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Old 01-28-2016, 02:22 PM   #1
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Question Motorcycle Lifts

Looking to have a motorcycle lift put on our next coach to take our Harley with us. I've heard that the hydro. style is the way to go, but not sure. Do they rob much power with a bike & a tow car?? Most of the coaches that we are considering are around 42ft with a tag & have the 400HP Cat or Cummins. Would be looking for a dealer in western Wa State. Not sure what they cost " Out The Door ". Any advice? Thanks BOB

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Old 01-28-2016, 06:22 PM   #2
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Check HydraLift and Cruiserlift. Both are rated for 1,000 lbs. Either will do the job. Look for $3,500 to $5,000. Have to check that you have load capacity on the rear axle as you'll be adding 1,500 - 1,800 lbs to the axle. Should be alright with a tag. Don't understand your concern about engine size. Both lifts operate of your house batteries to provide the lift.

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Old 01-28-2016, 06:28 PM   #3
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Just to reply, I have had a hydro lift for three and a half years. I just had it removed from one coach and installed on another. Never had a problem. Talked with people that had Cruiser lift and they had no problem either but the only difference I can see is the hydro lift will accept platforms for golf carts three-wheel motorcycles etc. Whichever you choose I'm sure will be happy.
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Old 01-28-2016, 06:38 PM   #4
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HydraLift is excellent and should be fine with a Motorhome with a tag axle. I'm on my second one only because the previous MH was single rear axle and although it drove just fine, no difference in handling, I was over weight on the single rear axle. Great Lift.
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Old 01-28-2016, 06:52 PM   #5
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I'm running the Overbilt lift for my Road King with excellent results. The manufacturer is located not to far from my home so I had the installation done there. Very neat and professional installation. Bike loads easily with many tie down locations and I added the receiver so I tow my car behind it.
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I've had the Hydra Lift for 7 years and have carried my Road King nearly 50k miles, while towing a Ram 1500. No problems and can't tell it's back there.
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Old 01-28-2016, 08:19 PM   #7
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The big difference is installation costs.
Hydralift is approx. $4800 plus 1500-200 for install.
Cruiserlift is $3500 and they claim two people can install in less than 2 hours.
Both claim a 1000 lb capacity.

I am sure there are others out there.

Investigate and get what will work for you and your MH.
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Old 01-28-2016, 11:08 PM   #8
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We had a Cruiserlift on our last coach and had no problems with it. Our new (to us) coach can't support it, so we will be selling it. Originally had it installed by Smitty's in Katy TX, and they needed a full day to install.
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Old 01-29-2016, 06:48 AM   #9
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I looked at both the CruiserLift and HydraLift. I really liked the HydraLift system the best, but I opted for the CruiserLift instead.

Why? ....

Well the CruiserLift uses very common components. Pins, bolts, even the ATV winch can be purchased at Walmart or Tractor Supply Co. So if I'm off somewhere remote, I can always purchase the parts needed to get my lift going again (in the event of a failure).

With the HydraLift, if that hydraulic pump fails, I'm kind of hosed.

Also, the CruiserLift is easier to detach when I don't plan to haul the bike. The HydraLift requires you to disconnect hydraulic lines to remove it, so most folks just leave them on the coach all the time.
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Old 01-29-2016, 08:32 AM   #10
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Also, the CruiserLift is easier to detach when I don't plan to haul the bike.
That is a big factor in your decision. I use the Overbilt and remove it for trips when I don't want the bike or want to be as short as possible. The lift adds length, 4' on mine. Some lifts fold up & don't add much length but restrict access to the engine. I can remove or install it in around 15 minutes. I put wheels on it & roll it around to store it.
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I might as well throw my two cents in here too. After much research and investigation, we found the Hydralift to be the best and most well built lift on the market. They have a very stout and stable system. And, they know it too because, it's the most priciest. They normally hover around $4,500 plus or minus new but, we got lucky one afternoon while cruising around on ebay. We found one on a pallet in a car dealership.

Well, a phone call to the seller and, we negotiated a deal and, a short road trip later, we had a flawless Hydralift for $1,800. I did the install which, is no more difficult than the Cruiserlift or, Blue Ox Platform or even like a buddy of mine does, which he installs Rampage lifts parallel to the back of the coach.

One of the items I took into consideration when designing my install was the fact that I knew I would want to remove that lift for whatever reason, quickly and efficiently. We have an '04 Itasca Horizon 36GD with the C-7 330HP CAT and, I knew I'd need to perform maintenance every so often so, I set that lift up so that it was completely off the coach, in right close to 6 minutes. That was accomplished by installing a hydraulic, quick release fitting at the rear of the coach and, a quick release "Weather Pak" electrical connector at the same area.

The Hydralift does have the ability to tilt upwards for conditions when it will not be needed for hauling a bike which, simply creates better platform-to-hood clearance for a toad. So, you have that option if you need or want it.

As for the worry about the pump going out, well, in all the years I dealt with it, and knowing many other M/C riders who use that Hydralift and, all the readings on here and other RV forums, I've NEVER heard of ONE PUMP going out on any Hydralift. Does that mean it can't happen, nope, not at all, just never heard of one actually doing it.

If one is dilligent and, willing to wait and be ready, a deal on a Hydralift WILL pop up, every now and then. There are many RV purchasers out there that have purchased RVs with Hydralifts on the back, only to sell them 'cause they have no intention of using it. But, if you're the kind that simply makes a phone call and orders one up to a local installer, well, I guess that's just fine too.

I did the install and, had a great time doing it. It was a challenge due to the fact that lots of clearances, pertaining to the lift arms and the Honda GL 1800 Goldwing that we hauled, needed to be considered.

I personally think the Hydralift is the only way to go, due to its high quality and stability, even though it's a bit higher in cost. I have talked with other RV folks at campgrounds/RV parks etc. with other lifts and, upon close examination, the other lifts seem to me, to be quite a bit less stable. In other words, the lift and the bike move around quite a bit more than the Hydralift does. But, if the other one work for you, that's great.

Anyway OP, good luck in your search and endeavor. I loved carrying the Wing back there and having whatever kind of toad also.
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Well upon close examination, the other lifts seem to me, to be quite a bit less stable. In other words, the lift and the bike move around quite a bit more than the Hydralift does.
I believe you would find the Overbilt lift on my camper to be as stable as a Hydralift. The lift has well over 50,000 miles on it including a trip up the Alcan to Fairbanks with no problems.

I don't have a preference as they all do the job and I don't see any falling of & laying on the roadside. It depends on the individual needs; accessibility to the engine, ability to easily remove it etc.

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