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Old 08-22-2018, 09:33 AM   #1
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I have a Goldwing and am interested in placing a Cruiserlift on the back of my 35 foot Ventana diesel pusher. Looks like it can work well but interested if anyone has had experience good or bad on lifts (Cruiserlift, Overbilt, Hydralift, etc.) with their coaches. Especially with a heavy bike such as the Goldwing.
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Old 08-22-2018, 10:39 AM   #2
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I have the Hydrolift and a Harley Street Glide. Not sure about the other brands but what I like about the Hydrolift is that it is welded into the frame and not just into the hitch. It is also very easy to operate, no cables, motors etc, just a hydrolic pump.
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Old 08-22-2018, 06:55 PM   #3
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Don't have it installed yet (Ventana on order), but I'm purchasing a Hydralift to hold a Golf Cart. They appear to be the only one that can support the 900 lbs load of the cart. Dealer says about 2-3 days due to welding and such. I did this so I didn't have to tow a pickup to hold the golf cart......
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Old 08-23-2018, 02:45 AM   #4
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I have a Goldwing and am interested in placing a Cruiserlift on the back of my 35 foot Ventana diesel pusher. Looks like it can work well but interested if anyone has had experience good or bad on lifts (Cruiserlift, Overbilt, Hydralift, etc.) with their coaches. Especially with a heavy bike such as the Goldwing.
We use a Cruiserlift on the back of our 34' (33' 10") Ventana, to carry a Kawasaki Nomad 1500 (dry weight listed at 739 lbs). It has been a good experience for us. We've also adapted the lift to carry an ATV when desert camping too.

We like to remove the lift when it is not needed, as the RV won't fit in our garage with the lift installed.

We have driven with the Kawa on the lift across the country and from So. Calif to and through Alaska with no problems at all, probably 40-50k miles since we purchased it in 2011.
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I would love to add a MC lift to our DS, but with the rear axle weight now, I only have about another 1000 lb cap in the rear. Adding the weight of a lift mechanism and a 700 lb bike that far back would probably put me over. Have you had your coach weighed?
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I have the HydraLift too. Great lift, easy to operate, very smooth.

Mine is not welded to frame. It is bolted in place (I bought it used and the guy I got it from also had it bolted to frame). Installation instructions says it can be welded or bolted.

Rear Axle weight is the issue. With large bike and the weight of the lift itself, you could overload the Axle. If you have a 1000 lbs of unused capacity, you would be fine carrying a 740 lb bike. IMO.
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Thanks for all the replies. When calling the Cruiserlift people, they seemed to have no worries with any diesel pusher and have a formula for the axle weight of gas rv's. Will make sure to weigh anyway.
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Just sold my 2017 Hydralift 5096 HLA Platform lift this week. Traded coaches and decided not to have it installed on the new one.
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Rewilla - what are the dimensions of that platform? I'm scrounging up the funds to put a sidecar on my Chieftain and something like that might fit the bill to haul the rig.
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I would love to add a MC lift to our DS, but with the rear axle weight now, I only have about another 1000 lb cap in the rear. Adding the weight of a lift mechanism and a 700 lb bike that far back would probably put me over. Have you had your coach weighed?
I was told by Hydra lift support that having a tag really helps. My dealer , however, actually contacted Newmar to verify we could handle the weight. So far looks good, but, still need the coach.
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Since my Ventana is not a tag axle I am going to weigh the axles today and see what leeway I have. The lift will be about 200 # and the Goldwing is about 900 # so do not want to get to close to axle limits. May have to get a smaller motorcycle but I am sure the wife will not be happy with that for she so enjoys riding the Goldwing.
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I'm certainly not an engineer, but I would think the weight of the bike and lift would be multiplied depending on how far behind the rear axle it is located. I'm sure there's a formula for this. Someone smarter than me, please chime in.
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Rewilla - what are the dimensions of that platform? I'm scrounging up the funds to put a sidecar on my Chieftain and something like that might fit the bill to haul the rig.
Hydralift's series 5096 HLA platform lift has a load platform of 50" x 96" and can accept up to 1,500 lbs.
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Hydralift's series 5096 HLA platform lift has a load platform of 50" x 96" and can accept up to 1,500 lbs.
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