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Old 04-07-2007, 04:24 PM   #1
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Please let me know how you decided to bring your motorcycle along. I have a Harley, and they are rather heavy. I have seen both hydraulic and cable lifts attached to the rear frame. What did you do? How did you decide, and did you weigh it before and after?

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Old 04-07-2007, 04:24 PM   #2
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Please let me know how you decided to bring your motorcycle along. I have a Harley, and they are rather heavy. I have seen both hydraulic and cable lifts attached to the rear frame. What did you do? How did you decide, and did you weigh it before and after?

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Old 04-07-2007, 06:44 PM   #3
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As you can see we use a small enclosed trailer. Easier to load, keeps bike clean, dry, secure, and doesn't take up much room at the campsite or in our garage. But some people like and use a lift attached to the back of their motorhome. To each their own. Good luck in your decision.
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Old 04-07-2007, 07:35 PM   #4
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Thanks. I was actually considering putting my wifes car, and the motorcycle in an enclosed trailer. (If we full time) If we don't, and get a coach in the 36 to 38' range, we may be able to tow a small car, and have the bike on the lift. My main concern is the axle weight for the rear of the MH. I have been researching and have been really impressed with the Winnebago industries lines. If we full time, we would be looking at the Tour. If we keep our home in Washington, or Kentucky, we can look at the Workhorse chassis. Again, thanks for chiming in.

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Old 04-08-2007, 07:06 AM   #5
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RideSlow,

Good friends of ours have an '06 Diplomat 40' and a full dress Harley. They tow a Ford P/U with lift mounted in the P/U bed. Load at street level and the lift puts the motorcycle up into the bed. The P/U has a crew cab.

Best of all worlds. Wife can drive P/U to the supermarket or wherever -- or they can take another couple to dinner. And they are not hanging 1200+ pounds (cycle & lift) off the back end.

If you decide to go with a lift -- weigh the RV first (before you buy it) to find out how much weight is already on the rear axle (motorhome empty), add for the water you will carry -- add for motorcycle and lift weight. Check against rear axle GAWR. Then think about how much stuff you won't be able to put into the basement compartments without exceeding GAWR.

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Old 04-08-2007, 10:47 AM   #6
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As you consider your options, you might want to check these tow dollys:

http://www.racecityrvproducts.com/Models.htm
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Here's a lift I took some pics of at Lazydays....



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Wish I would have taken a picture when the Mini Cooper was also hooked up...but this rig was next to us last month. The people had just sold their house and was going to go "ful timing". She promised him 6 months and then "she" would see...but they also tow a Mini Cooper.
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Old 04-08-2007, 08:54 PM   #10
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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 Roland:
RideSlow,

Good friends of ours have an '06 Diplomat 40' and a full dress Harley. They tow a Ford P/U with lift mounted in the P/U bed. Load at street level and the lift puts the motorcycle up into the bed. The P/U has a crew cab.

Best of all worlds. Wife can drive P/U to the supermarket or wherever -- or they can take another couple to dinner. And they are not hanging 1200+ pounds (cycle & lift) off the back end.

If you decide to go with a lift -- weigh the RV first (before you buy it) to find out how much weight is already on the rear axle (motorhome empty), add for the water you will carry -- add for motorcycle and lift weight. Check against rear axle GAWR. Then think about how much stuff you won't be able to put into the basement compartments without exceeding GAWR.

Green lights and soft breezes, </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I have considered the pickup option, makes much sense. Also, seems to be that making the rear axle weights legal and safe will be an issue, if I hang it off the back.
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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 rebelsbeach:
Here's a lift I took some pics of at Lazydays....
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Thanks, I was on the phone with them, that is the lift they use, it is produced locally. They didn't have a picture, so yours is very helpful.
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David,

I have just recently added an electric (EZ-CARRIER) lift for my 350 lb, 250CC Honda Helix scooter to the back of my 1987 30' Holiday Rambler gas motorhome. The lift weighs about 100 lbs.

With adjustments such as removing the spare tire and rim from the rear bumber location and removing 1/2 the fresh water from under the bed at the rear, I have managed to have the scooter mounted with some weight leeway on the back axle.

With scaling up of coach weight carrying capacity, I'm sure your bike could be mounted like mine with the right equipment. My older coach's total GVRW is about 14,600 lb. Not that much compared to more modern and larger rigs. But it works well for me.

Your expense would also be scaled up considerably from mine, for sure.

Just some thoughts. I wish I had pictures, but this is too new for me yet (I forgot the first and last time I had it all put together). Next time I'm out.
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David,

I have '02 Journey 32ft with a lift manufactured by RV Lifts of America on it. It uses a Superwinch to raise the bike. I've carried two different bikes on it, at different times. Previously I had a 1150RT BMW. That bike was in 600lbs range and the lift handled it well. And no noticeable impact on the motorhome's handling. Currently I have 1200LT, that's pushing the 900lbs mark on the scale. This bike is a little too big for the lift, in my opinion, even tho the lift is rated to carry 1000lbs or 1500lbs.

My lift requires the use of a fairly long bar that gets inserted into the center tube of a 3 tube receiver to be able to tow a car behind the lift (whether the lift is carrying a motorcycle or not). And it's quite difficult to remove this bar without also removing the Roadmaster towbar from it separately. So the process of loading/unloading the bike and dealing with a toad can be quite cumbersome. Throw in some unpleasant weather and a lot of road grime, and it's very easy to get very dirty in performing either aspect of the task.

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I used a 6x12 enclosed trailer w/electric brakes. Holds 2 bikes.Also a nice place to put fishing poles on the sides.(see the photo)
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