much better built. I think it was well worth the investment. The new cover is great as it really keeps the bike clean, and cover doesn't touch the bike. The down side is that it makes connecting a car a little more difficult.

If I'm OK on a Dutch Star with single rear axle, I can't imagine you would have any problem on an Essex. However, I'm 100% sure that both Spartan and Newmar will tell it's not recomended and if you have ride problems it will void that part of the warrantee. I think you'll get that same response anytime you want to make changes to the motor home like this. They don't want to add any additional risk, which is logical and expected.

I love having my bike with me. I really like not having a trailer to park everytime we stop for the night.

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Old 03-08-2007, 05:35 AM   #5
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I'm going to put a Hydralift on my Dutch Star also.

Even though I knew what the answer would be, I called both Newmar and Spartan to get their take on this. I was not disappointed- they both said that their official position was that it may void parts of my warranty if they determined that the lift may have contributed to the problem of the moment.

My warranty runs out in April of '08, so there will be no warranty coverage anyhow, so I'm looking forward to getting my lift.
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Old 03-08-2007, 08:14 AM   #6
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Thanks guys....

I am happy we live in a world where we are free to make our own choices...

With a golf cart, Hummer and now a bike or two, tralering is about the only option I have.
I say bike or two,as I've been offered a deal on a preowned Firefighter Special Edition full dresser.
ALWAYS had my eye on one of them....
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Pretty much why we went with the ATME: Harley, ATVs, bicycles, crusin' coolers, toad, golf cart, etc, etc. Trailor and/or lift was just too much hastle when traveling a lot(as we are not ready yet to settle down to 3 or 4 places)-we can load up and be gone in 5 minutes!
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I say bike or two,as I've been offered a deal on a preowned Firefighter Special Edition full dresser.
ALWAYS had my eye on one of them.... </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I would be more than happy to ride the "old" bike for you to keep it from rustin' up.

I knew keeping my M/C license might come in handy.
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Dirk, I think I might be able to arrange that...

Something else I might add to this discussion is that just when you think you've "seen every way to carry a bike" all you need to do is attend one of these events.

As I've walked through the vendor sites and the camp sites, I've seen just about anything you could possibly dream of, even a motorcycle sidecar set up as a small bike hauler....THAT was wild.
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As luck would have it I just was chatting with another ATC stacker owner who also has a Hydralift on his Monaco Signature.
As he is in the fabricating business he showed me the added improvements he's done to what the "stock" Hydralift was sold him.
He has added three arms off of frame,which now resembles a triple receiver...

Looks really nice...
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I purchased a used Hydralift a few weeks ago to install on the rear of my Mountain Aire. I have to make a trip down south to pick it up soon. I will post a few pictures when I get it installed. Might stimulate some interest for the fiver gang. I don't know if I would put it on just any fiver but with the dual tandems and a 6 K useful load I don't think the Harley will be any problem.

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That ought to make it easier than getting it off the Tractor.
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Yep, but the Smart Car will be coming on and off the tractor.

Smart Car Bed Build

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Now thats what I call a Smart Car had me dumb for a minute

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