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Old 12-22-2012, 10:11 PM   #1
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Blue Ox SC2000 motor cycle carrier

I'm wondering if this carrier would satisfactorily carry my 2009 Harley Sportster 883L on my 2012 Ford Explorer XLT while being towed by my Monaco?

Has anyone tried a similar set up?
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Old 12-23-2012, 07:01 AM   #2
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According to all the specs, yes. Your Sporty weighs much less than the 1000lbs rating. The Explorer also weighs in about 500lbs less than the 5000lb towing weight. A Monaco DP would have no problem.

I would have one if my gasser could handle it. Unfortunatley, gassers with extended frames can't handle this setup.
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Old 12-23-2012, 08:57 AM   #3
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Check the tongue weight rating of the hitch on your Explorer. I suspect that it is 500 lbs. The weight of your motorcycle/carrier combination probably exceeds this weight.
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Should be no issue: make sure you get a good welder. Mine actually set up a nifty brave system. With the Set up. Nothing moves, not like all those cheaper hitch models that sway back and fro.

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According to all the specs, yes. Your Sporty weighs much less than the 1000lbs rating. The Explorer also weighs in about 500lbs less than the 5000lb towing weight. A Monaco DP would have no problem.
I apparently misread your post. I thought you were going to mount this on the MH, then pull the Explorer behind that, which is how it's designed. If you are really planning on putting this on the Explorer, you need to check the hitch rating on that. Doubtful it will handle the 600lb tongue weight.
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:10 AM   #6
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Scooter carrier

I carry a scooter on the front of my Tundra, and one thing I would caution you on is the height of the carrier and the ramp angle. Too high and too steep of an angle and believe me, it's not fun loading or unloading.

You might want to investigate a step down hitch. Also, the carrier I have is up to the task, the ramp not so much, I had to reinforce it as it seemed to want to twist when loaded.

Tip: I start my scooter and use it's power to load, much easier!
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Old 12-23-2012, 02:40 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone.

The Sportster weights 535 lbs and the Blue Ox SC 2000 carrier is rated at 600 lbs.

The 2012 Explorer has a Ford 2" class III factory hitch. I can't find the weight rating on the vehicle or in the manuals so I'll have to call them. It looks adequate, but I know that means nothing.

I also have an Eide Boat Loader on the roof rack and a Lowe 1236 Jon boat on that. The boat weighs 130 lbs and the aluminum boat loader is also very light.
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Old 12-23-2012, 02:46 PM   #8
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Correction.

The p/n I'm thinking about is Blue Ox SC2001.
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