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Old 07-18-2005, 04:22 PM   #1
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anyone do this? I am considering putting a reciever on the front of my Chevy 3500 and carrying my dirt bike (~300lbs). I could carry it on the back but I have a Lance 11.5ft slide in and although the Torklift SuperHitch is rated to 600lbs tonque weight; it just seems handier to have it on the front so we can get in and out of the back of the rig without having to unload the motorbike
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anyone do this? I am considering putting a reciever on the front of my Chevy 3500 and carrying my dirt bike (~300lbs). I could carry it on the back but I have a Lance 11.5ft slide in and although the Torklift SuperHitch is rated to 600lbs tonque weight; it just seems handier to have it on the front so we can get in and out of the back of the rig without having to unload the motorbike
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Old 07-19-2005, 12:40 AM   #3
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I have seen others do this and do not think you would have a problem doing so. I too would want to have it up front for the same reasons and it seems that it would better balance the rig with it up front. Good luck and send us a photo!
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Old 07-19-2005, 04:38 AM   #4
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I'd suggest hitting the scales loaded up with your camper, driver, passengers, etc. and getting your current axle weights. Then compare them against your front and rear GAWRs (gross axle weight ratings) found on the sticker on your driver's door pillar. You may find that you don't have enough reserve capacity for the weight of the receiver, carrier and motorcycle on the front axle (with the Cummins up front, my Dodge 3500 couldn't handle it). On the other hand, you may be fine. Worth checking out.....

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Old 07-22-2005, 05:53 PM   #5
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I carried a 50cc scooter on the front of my 3500 van for about 20k miles until it 'expired'. (It was old and past it's prime.) The problems I found:
a) lights: With the scooter, the lights did not show the middle of the road as well as I wanted. Fog lights below the bumper resolved that issue. I also had to put some black tape on the rear carrier to prevent glare from the high-beams. I have seen some rigs where additional 'headlights' were mounted on the carrier in front of the bike. It all depends on the way your bike is made and how the headlights are spaced.
b) Front GAW: With my scooter and the load-level bars, I could not put all the weight on the tow vehicle that I really wanted to or the front axel weight was greater than the weight restriction.
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Old 07-30-2005, 05:54 AM   #6
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I carry a Yamaha Bog Wheel on the front of my 1986 3/4 Ton Dodge I use for hunting. I built the holding bracket that has 2 receivers, and this assembly bolts to the frame, front underneath, and the receiver looks similar to some of the ones used for the "push bumper" trucks you see that have old tires bolted to a 2x12 for a "bumper" . Inserted into the 2 receivers is the carrying frame made from box steel plus left over trailer channel that I found in a dumpster (Kit manufacturing). The motorcycle sits in the channel (off set lower), and is held in place by a piece of steel bar extending up from the channel, bolted through the Big Wheel to a bracket on the backside that is bolted to the 2 vertical bumper guards, cushioned with rubber bumpers. Sounds complicated, but the cycle comes off by removing two 3/4" lock nuts, and pushing it down a wooden 2x6 ramp. Both headlights function for night useage, and I've used this since 1987. Anyway ... it can be done, and I've never been stopped.
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