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Old 10-12-2014, 07:23 AM   #1
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Drivability when adding a Motorcycle lift

Fellow MHer's, I have a 2015 Excursion 35E and I was wondering how the addition of a motorcycle lift will effect the handling of my MH?
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Old 10-12-2014, 07:29 AM   #2
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you probably wouldn't even notice it. Guessing of course, but that excursion has a sturdy chassis and sturdy engine, so...
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Old 10-12-2014, 07:39 AM   #3
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Before you do it go to blueox.com and they have a table you can use by measuring your wheel base, distance from rear bumper to rear axle weights etc to compute how much addition weight you'll be putting on your rear axle, and taking off your front axle. IMO I'd never put a MC lift on the back of a MH that DID NOT have a TAG axle to support the additional weight placed on the rear axle.
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Old 10-12-2014, 07:43 AM   #4
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Here's a link to the Blue Ox calculator.
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I have to agree with D Lindy. Being a rider since the early 60's it breaks my heart I can't take a bike with us. The lift would overload the rear of our 2000 DSDP. With 20/20 hindsight I would've purchased a larger coach with a tag. I'm seriously thinking of a pickup with a rampage motorcycle lift.
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Fellow MHer's, I have a 2015 Excursion 35E and I was wondering how the addition of a motorcycle lift will effect the handling of my MH?
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After we bought our non-tag 40' coach I took it straight to the CAT scale at a local truck stop and found I was 300# over on the rear axle without the carrier so it's out of the question for me. I too brought my first bike home in 1966 and have had one ever since. I'm setting up a Fiat 500 for tow with hopes of having a race trailer soon for the car and bike. The calculator is easy to use and good advice.


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I have the Hydralift on my non-tag and I've weighed (CAT-scale) my Street Glide on the back and am just under the limit on the rear axle.

As for drivability, it makes the coach much smoother. I actually miss having the bike on the back when I take the coach without the additional weight. I guess it helps dampen the bouncing on lousy roads
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The route I'm taking to have my MC with us is to set my P/U for flat towing and then put the MC in the bed of the truck.
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I had a 07 40 phaeton with goldwing on the back and no issues. Have an 11 40ft phaeton now with the wing on a lift towing a 13 f150 and no issues. The coach has been weighed and I am well within the carrying capacity. Handling has not changed.
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I have had a 2000 38' DSDP (Spartan) prior to my current 04 40'DSDP (Freightliner) and used my Overbuilt M/C lift with my Dyna on it and towing as well with absolutely no negative ride characteristics. I have also carried a friend's Electraglide Ultra on the lift and it was not any different ride than my Dyna. I also took my latest coach to the commercial scales and weighed the rear axle weight with the Dyna on it and I was within the load specifications. It's great to be able to take all the toys along when you go!
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I forgot to specify no tag axle on my 40 DSDP!
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You do have to be careful when adding weight aft of the rear axle. Additional weight added to the rear axle causes the rear axle to act like a fulcrum and remove weight from the steering axle. How much weight will be determined by the wheelbase and also the distance from the rear axle to the lift. A coach with a short wheelbase will not be able to withstand much additional weight aft of the rear axle.
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Thanks for all of the info. It seems like I need to do my math and hit the scales.
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Monaco specifically states that bikes are not to be carried near a rear radiator due to windflow and cooling problems. Stands to reason it would be applicable to any rear radiator...
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