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Old 04-10-2007, 03:49 PM   #15
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this past sunday in Horntown VA we camped next to a poor fellow who's hitch busted while carrying his metric cruiser and towing his truck. The hitch only had the single square reciever and it broke away from a center piece that was attached to an upper cross bar and then it bent the reciever all the way to the ground. There are a lot of products out there that claim they can do the job, common sense should be telling you, BUYER BEWARE. Don't try to chince on a hauling system, it will cost you much more in the long run. So far for the money, I like the blue OX system of 3 recievers, a bit complicated to install, but well worth the effort. We used to have an old saying in the hood, a $5 helmet for a $5 head, get it ?

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Jestme13:
this past sunday in Horntown VA we camped next to a poor fellow who's hitch busted while carrying his metric cruiser and towing his truck.... </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

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What a lot of people do not consider with a lift mounted on the hitch receiver is the amount of dynamic loading or force on the receiver. Static forces are just a small part of the stress on the hitch. When you are rolling down the road, the rig bouncing over the road, the bike is out on the end os a pendulum and trying to swing and being retained by the frame. The dynamic forces are several times the static forces. It has been a long time since I worked with the calculations for this kind of loading, but you need to be sure about hanging several hundred pounds on the end of a moment arm and accelerate it to a limit and then decelerating it many times in a minute.

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We have an 07 Essex with an Overbiltlift on the back that carries my H-D Ultra Classic. The lift is made in NY and is identical to those sold by Blue Ox. (Overbilt makes them for Blue Ox). Previous to the Essex we had the same lift on our 40' Monaco Diplomat.

When the lift is installed they remove the single receiver hitch on the coach and weld a three receiver hitch on. This reduces the static loading on the single hitch and virtually eliminates the twisting motion the hitch would otherwise see (there are multiple receivers).

When we want my DH H-D Softail Classic along also, we pull our Chevy Silverado with her bike in the bed.

Initially I worried about weight and all that until I saw an article in the Monaco publication about a coach with a bike on the back. It was our coach and my bike.
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Another option if money is not an obstacle is to mount a lift into a van so your bike is inside the van being towed by your motorhome. We saw such a rig about ten years ago out at Sturgis and it was a sweet outfit. The lift was custom made by a company that makes wheelchair lifts. A platform that was remote controlled was lowered to the ground, the owner would drive his bike onto the platform and strap it down. The platform also had a clamping wheel chock for the front wheel of the bike. Then the platform would lift the bike upto and then into the back door of the van! It was really neat to watch it work! The owner gave me the address and name of the manufacturer but I lost it when we decided to go the trailer route.
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Old 04-12-2007, 04:06 PM   #20
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Roadpilot, I was actually referring to Blue Ox's manual system, the one with the ramp, way lighter then the auto lift system. I just dont like all that extra weight cantalevered off the rear end.

Ken, very good explaination !!!

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