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Old 08-13-2014, 05:49 AM   #29
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DSL417, we want to be able to bring a bike with us too, and are debating which of three approaches to use on a 40 ft tag axel 4018 DSDP. 1.) Hydralift. 2.) Rampage lift in yet to be purchased pick up truck toad. 3.) 20 to 26 ft. open or enclosed trailer to carry bike or side by side ATV and existing convertible car.

I assume that you carried a bike in the Toad pickup before having the Hydra lift installed. Now that you have used the Hydralift and have experience with loading/tying it down, is it your preferred way to carry a bike?

If these questions amount to an un wanted shift in this thread, advise and I will repost a new thread. Thanks for any input you and others with bike carrying experience care to offer us to aid in making our choice.
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Old 08-13-2014, 04:14 PM   #30
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I set us up with a Blue Ox platform lift and carried the BMW R1200GSA, and flat towed a car. For us, it seemed to be the best of all the choices. The bike could stay loaded, up and hard to mess with when we traveled, or left the coach somewhere. The car could be used after a quick disconnect, and we could run around without the bike as a passenger, to dinner or short trips. The Blue Ox platform lift also worked well to carry a huge patio BBQ to a tailgate or group gathering. Our option to take a back in space was better without a trailer/garage, and did not require a pull thru space.

I have sold the bike, and the lift, and looking at the next set up, and looking at an enclosed trailer. But then I will have to deal with the issues of it's storage, and pull through spots. Plus there is always the chance that the trailer has to be parked in the RV park storage area. Now I would have go get it to re-load in the AM before departing, instead the last evening.

There is no simply or correct or best solution.
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Old 08-14-2014, 07:24 AM   #31
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I'll put my high beam on and move to the left so he sees me in his mirror.
Those high beams have a good and bad effect. Oncoming high beams cause me to look away from the light thus you aren't seen at all. From the rear is not so bad as I just look away from the mirror. A high beam can give lots of folks an instant migraine, me included, and once again you will become effectively invisible.

As to the OP question, I have an Overbilt lift and take the tension off of the cable resting it on the pins and have no movement from the bike. I just use two 2" straps on the handlebar.
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Old 08-15-2014, 09:22 AM   #32
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Hydralift...no question. Leaves the truck available to carry the golf cart

Really, the rampage ramp is less expensive and a nice solution....but it is still not cheap. I consider the Hydralift the Cadillac of these solutions; I thin either work. I strongly recommend against just a ramp to drive your bike into the back of the pickup...unloading is nerve wracking and dangerous...certainly a two person job to make sure you don't tip over if something goes wrong. JMHO
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Thanks for the input Sailwing and DSL17. Without any concept of what we will find to do when snow birding in the coach, we aren't comfortable with choosing whether to "lift" and tow four down, or trailer. As Sailwing said, there is no one best solution. This lifestyle offers so many variants of ways to enjoy it that one must "know" which approach "fits" there own vision.

Before investing in more "stuff" (lift, truck, jeep, side-by-side trailer, etc.) we will probably go without a motorcycle or a side-by-side this first season and see what is possible in the places we visit. We can probably rent either a motorcycle or a side-by-side for as often as we will use them this trip, since there is going to be so much new to see we won't be able to devote time to any one main "theme" activity.
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Thanks for the input Sailwing and DSL17. Without any concept of what we will find to do when snow birding in the coach, we aren't comfortable with choosing whether to "lift" and tow four down, or trailer. As Sailwing said, there is no one best solution. This lifestyle offers so many variants of ways to enjoy it that one must "know" which approach "fits" there own vision.

Before investing in more "stuff" (lift, truck, jeep, side-by-side trailer, etc.) we will probably go without a motorcycle or a side-by-side this first season and see what is possible in the places we visit. We can probably rent either a motorcycle or a side-by-side for as often as we will use them this trip, since there is going to be so much new to see we won't be able to devote time to any one main "theme" activity.
Probably a good approach, but I will say, you can get sucked into buying toys based upon where you Winter (or Summer), and based upon the activities and folks doing same at these locations. JME, if you don't seek out similar (like Kayaking for example), you'll find yourself buying toys you end up not using the next Summer or Winter.

I guess what I'm saying is choose an area for doing what you enjoy, like 4 wheeling or ATVing in the desert during the Winter. If you don't have any hobbies like this now, visit several areas and try (rent) to see if you'll like it. As for motorcycles, that's a little harder to do, because many states require a motorcycle endorsement. In addition, I would not recommend renting a motorcycle if you haven't had training. The big bikes are a heck of a lot different than the Honda 50 you had as a kid. At 800#s, there is a lot more to handling and ride. JMHO
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