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Old 06-10-2019, 08:35 AM   #15
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The Hydralift/CruiserLift/Overbilt lifts look wonderful but they're also between 250# and 300# themselves. This might push me instead towards one of the lighter ramp-platform solutions, which weigh about 100#. But I've not tried running a 473# motorcycle up a ramp
I did what you are thinking. The Blue Ox carrier hugs the rear of the coach. At the time, I had a 40' Phaeton with a 330 Cat. I carried a 950# dresser on it. To load it, I bought an atv 2500# winch and built a removable bracket to hold it while pulling the bike up the ramp. My wife worker the remote control while I balanced the dresser. Worked like a charm. The ramp, bracket, winch and controller stored underneath. My hitch was also under rated for the load, but I had an employee (a certified welder) re enforce it. The hangup was that the 255/80/22.5 tires were overloaded. I called Bob Tiffin and told him of my dilemma and he poneyed up half of the cost to replace all six tires with 275/80/22.5 of any brand at any dealer I wanted. The result was a safe coach carrying a 1,000# weight on the back. I also became a happy lifelong Tiffin owner too. I no longer use the carrier or the winch, so if you want to pursue the same, the whole setup is yours if you want it.
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I had purchased a used Hydralift for my 05 Journey
After all the calculations . I sold it ! And stuck with using my Aluma MC10 trailer .
And if carefull I can back up with it also
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I live in Phoenix and will be in the Upper Midwest next month, if we could work something out at either of the locations in your signature.



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I live in Phoenix and will be in the Upper Midwest next month, if we could work something out at either of the locations in your signature.



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I opted to weld some heavy duty attachment points directly to my frame. I can then slide in these platforms.

I can use one platform and bike if I'm towing a car... or if no car I can put in the second platform and carry two bikes.

Much lighter than the hydralifts, but I do need a ramp to get bikes up/down.
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Looks great. Notice that you also have that tag axle, too! I couldn't find an "envy" emoji...
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Looks great. Notice that you also have that tag axle, too! I couldn't find an "envy" emoji...
Thanks! I travel to racetracks every 2 weeks in the summer and I knew I didn't want to pull a trailer. This way is so nice and easy... especially if I have to back up to do a 3 point turn!

Necessity is the mother of invention, right?

Good luck with what you decide.
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