Originally Posted by BounderDan
I'm rather interested in your solution to both carry and tow. I've a couple of question I hope you can help with, however. 1) Does the engine heat from the motorhome cause any problems--it is near impossible to stand behind our rear radiator with the coach running on a hot day? 2) With the tow hitch's pivot point farther from the coaches rear axle is there a significant turning/tracking adjustment? Thanks for your thoughts/experience. Dan
I was concerned about that heat situation when I setup our coach with the Hydralift too. While the radiator is somewhat close to the actual back of the coach, there's still a fair distance to what would be carried back there. I designed and installed all the metal bracketry that held the Hydralift on ours. And, I knew way in advance of the "canteliver" weight effect factor. So, I put that lift as humanly possible to the rear of the coach as I could get, still thinking about the heat factor.
But, when it was all said and done, I put the bike on the lift and drove around. I would stop and, using a heat gun, check components on the bike, namely much of what's called the "Tupperware" (i.e. all the plastic body work on the bike) and see just what temp all that was running at vs what it started at, at the beginning of the drive. Yep, it certainly raised in temp a bit but, not to any critical state. So, I was happy with what I found.
Now, as for the turning situation while having a Hydralift on the back. I was concerned about that too. So, when it was all installed and done and, the bike was on the lift. I hooked up our Jeep to be towed and, put my son and his fiance in the Jeep so he could observe the close proximity to the Hydralift platform as I turned, entered and exited dipps, dips AND turns, and all that.
It was close when I did a dip and turn at the same time but, I had a remedy for that. I was not using my Ready Brake actuator at the test run time. So, when I installed the Ready Brake actuator, that gave me an additional 14"-16" of clearance between the lift platform and the front grill/hood of the Jeep. All was well.
Another item you may or may not be interested in is, I designed that mounting system so that, that lift could be completely removed in just under 5 minutes. I installed quick disconnect hydraulic fittings in the hydraulic line between the pump and the lift. I also installed what's called "Weathepak" electrial connector in the 12V electrical line.
Now, when it came time to disconnect that lift, it was simple. I'd lower the lift onto a Harbor Freight polyurethane furniture dolly. Then, I'd disconnect both the hydraulics and the electrics and, undo the clamps that held the lift to the coach. Then, I'd lift it off it's cradles and, set that section on another dolly. All I'd do at at that point is, roll the lift out of the way and, into its parking place while not on the coach. DONE!
I set that lift up like that so that maintenance could be performed or, repairs could be performed without that lift in the way. Waaaaaaaaaay nicer than trying to work around it. Anyway, just some thoughts for you.