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Old 01-24-2014, 05:24 PM   #1
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Motorcycle Carrier Ramp

I have a Versahaul MC hitch mounted carrier on my 07 Southwind and it's ramp results in a steep climb to put a bike on.

I'm interested in anyone else who has had to overcome this steep ramp grade with an MC hitch mounted carrier.

I have considered using one of those synthetic car ramp blocks on the ground to lessen the grade of the ramp. They're usually about 36" ish long and 10" high.

Any input is appreciated.....



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Old 01-24-2014, 05:47 PM   #2
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Maybe try an aluminum ramp that has a arch or curve to it. You can have them made to size if need be.
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Maybe try an aluminum ramp that has a arch or curve to it. You can have them made to size if need be.
That is an option I guess but the carrier provides a ramp etc so it's a neat package. I think placing the end of the stock ramp onto a short extension etc is a more simple/cheaper/storage efficient solution.

Just thought someone else with an MC carrier on a high mounted hitch may have had other thoughts.

Thanks though....
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Put the front of your coach on the jacks. That will lower your tail considerably, especially if you have much overhang.
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I use a drop down hitch receiver so that lowers the bike rake about 6" and that helps a lot. Then I rest the bottom of the ramp on one or two of my leveler pads.
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I have a question about motorcycle carriers. Doesn't putting a motorcycle on a hitch carrier exceed the "tongue" weight of the hitch? I know a 5000 lb hitch usually only recommends 500 lb vertical or "tongue" weight, and I would thinks even a 10000 lb hitch would only recommend 1000 or 1500 lbs max. Are you able to haul full size motorcycles on this type of carrier? Thanks.
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Put the front of your coach on the jacks. That will lower your tail considerably, especially if you have much overhang.
Coming from a 5th wheel I keep forgetting that I have jacks. Never even considered just raising the front ones, I'll give that a try to see if it drops the rear enough.

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I use a drop down hitch receiver so that lowers the bike rake about 6" and that helps a lot. Then I rest the bottom of the ramp on one or two of my leveler pads.
I have a drop down hitch that is used in conjunction with the tow bar however it put the whole carrier further back than I want.
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I have a question about motorcycle carriers. Doesn't putting a motorcycle on a hitch carrier exceed the "tongue" weight of the hitch? I know a 5000 lb hitch usually only recommends 500 lb vertical or "tongue" weight, and I would thinks even a 10000 lb hitch would only recommend 1000 or 1500 lbs max. Are you able to haul full size motorcycles on this type of carrier? Thanks.
All of these hitch carriers have the specs of what weight of bike they'll support. That information along with the class of hitch on your coach will dictate what you can carry.

In my case the hitch has a 500 lb maximum and my carrier will support a 500 pound bike.......so taking the 90 pound weight of the carrier itself that leaves me with a maximum bike weight of 410. The KL250 dual sport I carry is 260 so I'm fine.

These types of carriers can be augmented with an additional support bar welded to the frame on either side of the hitch (they slide into their own receiver) which raises the weight to 1000.

I just wanted something small enough to roll onto the carrier and amuse me when the DW is doing other things.
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So you have a KL250. Ever seen trials riders? You shouldn't need no stinkin ramp
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So you have a KL250. Ever seen trials riders? You shouldn't need no stinkin ramp
LOL....yes I have, but not 59 year old ones with a weak lower back!
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I have a question about motorcycle carriers. Doesn't putting a motorcycle on a hitch carrier exceed the "tongue" weight of the hitch? I know a 5000 lb hitch usually only recommends 500 lb vertical or "tongue" weight, and I would thinks even a 10000 lb hitch would only recommend 1000 or 1500 lbs max. Are you able to haul full size motorcycles on this type of carrier? Thanks.
You are correct, most of the carriers designed to carry full size bikes require you to change the hitch to a triple receiver type. I trailer haul my Harley until I can save up for a Cruserlift, I think this design is best for transporting bikes.

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You are correct, most of the carriers designed to carry full size bikes require you to change the hitch to a triple receiver type. I trailer haul my Harley until I can save up for a Cruserlift, I think this design is best for transporting bikes.

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See...Bill has the same set up, albeit with two additional supports for the heavier load, but in his case he can let the air out and wheel the HD off whereas I don't have the air option.....hence the steep ramp.
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I just looked at a photo of that carrier and can't understand why they didn't make the ramp the same length as the carrier. If raising the front of the coach does not help enough, I would bolt/weld 2 pieces of angle iron on ramp and extend the ramp length another 18 inches or so. I made my whole carrier out of angle iron. There is a gap between the 2 pieces for the tray, but it doesn't hurt anything.
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